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.
Tiana Caldwell lives in Kansas City, Missouri. And when On Point first spoke with her in May 2020, Tiana had been furloughed from her job and had just received an eviction notice from her landlord. In this radio diary, she joins us with an update on her life. "I fought, I didn't just lay down. It makes you feel like you are not powerless," she says.
$800 billion in COVID relief funds still hasn't made it to the American people. In Pennsylvania, $2.5 billion of that aid is being moved to the state's “rainy day fund.” We track unspent pandemic relief funds. Marc Goldwein, Rep. Torren Ecker and Claudia Sahm join Meghna Chakrabarti.
1 in 5 American health care workers have left the profession since the pandemic hit. The pandemic has pushed what was already a tough situation into crisis mode. And as psychiatrist Wendy Dean sees it, this is more than just burnout. What's driving the pandemic's health care exodus? Cassandra Alexander, Wendy Dean and Elaine Batchlor join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Journalist George Packer says our country is divided into four factions “pitting tribe against tribe.” He's reported on political divides around the world. Does he think America can be united once again? In this rebroadcast, George Packer and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
People. Don't. Listen. “There's so much in our society that is encouraging us not to listen," Kate Murphy says. What is good listening and can it make a difference? In this rebroadcast, Kate Murphy and John Wood, Jr. join Meghna Chakrabarti.
President Biden made a big claim when he signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. We check that claim, and the reality of how far the U.S. has to go for truly world class infrastructure. Nancy Qian and Kevin DeGood join Meghna Chakrabarti.
With the $1 trillion infrastructure act signed into law, state and local officials must now determine how most of that money will be spent. We talk with some of those with the power to make or break the infrastructure law. Gov. Janet Mills, Mayor Acquanetta Warren and Derek Green join Meghna Chakrabarti.
There's $8 billion in the new Infrastructure act for preserving water systems in the West. We look at where the money will go and what difference it could make. Professor Richard White and Kyle Roerink join Meghna Chakrabarti.
President Joe Biden signed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill this week. Tucked into the plan includes the Biden administration's belief in the importance of nuclear power. Ernest Moniz, Allison Macfarlane and Rita Baranwal join Meghna Chakrabarti.
What are American school kids being taught about climate change? Journalist Katie Worth visited schools and analyzed dozens of textbooks, and she says a web of corporate and political influences is miseducating many school children about climate change. Katie Worth, Kristen Del Real and Deb Morrison join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Vaccines are still the first, best way to end the pandemic. But can so-called therapeutics also help? The FDA says there are 11 treatments already authorized for emergency use. We learn about therapeutics, and the part they play in the fight against COVID. Dr. Preeti Malani, Dr. Nahid Bhadelia and Dr. George Yancopoulos join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Zillow went on an algorithmic home-buying spree. It didn't work. But what is algorithmic home-buying? We learn the impact AI home-buying is having on the housing market. Gregor Matvos and Jeff Meyers join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Something strange is happening to American officials around the world. Migraines, dizziness, even brain injury. And the incidents keep happening. So who, or what, is behind Havana Syndrome? Adam Entous and Frank Figliuzzi join Meghna Chakrabarti.
China vows to take back Taiwan, as Xi Jinping warns against American interference. But for the U.S., Taiwan is about a lot more than Taiwan itself. What is America's true interest in Taiwan? Oriana Skylar Mastro, Yun Sun and Steve Blank join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Democrats lost the governorship in Virginia. What did voters really care about? A long-time democratic analyst joins us with the lessons he's learned from Virginia, and why he's worried his party refuses to see the bigger picture. Ruy Teixeira and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Mayoral elections across the country this week. We take a look at who will next lead America's cities, and the impact those mayoral races may have on national politics. Anthony Brooks, Jon Collins, David Hyde, Rose Scott and Dave Debo join Meghna Chakrabarti.
About 180 countries have some sort of paid parental leave. We hear from moms around the world about how those nations made it work. Isra'a Hamdeh, Jody Heymann, Dr. Raisa Renner and Tilde Bang-Kristensen join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Interest rates, inflation, employment. That's where the Fed formally flexes its power. That's also why Karen Petrou says it's an 'engine of inequality.' Could that change? Karen Petrou and Jeffrey Lacker join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Kids today face a unique combination of challenges, from the pandemic, to climate change and political unrest. On today's hour, two young people share why so many kids are looking to the future with everything from trepidation to impending doom.
