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Have female presidents in Latin America improved women’s lives?

Mexico just elected its first female president. Many hope Claudia Scheinbaum will improve the lives of millions of Mexican women.... more

21 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Joe Bader Biden?

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty recalls past presidents who have not been transparent about their health, which leads to... more

21 Jun 2024 · 35 minutes
What needs to change about U.S. asylum laws?

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas recently said that some migrants “do try to game” the U.S. asylum system. What's the... more

20 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: Half a century of Black TV

From Roots to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Abbott Elementary, Bethonie Butler’s new book "Black TV" shows how TV... more

19 Jun 2024 · 46 minutes
Democracy, resilience and India’s elections

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi predicted his BJP party would win a commanding victory in recent elections. But India's 969... more

18 Jun 2024 · 46 minutes
How the far-right gained traction in this year's EU elections

In this year’s European Union elections, far-right parties made gains across many of the EU’s 27 countries, including in France,... more

17 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
George Stephanopoulos takes us inside the White House Situation Room

George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week,” and co-host of “Good Morning America," speaks with Meghna Chakrabarti live at WBUR's... more

15 Jun 2024 · 28 minutes
Rebroadcast: Why the past 75 years of human history have been 'an anomaly'

With two wars raging and dynastic power on the rise around the world, the post-1945 world order feels like it’s... more

14 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: A prince of our disorder

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty has been reading "The Age of Grievance" by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni.... more

13 Jun 2024 · 37 minutes
How Black Chicago has shaped American pop culture

From "Soul Train" and the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to the blues and Afro Sheen, for decades, Black Chicagoans have shaped... more

13 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
What science tells us about why we dream

Humans have long been fascinated by of dreams, but what has science learned about them? Neuroscientist Dr. Rahul Jandial says... more

12 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
Why the U.S. needs a reckoning on lockdowns before the next pandemic

The COVID pandemic lockdowns. It was an approach endorsed by many public health experts. But could there have been a... more

11 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
What happened to Etsy?

Etsy used to be the place to shop for quirky, handmade items from independent crafters all over the world. Now,... more

10 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
The rise of laser warfare

In April, the U.S. military deployed a pair of high energy lasers to combat enemy drones. Now that the once-imagined... more

07 Jun 2024 · 46 minutes
The Jackpod: NBC poll -- Biden leads Trump 70 to 21

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty looks into a correlation between news awareness and political leanings, and how that has... more

07 Jun 2024 · 40 minutes
Inside China's citizen spy network

In China, Big Brother is most definitely watching. Estimates show up to 16 million Chinese citizens -- from university students... more

06 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
'We are underreacting to how serious this moment is'

Many Republicans in Congress are dodging the question of whether they’ll accept this year’s election results. What’s at stake in... more

05 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
How women became America's safety net

Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women. In the new book "Holding it Together: How Women Became... more

04 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
The power of solitude

Being alone often gets a bad rap. But research shows alone time can actually boost overall well-being, increasing our emotional... more

03 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
How Democrats can win back the working class

Democrats are losing working-class voters at an alarming rate, despite the popularity of President Biden’s policies. A roundtable of working-class... more

31 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Stop it now, Joe

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty lays out the ways that President Biden’s Gaza policy has been, what New York... more

31 May 2024 · 38 minutes
Big changes and big problems at the U.S. Postal Service

Missing packages. Undelivered letters. If you've been having problems with your mail lately, you're not alone. The USPS is rolling... more

30 May 2024 · 47 minutes
A post-mortem on Oregon’s drug decriminalization efforts

Oregon made history in 2020 when it became the first state in the nation to decriminalize small amounts of hard... more

29 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Why the ancient philosophy of stoicism is having a modern revival

The Greco-Roman philosophy of stoicism is having a moment. Through wisdom, temperance, courage and justice you can create a virtuous,... more

28 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: U.S. military barracks are in shambles. Will the government take action?

