On Point Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.
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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

Most Recent Episodes

Hungary's A Textbook Case For Democracy In Decline. Is America Next?

Political science scholars look at Viktor Orban's regime in Hungary as a textbook case of rapid democratic decline. Is America moving in a similar direction? We learn what Hungary can teach the U.S. about accelerating authoritarianism. Jack Beatty and Kim Scheppele join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Addressing The Racial Inequities Of The Interstate Highway System

The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 authorized the construction of 41,000 miles of interstate highways that would connect our nation. But those highways also displaced and divided Black communities. Can the damage be undone? Deborah Archer joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Inside Merrick Garland's Vision Of Justice

Three months into the job, we take a close look at the DOJ under Attorney General Merrick Garland. From the ballot box to domestic terrorism: what is Garland's vision of justice? Paula Reid and Frank Figliuzzi join Meghna Chakrabarti.

First Person: Adrienne Maree Brown Finds Joy In Finding Her People

adrienne maree brown is a scholar and author of "Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good." In this diary, she reflects on a year-plus of COVID, and finding joy in the midst of overwhelming world events.

The Political Past And Present Of Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema

Arizona's Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema says her 'brand' is bipartisanship. Sinema isn't an everyday senator. We talk with Arizonans about Sinema's life story, what she stands for, and what she's really trying to accomplish. Ron Hansen, Adam Jentleson and Kent Burbank join Meghna Chakrabarti.

America's Electric Vehicle Future

President Biden took a spin in Ford's new all electric F-150. American automakers say it's not long before they'll completely stop making cars that run on gas. Is this the turning point towards an all-electric future? Darren Palmer and Jeremy J. Michalek join Meghna Chakrabarti.

In 'How Rights Went Wrong,' Reimagining America's Legal Approach To Rights

In the U.S., individual rights are sacrosanct. Legal scholar Jamal Greene calls that "rightsism," and says it's pushing the country in the wrong direction. We hear why he says it's time to reduce the focus on individual rights. Jamal Greene and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

In 'How Rights Went Wrong,' Reimagining America's Legal Approach To Rights

Former IRS Chiefs On How To Fix The Tax Gap

President Biden wants to increase the capital gains tax. Former IRS commissioners Charles Rossotti and Fred Goldberg say the administration should go after tax cheats instead. They've got a plan to fix the tax gap, and we'll hear it. Charles Rossotti and Fred Goldberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Understanding Putin's Playbook In A Biden Presidency

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon meet face-to-face for the first time in 10 years. Much has changed in the world — and in Putin himself. Understanding Vladimir Putin's playbook in a Biden presidency. Ambassador Michael McFaul, Nina Khrushcheva, Andrew Weiss and Ambassador John Bolton join Meghna Chakrabarti.

America's Crime Surge: Why Violence Is Rising, And Solutions To Fix It

The homicide rate in some large cities rose by 30% last year. The violence shows no signs of slowing down. We take a look at what's behind the sudden spike, and solutions that could reverse the trend. Patrick Sharkey and Eddie Bocanegra join Meghna Chakrabarti.