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.
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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.

Most Recent Episodes

Understanding J. Edgar Hoover's America

Former FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover. He hated the American left. Demonized and investigated his critics. But what did the rest of America think about him? Beverly Gage joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Mosul, 5 years later: Rebuilding a city from rubble

In 2017, the battle to retake Mosul from ISIS razed the city to the ground. Approximately 10,000 civilians died. Their families have spent the past five years trying to bring their city back. Ali Baroodi, Maria Rita Acetoso and Sarhang Hamasaeed join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Learning from Mauna Loa: How the volcanic eruption will shape Hawaiian history

Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano is erupting for the first time in nearly four decades. A new generation of researchers equipped with new technology are observing the primal forces that continue to shape the planet.

Learning from Mauna Loa: How the volcanic eruption will shape Hawaiian history

What China's zero COVID protests tell us about China today

Across China, remarkable public demonstrations against the country's zero COVID policy. Could this mark the surfacing of deeper discontent in Chinese society? Dr. Yangyang Cheng joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

How children are taught to read faces a reckoning

Huge numbers of kids are struggling to read. Why? Because literacy curriculum used in thousands of classrooms doesn't work. Emily Hanford joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Essential trust: How to rebuild trust in America

Studies show a majority of Americans believe other Americans mostly look out for themselves. With trust on the decline, can it be rebuilt? Robert Putnam and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Essential trust: How healthy skepticism builds trust

Trust is essential for survival, for relationships, for a civilized society. But trust needs an ally. We hear why building trust needs a good dose of healthy skepticism, too. Sanford "Sandy" Goldberg, Jack Beatty and Julia Jordan-Zachery join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Essential trust: Lessons from Brazil's trust crisis

Brazilians have low levels of institutional trust. They also have low levels of trust in each other. Why? Chayenne Polimédio and Rafael Ioris join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Essential trust: The brain science of trust

What happens in our brains when we trust someone? Neuroscientists explain how our brains process trust, and why it's worth the risk. Jamil Zaki and Oriel FeldmanHall join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Essential trust: Trust in the animal kingdom

Rebroadcast: Jane Goodall formed incredible bonds with chimpanzees in the wild. But were those bonds similar to what we humans experience as trust?

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