A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office reveals poor living conditions inside military barracks – from mold and... more

27 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Puerto Rico's big political shakeup

Puerto Rico is in the middle of a major gubernatorial race. As a new political party appeals to younger voters... more

24 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Question time

With the first presidential debate less than six weeks away, On Point news analyst Jack Beatty explores some approaches to... more

24 May 2024 · 36 minutes
The splintering of the United Methodist Church

Once the second largest protestant denomination in America, the United Methodist Church lost about a quarter of its members over... more

23 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Glenn Loury's 'confessions of a Black conservative'

Glenn Loury is a renowned Black economist and conservative social critic. In his new memoir, he details his struggles, from... more

22 May 2024 · 47 minutes
How AI is polluting our culture

Our online feeds are already full of artificially-generated sludge. It’s tainting our discourse, our culture and the quality of information.... more

21 May 2024 · 47 minutes
How artificial intelligence can help American workers

Labor economist David Autor’s research shows how historically, technological advances hurt the incomes of middle- and working-class Americans. But when... more

20 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Breaking down the beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar

Two of rap’s biggest stars are feuding. Drake and Kendrick Lamar have been lobbing diss tracks back and forth for... more

17 May 2024 · 46 minutes
The Jackpod: The invisible new deal

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty looks into why President Biden’s initiatives to boost the economy, with legislation such as... more

17 May 2024 · 29 minutes
Abortion, border control, a test of Trumpism: Inside the Arizona Senate race

A lot is at stake in Arizona’s senate race. It could determine control of the Senate -- and the outcome... more

16 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Does the U.S. need new nuclear weapons?

The U.S. is building new nuclear weapons, including a massive missile called the Sentinel. They're up to 20 times more... more

15 May 2024 · 47 minutes
What neuroscience tells us about spiritual experiences

Rebroadcast: What happens in the brain when you pray or meditate? Neurotheology explores the connection between our synapses and spiritual... more

14 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Can Caitlin Clark mark a turning point for the WNBA?

The NCAA’s all-time scoring leader Caitlin Clark begins her WNBA career on Tuesday. Caitlin Clark helped elevate the game of... more

13 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The unregulated boom in the 'buy now, pay later' market

'Buy now, pay later' loans for just about everything are growing. But there’s barely any data or regulation on this... more

10 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The one apple tasted

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on the rise of illiberalism in the U.S. today and its historic entwinement with... more

10 May 2024 · 31 minutes
Palestinian civilians on their daily fight for survival

Some Palestinians have been able to flee Gaza. But millions are still there as the Israeli military moves on Rafah,... more

09 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The full interview with Dr. Hilary Cass

Podcast extra: British pediatrician Dr. Hilary Cass led a highly anticipated independent scientific review of gender health services for children... more

08 May 2024 · 57 minutes
'Cass Review' author: More 'caution' advised for gender-affirming care for youth

A groundbreaking review out of the UK finds “poor” or “low quality” evidence for using puberty blockers and hormones to... more

08 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Rethinking how dyslexia is diagnosed

Dyslexia affects one in every 5 Americans. But only 2 million are diagnosed and receive the help they need. Why?

07 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The story behind 2022's secret Ukraine-Russia peace negotiations

The Russia-Ukraine war has lasted over two years. But just weeks after Russia's 2022 invasion, both sides came close to... more

06 May 2024 · 46 minutes
'A most tolerant little town': The forgotten story of desegregation in Clinton, Tennessee

Rebroadcast: In 1956, a federal judge ordered the town of Clinton, Tennessee to desegregate its high school. The unrest that... more

03 May 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The red hat

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on the power of the MAGA red hat to forge an identity and spread... more

03 May 2024 · 28 minutes
Is the U.S. a democracy?

For decades some conservative scholars and politicians have asserted the United States is a constitutional republic, not a democracy. So... more

03 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Author Amy Tan's 'backyard bird chronicles'

Celebrated author Amy Tan doesn’t just write best-selling novels. She’s a passionate birder, too. Her new book on birding describes... more

01 May 2024 · 47 minutes
Roundtable: What do ordinary Israelis want from their leaders?

More than six months since the Hamas attack on Israel, dozens of Israelis are still held hostage, over 30,000 Palestinians... more

30 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Underground addiction care in Mexico -- and its spread to the U.S.

Across Mexico, thousands of illegal rehab centers treat patients with drug addiction, often holding them against their will. Now, these... more

29 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Should the U.S. ban menthol cigarettes?

