On Point

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Go behind the headlines: From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point hosts Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik speak with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

Kate O'Neill's obituary for a young Vermont mother's opioid addiction went viral. So did the response from the Burlington, Vermont, police chief Brandon del Pozo. Also, David Folkenflik hears from Beth Macy, author of "Dopesick."


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Potentially lethal packages sent to top Democrats, and CNN. The midterm debates go from hot to fiery. On Khashoggi's murder, the Saudis confirm, then squirm. Seung Min Kim, Daniel Dale and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
Writer Dan Lyons says Silicon Valley values are spreading us across the country and have made a lot of folks unhappy and stressed at work. He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Former Sen. Bob Graham can't forget what he learned about Saudi Arabia when he chaired the 9/11 Commission. And with the murder of the Saudi journalist, he tells Meghna Chakrabarti it's high time to stop coddling the kingdom.
President Trump threatens to withdraw from a key nuclear missile treaty with Russia, and hints at another arms race with Russia and China. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Anton Troianovski, Joe Cirincione and Evelyn Farkas.
Harrowing stories of discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. It's rampant and in some cases, can lead to miscarriage. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Natalie Kitroeff and Joan Williams.
African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a "literal arms race ... ramped up by racialized fear." He joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Health care is dominating midterm messaging. But Democrats and Republicans are offering two starkly different visions. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks to Jo Mannies, Jonathan Cohn and Reid Epstein about what's resonating with voters and why.
RuPaul Charles, America's most famous drag queen, was abandoned by his father as a child. He says it was an experience he couldn't let go. RuPaul tell Meghna Chakrabarti it was drag that finally set him free.
With the midterms on deck is there a security plan in place to protect your vote against foreign interference? Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Tim Starks, Eric Rosenbach and Marian Schneider.
A black teenager sees a friend killed by a white police officer. That's the storyline of the new film "The Hate U Give." The director George Tillman Jr. and young activists Kaia Hines, Alycia Moaton and Demitrius Doward tell David Folkenflik stories.
Secrets, lies, truths and U.S.-Saudi relations. Gloves come off in midterm battles. Elizabeth Warren's DNA. Margaret Talev, Fernando Pizarro and Jack Beatty join David Folkenflik.
The new movie "First Man" puts the Apollo 11 moon landing on the big screen. But what was Neil Armstrong, the man who took that giant leap, really like? Meghna Chakrabarti asks NASA historian and Armstrong biographer, James Hansen.
The Trump Administration wants pharma companies to list drug prices on ads for all prescriptions paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. Could it drive down costs? Sarah Karlin-Smith, Gail Wilensky, David Mitchell and Dr. Michael Ybarra join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Sears once changed the American marketplace. Now, it's filed for bankruptcy. Sarah Halzack, Vicki Howard and Louis Hyman join Meghna Chakrabarti to look at the retail industry's latest disruption.
Affirmative Action is on trial. Harvard goes to court to defend itself against charges it discriminates against Asian-American applicants. Max Larkin, Peter Wood and Nicole Gon Ochi look at the debate with Meghna Chakrabarti.
NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. opens up to Meghna Chakrabarti about concussions, fears and why he put the brakes on his storied career. We also hear from Michael Collins, who's treated Earnhardt Jr. for concussions since 2012.
President Trump vows severe punishment and sends Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman as the rift grows over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. David Kirkpatrick, Steven A. Cook and Bernard Haykel join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Stephen Walt on U.S. foreign policy failures. He says it all traces back to what Walt calls a "liberal hegemony" and the idea that the U.S. can spread democracy without accountability. Walt tells Meghna Chakrabarti it's time for a more restrained approach.
Ayesha Rascoe, Naftali Bendavid and Adam Smith join Meghna Chakrabarti and open their notebooks to look ahead to the week's news at home and abroad.