From the pandemic to climate change, politics and social media, kids are pessimistic about their future. It's hurting them, and us all. We talk to people who say it's time to do something about it. Elissa Epel and Doug Abrams join Meghna Chakrabarti.
The race for Governor of Virginia may be the most important political contest of the year. We look at Virginia's governor's race and what it says about the political parties – and where the country's heading. Mel Leonor and Bob Holsworth join Anthony Brooks.
Senate Republicans have used the filibuster to block major voting rights legislation twice this year. Meanwhile, at least 19 states have enacted 33 laws that make it harder to vote. What would it take to pass voting rights legislation? Jack Beatty, Tia Mitchell, Sen. Angus King and LaTosha Brown join Anthony Brooks.
Inflation is back. The past year has seen more than a 5% jump in the Consumer Price Index. While the price of food, gas, cars, lumber are all up. But what is inflation, and do economists really know how it works? Jack Beatty, Diane Swonk and Laura Tyson join Meghna Chakrabarti.
In a full, unedited version of our conversation "From unknown successes to personal disillusionment: What the public doesn't know about Colin Powell," Retired Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as Colin Powell's chief of staff for more than a decade, reflects on Powell's life and legacy.
Colin Powell served America at its highest levels. Joint Chiefs Chairman. Secretary of State. A man both celebrated and tarnished by war. We look back on his life and legacy with his former chief of staff. Ret. Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
Texas's Rio Grande Valley is diverse and politically powerful. Until recently, the nation's two political parties saw the voters of the Rio Grande as a monolith. But that's been changing over the past two election cycles. We look at why Republicans and Democrats are working to woo voters along the Rio Grande. Cynthia Villarreal, Xavier Villarreal, Michael Rodriguez, Rogelio Nuñez and Perla Bazan join Meghna Chakrabarti.
In Uganda, like many countries, malaria is endemic and deadly. But that might soon change. After 40 years in development, the WHO has approved the first ever malaria vaccine. Malaria has shaped human history. Could that story now be coming to a hopeful end? Dr. James Tibenderana and Dr. Ripley Ballou join Meghna Chakrabarti.
School boards are a new nexus of America's culture wars. Some say the targeting of school boards is a political tactic used by right-wing organizations. We hear that deeper story. Peter Montgomery, Noah Weinrich and Laura Vozzella join Meghna Chakrabarti.
The Supreme Court is supposed to rule by the law alone. But Randall Kennedy says that doesn't always happen. “A very common misconception is that the Supreme Court is above politics." If the Supreme Court is too ideological, what should be done about it? Randall Kennedy and David Cole join Meghna Chakrabarti.
New Zealand was aiming for 'COVID zero.' What does New Zealand's changing strategy tell us about what the pandemic's end should look like? Dr. Celine Gounder, Joseph Allen and Dale Fisher join Meghna Chakrabarti.
For decades, scholar Randall Kennedy has been writing about race, culture and the law. “We are certainly much further from the racial promised land than I had thought that we were," he says. Randall Kennedy joins Meghna Chakrabarti.
A former Facebook employee says the social media giant knows it is tearing society apart. Will Facebook face its Big Tobacco moment? Sharon Eubanks, Kate Klonick and Phil Weiser join Meghna Chakrabarti.
The brain, behavior and authoritarianism. Understanding the social and neurological forces that drive people to turn their backs on democracy. Timothy Snyder and Lisa Feldman Barrett join Meghna Chakrabarti.
The price tag for the Democrats' social spending bill may be shrinking – but the needs of Americans are not. We hear what stays in the bill, what goes and what it all means for Americans who need help. Jennifer Bendery and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Our series The Prime Effect explores the ways Amazon is changing how we live, work and shop. In a bonus episode live from CitySpace, host Meghna Chakrabarti and senior editor Dorey Scheimer give you a behind-the-scenes breakdown of what they learned while producing the eight-part series.
Local police departments can't put a corner at the end of every street. But Amazon already has—with Ring cameras. So what is Amazon really doing with all your data? We look at Amazon and surveillance. Ramesh Srinivasan and Jon Callas join Meghna Chakrabarti.
Maren Costa worked at Amazon for 15 years. That abruptly ended last spring when she spoke out about the company's climate impact. In the sixth episode of our series "The Prime Effect," we look at Amazon's labor force, and how, someday, it could be changing how you work. Karen Weise and David Glick join Meghna Chakrabarti.