More than 80% of Black smokers smoke menthol cigarettes. The FDA is now pushing to ban the products, saying it... more

26 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
The Jackpod: The company they keep

On Point new analyst Jack Beatty argues that Democrats are losing touch with working class voters. What could they do... more

26 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
How Dallas tackled violent crime

The city of Dallas reduced its overall violent crime by 30% compared to this time last year. Its mayor and... more

25 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Justice Breyer's ear notch test for our constitution

Textualism, which sees a legal system's original structure as immortal, is the dominating philosophy on the court today. But retired... more

24 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
India’s high-stakes election

Elections in the world’s largest democracy are underway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s power is ascendant. But, like in other global democracies,... more

23 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
How to move from languishing to flourishing

Languishing. That feeling of a lack of motivation or direction. Most people feel a sense of languishing at some point... more

22 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
A roadmap to better health for women

Physician Dr. Sharon Malone is on a mission to help women better manage their health in the American health care... more

19 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
The Jackpod: The haunting relevance of D-Day

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty recalls a 1984 speech by President Reagan outlining the importance of allies and collective... more

19 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Your data, the U.S. government and the 'new American surveillance state'

Your exact location, what apps you use, the last thing you bought online. Your data is for sale – and... more

18 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
The ethical dilemma of involuntary mental health treatment

Several states have changed policy in recent years to make involuntary commitment easier for people with severe mental illnesses. But... more

17 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Battleground: How the outcome of the Ohio Senate race affects us all

The 2024 Ohio senate contest could determine the balance of power in of the U.S. senate. What’s at stake in... more

16 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
How the 2024 U.S. presidential election could be stolen

There are several perfectly legal ways to steal a U.S. presidential election, according to election law expert Lawrence Lessig. Lessig... more

15 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: How it looks to a Republican

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty reviews the evidence that former President Donald Trump’s multiple criminal prosecutions are politically motivated.

12 Apr 2024 · 33 minutes
The high cost of the youth sports arms race

Youth sports are supposed to be about fun and team spirit. But now, kids are training year-round and joining expensive... more

12 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: The little-known virus behind a majority of nongenetic birth defects

One virus causes more birth defects in American babies than any other nongenetic disease – but most don’t know it... more

11 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Democrats consider changing course on Israel support

President Biden told Israel the humanitarian situation in Gaza is unacceptable and an immediate ceasefire is essential. Meanwhile, U.S. weaponry... more

10 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
China’s divided memory of the Cultural Revolution

"3 Body Problem," a Netflix adaptation of the Chinese sci-fi novel by the same name, is causing controversy in China... more

09 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
How to become a 'supercommunicator'

As humans, we have conversations all the time. But research shows we actually aren’t very good at communicating. Journalist Charles... more

08 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Whistleblowers, an executive shakeup, and the future of Boeing

Last month Boeing whistleblower John Barnett was found dead - an apparent suicide. He’d spent the last 7 years speaking... more

05 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: How to steal an election

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty tells Meghna what he expects to see outside and inside polling stations in November... more

05 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
What defines Latino identity in the U.S.?

64 million Latinos live in the U.S. It’s a population bigger than any Spanish-speaking country in the world except Mexico.... more

04 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
'Pig-butchering': The online scam that's raked in $75 billion and counting

The pig-butchering scam. It's a criminal industry that targets the vulnerable, engages in human trafficking, and exploits weaknesses in digital... more

03 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
Sports betting is booming, but at what cost?

Sportsbooks are everywhere. Sports betting has changed how fans engage with games and generated $5 billion in taxes. But the... more

02 Apr 2024 · 46 minutes
Could holding parents criminally responsible curb the country’s gun violence epidemic?

Jennifer and James Crumbley were found guilty of manslaughter for a mass school shooting carried out by their son. Could... more

01 Apr 2024 · 47 minutes
From the archive and in the news: How to cut through the 'noise' that hinders human judgment

Nobel prize-winning economist and psychologist Daniel Kahneman has died at the age of 90. In June 2021, we spoke with Kahneman,... more

30 Mar 2024 · 48 minutes
The Jackpod: Missing misery

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty looks at what’s counted in official U.S. inflation numbers and finds that the cost... more

29 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
Has the United States lost its 'can-do' attitude?

