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

What To Know About Kids And COVID Vaccines

The FDA issues an emergency authorization for kids and the COVID vaccine. Does the rush to vaccinate children come with a different set of risks and benefits than with adults? Dr. Monica Gandhi, Dr. H. Cody Meissner and Dr. Nicola Klein join Meghna Chakrabarti.

In Author Ian Manuel's 'My Time Will Come,' Reflections On Life In Solitary Confinement

Ian Manuel was placed in solitary confinement for a crime he committed just after the seventh grade. For 18 years, he lived in a 7-by-10-foot room. For 18 years, he did not have a window. Now, he's telling his story about his life and experience in solitary confinement. Ian Manuel and Tammie Gregg join Meghna Chakrabarti.

In Author Ian Manuel's 'My Time Will Come,' Reflections On Life In Solitary Confinement

First Person: The Sounds, Tastes And Biology Of Cicadas

It's been 17 years since we last heard the sound of the cicada. Any day now, trillions of them will emerge out of the ground in parts of the eastern and Midwestern United States. It's a wonder of nature that we get to witness once every 17 years. Now, cicadas and Brood X have been an inspiration to researchers well beyond the world of entomology. Today, we've got three stories on the remarkable things humankind has learned from these insects.

They Sing, Mate, Then Die: The Wonders Of The Cicada

After 17 years underground, periodical cicadas are emerging in 15 states. They sing. Mate. Then die. We hear the wonders of the period cicada. Jessica Ware joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

How To Return To Normalcy Without Herd Immunity

In the past, Dr. Anthony Fauci has said he'd like to see more than 75% of Americans get the vaccine. Now, Fauci and others public health experts like former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb are saying the U.S. might never reach that number. If that's the case, how should policymakers guide the return to normal? Rick Kriseman, Dr. Ali Khan and Joseph Allen join Meghna Chakrabarti.

How Reforming Qualified Immunity Could Transform Policing In America

For more than half a century, so-called qualified immunity has shielded police officers from lawsuits. Now, Congress and some state houses are considering changing that. We discuss how reforming qualified immunity could transform policing in America. Joanna Schwartz and Rep. Leslie Herod join Meghna Chakrabarti.

The Future Of Work? Where You Want It To Be

It's long been presumed that people will move to places where there are jobs. But is that changing? In a post-pandemic world, will we see a shift to jobs moving to where people are? Rana Foroohar joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Pod Extra: Dr. Anthony Fauci On The 'Mystical Terminology Of Herd Immunity'

The United States is at a new inflection point in the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health experts are beginning to say that the country may not reach so-called "vaccine-mediated herd immunity." In this special podcast exclusive, Dr. Anthony Fauci joins Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss herd immunity, potential measures to help guide public health decisions and more.

Pod Extra: Dr. Anthony Fauci On The 'Mystical Terminology Of Herd Immunity'

How The Extreme Wealth Gap Harms Us All

There's the age-old truism: Money can't buy happiness. Yet we often believe that inordinate wealth would in fact be freeing. Mother Jones' senior editor Michael Mechanic set out to understand the ultra-rich. And he says their wealth is harming them, too. We discuss the extreme wealth gap and how inordinate wealth harms us all. Michael Mechanic, Tracy Gary and Jack Beatty join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Rural Internet Access: How To Get Broadband Across America

The internet is essential for modern life. Yet millions of Americans who live rural areas don't have access to it. Does the Biden administration's infrastructure plan have what will it take to get broadband to the hardest to reach places? Cathy Trimble, Dr. Nicol Turner Lee and Keith Gabbard join Meghna Chakrabarti.

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