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Why do some many people care about celebrities? Our guest says the obsession took hold in the 19th century, and she has the scrapbooks to prove it. Sharon Marcus and Radhika Jones join Meghna Chakrabarti.
The Cosby actor, job-shaming and the dignity of work. The photo that went viral sparked an emotional debate. Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with Barbara Ehrenreich and Aliya S. King.
Germany has a private health care system like the U.S., but even the sickest patients rarely pay more than $11 for a prescription. How? Noam Levey and Leigh Purvis join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Listener voices drive On Point. We get many voicemails, emails and social media messages with thoughts, concerns and questions. Today, as a pod exclusive, we share some of your messages about insurrection and impeachment. Got a comment, question or thought for us? Call our voicemail line at 617-353-0683. We look forward to hearing from you! 
We bring back guests from our voter roundtable series to hear how they're thinking through insurrection and impeachment. Can Americans talk with each other across political divides?  Lucas Johnson, Lupe Harpster, Mike Richards, Bella D’Alacio, Daniele Anderson, Vadim Ostrovsky and Matt Powell join Meghna Chakrabarti.
America's racist roots were on display as pro-Trump extremists paraded the confederate flag in the Capitol on Jan. 6th. We discuss race, racism and the role it played in last week's attack on the Capitol. Keisha Blain, Brittany Packnett Cunningham and Jemar Tisby join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Pro-Trump extremists breached the Capitol, attacked police and called for the Vice President's execution. Now, national security experts see an even bigger danger. Are we facing domestic insurgency? And if we are, how can we heal as a nation?  Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Frank Figliuzzi and David Kilcullen join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
House Democrats introduce an article of impeachment. What should accountability look like in the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol? Rep. Jason Crow, Rep. Ruben Gallego, Olivia Troye and Kate Shaw join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
Right-wing extremists plotted their Capitol insurrection openly on social media. So, what are they saying they'll do next? And this time, will law enforcement pay attention? David Ignatius, Alexandra Levine, and Daniel J. Jones join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Republican Mitch McConnell sends a warning to party rebels. Rioters attack the Capitol. Democrats win the Senate. We make sense of a historic week. Jack Beatty, Rose Scott and Heather Cox Richardson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Calls grow for the president's removal, from top Democrats and at least one Republican. In a special edition of On Point, we make sense of chaos and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. How can we restore the health of our democracy? Stephen Henderson, David Blight and Jason Stanley join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Yesterday, a mob descended on the United States Capitol. The world witnessed the consequences of rhetoric that subverts the truth and incites violence. We discuss what yesterday’s chaos means for our democracy. Matt Fuller, Jennifer Horn, Timothy Snyder, Rep. Raul Ruiz and Kwame Rose join Meghna Chakrabarti.
As President Trump continues his efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election, Hagel joins On Point senior editor Dorey Scheimer for an extended conversation on the presidency, military and how to strengthen American democracy. "You cannot allow yourself to be degraded in any way by partisanship and politics," Hagel says, speaking directly to military members. "You’ve got to stay above it all. Because you’re better than that."
President Donald Trump is attempting to subvert the will of the voters and overturn his election loss. But is he considering using the military to do so? We have an extended conversation with former defense secretary William Cohen about the presidency, military and how to strengthen American democracy. William Cohen joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
The pandemic could end in 2021, if enough Americans get vaccinated. But many don't want to. We take a look at what's driving that fear, and what it will take to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy. Dr. Georges Benjamin, Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
The winners in Georgia’s runoff election will tilt the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. So, what is a runoff election anyway and why don’t all states do it? Experts say it’s all rooted in racism and just another way to disenfranchise. We take a look. Paula Reid, Jack Beatty, Adrienne Jones and Cal Jillson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Across 2020, we heard your stories: from health care workers to an unemployed mom to a journalist who was tear-gassed. Meghna Chakrabarti listens back to some favorite radio diaries.
What has become of the common good? Political theorist Michael Sandel traces how meritocracy went from a satiric idea in the 1950s to a bedrock of American culture – and what we might have lost in its ascendance.
We talk with entrepreneur and author Margaret Heffernan about how we can best survive -- and even embrace -- the chaos of a pandemic.
Over her decades-long career, racism has never been far from journalist Michelle Singletary’s experience in the newsroom. Now, she’s confronting misconceptions around race. Michelle Singletary joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
In December 2019, historian Tim Snyder got so sick he almost died. Snyder says his hospital experience taught him about the powerful relationship between health and liberty in the United States. Timothy Snyder joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Kermode bears, also known as spirit bears, are incredibly elusive. They live only in one section of British Columbia’s central coast, and a new study indicates the gene that turns their fur white is even rarer than previously thought. We talk to two researchers from the study about the quest to protect and preserve the Great Bear Rainforest. Christina Service and Doug Neasloss join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Today, we wanted to share a small gift — an On Point holiday present, if you will. Last week, we explored the mutual benefit of kindness: how being kind to others not only helps the recipient of that, but also the giver. And when we reached out to you for your stories of kindness, so many of you had something to share. Take a listen to these stories of kindness that celebrate how good humanity can be when we want to.
In a year defined by the pandemic, protests and politics, we look back on 2020 with journalists from around the country. Rose Scott, Stephen Henderson, Jackie Fortiér and Shane Dixon Kavanaugh join Meghna Chakrabarti.
President-elect Joe Biden has named his new environment team. But what can they realistically achieve -- and are they ambitious enough? Evan Weber, Lisa DeVille and Shalanda Baker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
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Podcast Details

Created by
WBUR
Podcast Status
Active
Started
Apr 4th, 2011
Latest Episode
Jan 15th, 2021
Release Period
Daily
Episodes
1872
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
No
Order
Episodic
Language
English

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