Author Philip K. Howard says Americans are in a crisis of human disempowerment. But he says re-empowerment is possible, and... more

29 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
This attorney's ideas could change how you buy and sell your home

The National Association of Realtors agreed to pay a $418 million settlement and change the way members charge commission. A... more

28 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
'Battle for your brain': What the rise of brain-computer interface technology means for you

Rebroadcast: The future is closer than it appears. Sensors that can read your brain waves – and sell your data... more

27 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
Reproductive health under a second Trump term

Trump's allies are hoping another Trump victory will limit access to abortions, contraceptives, IVF, even recreational sex. But they aren't... more

26 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Inside the 'no social media' movement

Should kids be allowed on social media? A growing number of families are saying "no" to social media at all.... more

25 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: What leopard?

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty watches a Donald Trump campaign rally with a famous Franz Kafka quote about the... more

23 Mar 2024 · 34 minutes
The Jackpod is delayed

Due to technical difficulties, the Jackpod will be posted later than usual. Check back later for this week's episode.

22 Mar 2024 · 1 minute
Should the U.S. ban TikTok?

The House passed a bill that could force the sale of TikTok, or ban the app altogether. But is targeting... more

22 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
How disinformation 'sabotages America'

Former U.S. attorney Barbara McQuade says disinformation is seeping into every aspect of our political and social lives. How can... more

21 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Finance companies have a new customer: The wrongfully convicted

Exonerees are turning to the private sector to provide them with urgently needed cash. But with interest rates so high,... more

20 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
Could ranked-choice voting take the poison out of politics?

Alaska and Maine use ranked choice voting in elections. Four other states could soon join them. We learn why more... more

19 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
The hidden value of herbariums

Duke University recently announced plans to close and re-home its century-old herbarium. But with climate change and a looming biodiversity... more

18 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
On Point presents 'Beyond All Repair,' a new podcast from WBUR

Listen: The first chapter of Endless Thread’s podcast Beyond All Repair. Host Amory Sivertson first met Shane Correia in 2017 while... more

16 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
The Jackpod: The Xanadu Effect

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on how presidents lose touch with reality.

15 Mar 2024 · 33 minutes
The goal: Can the U.S. actually meet its ambitious climate targets?

Given the environmental, political, and human costs of accelerating mineral mining, can the United States reach its clean energy goals?... more

15 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The promise of nickel: Power and prosperity in Indonesia

To electrify our economy, the world needs more nickel. And Indonesia has it. Can nickel pave the road to prosperity?... more

14 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The human cost of cobalt: Modern slavery in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Most of the world’s cobalt is extracted in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But to get it, hundreds of thousands... more

13 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
The copper tradeoff: Protecting today's lands versus preserving tomorrow's climate

Copper is key to our green energy future, but copper extraction is deeply harmful to the environment now. Episode two... more

12 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The lithium boom: What's holding back a lithium rush in the U.S.?

The U.S. sits on some of the largest lithium reserves in the world. It’s a key element for clean energy.... more

11 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Still

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on President Biden’s State of the Union address and the politics of memory, versus... more

09 Mar 2024 · 39 minutes
'Blood Money': Inside the global business of selling plasma

Rebroadcast: Millions of Americans sell their blood plasma every year. It’s part of a global, multibillion dollar business. But what is... more

08 Mar 2024 · 45 minutes
Lessons from Poland’s democratic resurgence

For almost a decade, Poland's democracy was in retreat. But last fall, Poland successfully elected a pro-democracy government coalition. What... more

07 Mar 2024 · 46 minutes
How the anti-tax movement went from fringe to mainstream

The GOP prides itself on being the anti-tax party. But it wasn't always that way. In Michael Graetz’s book "The... more

06 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The dark legacy of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines

While in power, former Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte ordered the murder of thousands of people without trial. Journalist Patricia Evangelista... more

05 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Foreign diplomats on America's global future

Foreign diplomats are nervous that the United States’ once solid global leadership is on shaky ground. What’s at stake if... more

04 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
'Food, we need to talk': Finding a better way to discuss our bodies and what we eat

Rebroadcast: The newest food diets. The magic weight loss pill. Changing beauty standards. We hear constant messaging around how we... more

01 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Low information voters

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on the potential influence of low information voters on this year’s presidential election, and... more

01 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
U.S. military barracks are in shambles. Will the government take action?

