On Point on WFAE

Mon. - Thur. at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 6:00 a.m.
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

Hear provocative voices and passionate discussion as host Tom Ashbrook confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.
 

The Latest Millennial Trend: Farming

Jan 31, 2018

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

The next generation of farmers coming from cities. We’ll look at why millennial professionals are ditching suits for pitchforks.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Caitlin Dewey, food and agriculture reporter for the Washington Post. (@caitlindewey)

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

Family time versus screen time. Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s digital reporter and mother of two, says they really can co-exist. Can they?

Highlight from this show: One caller’s brilliant suggestion for limiting screen time: Only one charge per week

With guest host Anthony Brooks.

President Trump unveils a new immigration framework, including a path to citizenship for DACA recipients. We’ll unpack it, and consider its prospects in Congress.

This show airs Monday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Alan Gomez, immigration reporter, USA Today. (@alangomez)

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Dunkirk, the sweeping World War II epic nabs eight Academy Award nominations. We’ll look at the film and the real life, heroic mission.

This show airs Friday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Cara Buckley, writer for the New York Times. (@caraNYT)

John Broich, associate professor of history at Case Western Reserve University. (@johnbroich)

With guest host Jane Clayson. 

The story of USA Gymnastics, Michigan State, serial sexual abuser Dr. Larry Nassar and the female athletes who spoke out to bring him to justice — life in prison.

This show airs Thursday at 10 a.m. EST. 

Guests:

Kate Wells, reporter with Michigan Radio. (@KateLouiseWells)

Katie Strang, managing editor at The Athletic Detroit. (@KatieJStrang)

The Loneliness Epidemic

Jan 24, 2018

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Loneliness is now an epidemic , and as bad for us as smoking. We’re looking at the high costs of emotional isolation.

Guests:

Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. (@jholtlunstad)

Is It Time To Radically Rethink Retirement?

Jan 23, 2018

With guest host Jane Clayson.

We’re talking to Teresa Ghilarducci, an economics professor, about her bold plan to rescue retirement for people who haven’t saved enough.

Ted Benna, called the “father of the 401(k),” will also join us.

This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

With guest host Jane Clayson.

Psychologist Enrico Gnaulati is on a mission: to save talk therapy. His new book explores the ways, as the subtitle says, “health insurers, big Pharma, and slanted science are ruining good mental health care.”

This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST.

Congress Scrambles To Avoid Shutdown

Jan 18, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

The shutdown showdown — as a DACA deal fades, Republicans are scrambling for a strategy to keep the government open even if it’s for only one month.

This show airs Thursday at 10 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Washington correspondent for the New York Times. (@SherylNYT)

'The Appalachian Ballad Tradition'

Jan 17, 2018

With guest host John Harwood.

A Grammy-nominated album celebrates Appalachia’s rich legacy of story songs. We’ll listen to how the ballad resonates today.

This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Guests:

Ted Olson, music historian and professor of Appalachian Studies at East Tennessee State University, producer of the album “Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition.”

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