A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office reveals poor living conditions inside military barracks – from mold and... more

29 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Your brain on menopause

Hot flashes. Brain fog. Sleep problems. Millions of women go through menopause each year. But what’s happening in the brain... more

28 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Can 'colorblindness' lead to equality in America?

In his new book "The End of Race Politics," Coleman Hughes argues that closing racial divides in America means building... more

27 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Trump’s 2025 authoritarian playbook and what it means for democracy

Donald Trump has openly admired authoritarians around the world. Now he’s pledging to rule like one. An examination of the... more

26 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Finding creative solutions to America’s care crisis

Many of us struggle to get help taking care of our kids or aging loved ones. How might we rethink... more

23 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
The Jackpod: Goodbye to all that

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty compares and contrasts what a second term for Donald Trump or Joe Biden would... more

23 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Understanding the aging brain

If Joe Biden and Donald Trump are on the ballot in November, they’ll be the oldest presidential candidates in U.S.... more

22 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Is it time to abandon the ‘tough love’ approach to addiction?

The number of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. is at a record high. Now, more people with addictions are... more

21 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
A Ukraine-born journalist on his country's 'battle for survival'

This week marks the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. For Wall Street Journal correspondent Yaroslav Trofimov, that... more

20 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
Rebroadcast: Can focusing on class instead of race solve our country’s equity issues?

Liberal academic Richard Kahlenberg thinks the only way to truly solve America’s deep inequities is to look at class, not... more

19 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Fear, conspiracy, gender: The long legacy of witch trials

Secret spells. Magic potions. The world of witchcraft has a powerful cultural hold and a dark history. What do centuries... more

16 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Saving Rafah

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty looks back to 1982 and the presidency of Ronald Reagan as he considers how... more

16 Feb 2024 · 31 minutes
A Boeing whistleblower speaks out

Ed Pierson is an aviation manager who used to work on Boeing's 737 Max production line. When a door panel... more

15 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: How fast fashion and social media fuel a high consumption, low quality world

Fast fashion retailers like Shein sell t-shirts for less than $5 apiece. This business model, along with social media, fuels... more

14 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The fight for transparent health care prices in America

Although hospitals are required by law to post their prices online, many do not. Congress and now even employers and... more

13 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
How the death of third-party cookies could grow Google's advertising empire

Google Chrome plans to phase out cookies that track your online activity in the name of protecting privacy. But big... more

12 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The bystander

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty discusses Republican pollster Whit Ayres' observation that Joe Biden is “a bystander watching events... more

09 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
What we lose if snow disappears

Snowpack is getting less reliable in American winters. And in many places, that's not just an environmental problem, but an... more

09 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
China's big push for a baby boom

The Chinese government is urging women to have more babies -- after decades of a one-child policy. But officials face major... more

08 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Can a regional war be avoided with Iran?

Over the weekend, the U.S. launched retaliatory strikes against Iranian proxies further raising tensions in the Middle East. How will... more

07 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The legacy of 'Ingenuity,' NASA's helicopter on Mars

Last month, the Ingenuity ended its mission as the first aircraft to make an extraterrestrial flight. After nearly three years... more

06 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
Should Trump be constitutionally barred from the presidency?

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing an appeal of a Colorado court ruling this week that could keep former President... more

05 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
How communities worldwide are working to solve the water crisis

From desalination plants in Australia, wastewater recycling plants in Orange County, CA to net zero water buildings in NYC, in... more

02 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The meddler’s trap

From the annexation of the Philippines in 1898, to looming confrontation with Iran today, On Point news analyst Jack Beatty... more

02 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
How to fix chronic absenteeism in America's schools

About a third of students are on track to miss at least 10% of school days this year. Why are... more

01 Feb 2024 · 47 minutes
The standoff at the U.S.-Mexico border

The federal government has jurisdiction over immigration matters. In Eagle Pass, the state of Texas has taken over. But what... more

31 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
What experiences are young people missing in remote work?

Many of us learned how to do our jobs and connect with colleagues at our first workplace. But after the... more

30 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Florida looks to Canada for cheaper prescription drugs

Earlier this month, Florida became the first state to get FDA approval to import cheaper drugs from Canada. But will... more

29 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Controversy and contradiction: The death penalty in America

Alabama has carried out the first execution by asphyxiation with nitrogen gas. Kenneth Eugene Smith was executed after a previous... more

27 Jan 2024 · 49 minutes
Why are Americans getting shorter?

Average height in the U.S. has been in decline since about 1980. What’s causing that, and why does it matter?

26 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Not the odds, but the stakes

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty has been reading "The Authoritarian Handbook: 2025," a new report by the bipartisan group... more

26 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Inside Israel's divided war cabinet

Family members of hostages held by Hamas are furious. They’ve stormed the Israeli parliament, calling for a deal to get... more

25 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
'The great dechurching': Why so many Americans are leaving their churches

About 40 million Americans have stopped attending a place of worship in the past 25 years. What’s driving it, and... more

24 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
The Great Salt Lake is drying up. Can it be saved?

Utah’s Great Salt Lake is the largest salt lake in the Western Hemisphere. Since the 1980s, the lake has shrunk... more

23 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
What Republican party elites don’t understand about Trump voters

Polls show Donald Trump dominating the race for the Republican presidential nomination. How does he do it -- and can... more

22 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: A little touch of Harry in the night

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty discusses the moral character of President Harry Truman, and whether character matters today for... more

20 Jan 2024 · 28 minutes
The Jackpod: Buried in snow

Technical gremlins thwarted our plans for The Jackpod today, but we have a plan. Fingers crossed.

19 Jan 2024 · 1 minute
Uncertainty: The surprising gift of being unsure

No matter how much order, sense, or predictability we try to bring to our lives, uncertainty and the anxiety it... more

19 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Inside Ecuador's battle against drug gangs

There’s been a major surge in gang violence in Ecuador, fueled by the transnational cocaine trade. Now, Ecuador's government is... more

18 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
AI's influence on election 2024

AI has the power to make audio and videos of people saying anything their creators want. So, how will policymakers... more

17 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Should workers get paid for their commute?

The pandemic changed how we work and how we think about commuting. Workers are now more likely to see the... more

16 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
Half a century of Black TV

From Roots to the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to Abbott Elementary. Bethonie Butler’s new book "Black TV" shows how TV... more

15 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
The 737 Max and Boeing’s unresolved issues

After the door plug of an Alaskan Airlines’ Boeing 737 Max-9 blew out in flight earlier this month, the Federal... more

13 Jan 2024 · 49 minutes
The Jackpod: Democracy and its discontents

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on the Americans who seem poised to reject democracy in 2024.

12 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Zero-proof: Behind the growing popularity of an alcohol-free lifestyle

It’s hard to miss the growing popularity of non-alcoholic drinks and younger people choosing to cut back on alcohol consumption.... more

12 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
The escalating crisis in the West Bank

Clashes in the West Bank are escalating. Since Oct. 7 – hundreds of Palestinians in the West Bank have been... more

11 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Why the past 75 years of human history have been 'an anomaly'

With two wars raging and dynastic power on the rise around the world, the post-1945 world order feels like it’s... more

10 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
The race for the Republican presidential nomination

Presidential primary season is set to begin. On the Republican side, one candidate has dominated the polls so far. Can... more

09 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
A former Capitol police sergeant on the personal and political consequences of Jan. 6

Sgt. Aquilino Gonell left the Dominican Republic at 12 years old in pursuit of the American dream. On Jan. 6,... more

08 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: Why mental health is declining for teenage girls in the U.S.

Teen mental health is declining, particularly among girls. The pressure of social media is often cited as a leading cause.... more

05 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
How an effort to cut credit card fees could impact your credit card points

Congress is looking to cut fees that credit card companies charge merchants for processing payments. But if that happens, credit... more

04 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
The Money Ladies' New Year's guide to the 2024 economy

Inflation is slowing, unemployment’s low and the Federal Reserve thinks we’ve probably avoided a recession. Finance journalists Michelle Singletary and... more

03 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Lessons from the world's longest happiness study

Harvard researchers have been studying how we can live happier and healthier lives since 1938. They’ve tracked people across their... more

02 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
Woniya Thibeault survived extreme cold and isolation to become a winner

A conversation with Woniya Thibeault, winner of the wilderness survival show "Alone." She wants to show people how to deepen... more

01 Jan 2024 · 46 minutes
Rebroadcast: Cartoonist Barbara Brandon-Croft on being the first Black woman with a nationally syndicated comic

Barbara Brandon-Croft is the first Black, female nationally syndicated cartoonist. “Where I’m Coming From,” featured nine Black women who talk... more

29 Dec 2023 · 46 minutes
Rebroadcast: Why Americans are spending less time with friends -- and what to do about it

Americans are spending more time alone and less time with friends. The dramatic drop in how much time you spend... more

28 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: Author Achut Deng's journey of survival from Sudan to America

Before she was a teenager, Achut Deng escaped civil war in South Sudan and life in a Kenyan refugee camp.... more

27 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: The power of American English to unite a fractured nation

American English has many forms. It's evolved over 400 years to match this country's dynamic history. Humanities professor Ilan Stavans... more

26 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: What do American Christians believe about their religion?

A survey has found that American Christians’ beliefs are as diverse as the country they live in. A conversation about... more

25 Dec 2023 · 46 minutes
How the 14th Amendment could block Donald Trump from becoming president

The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled former President Donald Trump is not eligible to be on the state’s primary ballot.... more

23 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
The art of Italian home cooking with Lidia Bastianich

When PBS first asked Italian chef Lidia Bastianich to cook for a television audience, she had one condition: She wanted... more

22 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: In the host's seat

In the last Jackpod of 2023, On Point news analyst Jack Beatty answers listener questions ranging from political messaging to... more

22 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
The unexpected friendship between an Arab and Israeli writer

An Arab and Israeli writer have developed an unlikely friendship, writing long letters back and forth for years about how... more

21 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
The largely unknown man behind the U.S. judiciary’s shift to the right

Leonard Leo has been described as a puppet master – pulling strings between rich and powerful conservatives to turn the... more

20 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
How Big Oil helped push the idea of a 'carbon footprint'

Your carbon footprint helps you identify actions you can take to personally fight climate change. It also shifts responsibility away... more

19 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Is shoplifting getting worse in the U.S.?

You've seen baby formula and razor blades locked behind plastic cases. Retailers say it's partly because of a rise in... more

18 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
The Taylor Swift and Beyonce economy

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé have generated some $10 billion for the U.S. this year. What does the staggering rise of... more

15 Dec 2023 · 45 minutes
The Jackpod: They want revenge

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on the appeal of Donald Trump’s promise of revenge and retribution to many Republican... more

15 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
Pharmacy benefit managers: The middlemen who decide what you pay for medications

There are middlemen between you and pharmaceutical companies that make huge profits from drug prices. They’re called pharmacy benefit managers,... more

14 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Is there a path to ceasefire in Gaza?

With a worsening humanitarian crisis in Gaza, global calls for an Israel-Hamas ceasefire are growing. Israel says it will not... more

13 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
What happened to Sports Illustrated?

Sports Illustrated recently pulled authors and articles from its website after reporting found that they were generated by AI. How... more

12 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Chile's lessons and failures in writing a new constitution

In 2020, Chileans overwhelmingly supported writing a new constitution. Two years later, Chileans overwhelmingly rejected it. This month, they will... more

11 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Inside the 'rewilding' movement

In places where human beings have done everything they can to pave and plow over nature, what might happen if... more

08 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The disappearance of political persuasion

A social media post from Donald Trump has On Point news analyst Jack Beatty inquiring about the demise of political... more

08 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
The Biden approach to Israel

Some voters want President Biden to condemn Israel's bombing of Gaza. Biden believes his public embrace helps him influence Israel... more

07 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
How to talk to kids about climate change

Parents have delicate conversations with their kids on intimacy, violence, even the meaning of life. Now, kids want to talk... more

06 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
How politics corroded the American evangelical movement

Tim Alberta is one of America's top political reporters. He's also the son of an evangelical preacher. In his new... more

05 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
The looming pharmacy crisis in America

Pharmacists at major chain stores like CVS and Walgreens are at a breaking point. Many workers have staged walkouts, saying... more

04 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
Power, profits and labor practices in the video game industry

Video games. A massive global industry expected to generate nearly $190 billion in revenue this year, according to industry estimates.... more

01 Dec 2023 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The uncertainty of existence

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on evidence the U.S. is failing at the fundamental mission of keeping its people... more

01 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
Can offshore wind help power the U.S. economy?

The U.S. has struggled to build wind farms at sea. What's causing the setbacks?

30 Nov 2023 · 46 minutes
How foreign authoritarian rule reaches into the U.S.

The U.S. government says it foiled a plot by the Indian government to assassinate one of its citizens who was... more

29 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The legacy of the 1993 Oslo Accords

The 1993 Oslo Accords were a milestone in the Arab-Israeli peace process. But after 30 years of talks, there's no... more

28 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The benefit of 'the two-parent privilege'

Almost a quarter of U.S. children under 18 live with a single parent and no other adults. That’s the highest... more

27 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: Why more Americans are choosing to live in multigenerational housing

One in five Americans now live under the same roof as their parents, grandparents or adult children. It's a remarkable... more

24 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Rebroadcast: Pitmaster Ryan Mitchell on America’s complicated history with barbeque

The whole hog barbeque is the original style of American barbeque. It’s a tradition deeply rooted in indigenous and Black... more

23 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith's 'plea for the American soul'

The former U.S. poet laureate Tracy K. Smith has a new memoir. In it, she discovers a surprise in her... more

22 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
How to teach media literacy to children

School systems around the country are grappling with ways to teach students media literacy. California has just passed a law... more

21 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
An On Point follow-up: The political fallout over the migrant crisis in Chicago

More than 21,000 migrants have arrived in Chicago since last summer setting off a political fight for resources. On Point... more

21 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
First person: He was held hostage for 444 days

Barry Rosen says he can understand in some way what the hostages in Gaza are going through. Rosen was press... more

20 Nov 2023 · 10 minutes
The plight of the hostages in Gaza

It's been more than 40 days since Hamas kidnapped some 240 people in Israel. Only four have been released. What's... more

20 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Debunking myths about the Asian American academic experience

No stereotype can tell the story of more than 20 million people. We look at the true diversity of the... more

17 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: The 'F-word'

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty on the rise in Donald Trump’s use of rhetoric and imagery associated with 1930’s... more

17 Nov 2023 · 31 minutes
Why this U.S. government arms dealer resigned over weapon transfers to Israel

Former State Department official Josh Paul was in charge of U.S. arms transfers to other nations for years. But when... more

16 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
How to fix America's aviation system

It’s been almost 15 years since the last deadly plane crash on a U.S. airline. But near misses in U.S.... more

15 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
UFOs and the U.S. government: The push towards greater transparency

Unexplained aerial phenomena. Is the government covering up what it knows? We dive into 75 years of UFO history and... more

14 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Israel, Hamas and the laws of war: A primer

The UN is investigating whether war crimes have been committed by Israel and by Hamas. But what exactly qualifies as... more

13 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Millions of Americans can't save for retirement. These economists have a plan to change that

Congress is currently considering the “Retirement Savings for Americans Act,” an ambitious bill that seeks to create a national retirement... more

11 Nov 2023 · 48 minutes
What clues do this week’s elections hold for 2024?

In Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and other states, voters made some big statements about what they want in state and local... more

10 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The Jackpod: Last exit or 'Live free or die'

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty tells us about the history of New Hampshire primary voters ending the candidacies of... more

10 Nov 2023 · 32 minutes
Gaza's widening humanitarian crisis

Gaza’s health care system has collapsed. Food and water are scarce. More than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed so far... more

09 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
What drove Mitt Romney to stand up to his own party?

In "Romney: A Reckoning," journalist McKay Coppins gets unfettered access to the senator’s journals, emails and dozens of private interviews... more

08 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
How private equity is changing American health care

The FTC is suing a private equity firm, and the anesthesiology companies it owns in Texas for monopolistic practices that... more

07 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The Influence of Christian nationalism in American politics

Republican Congressman Mike Johnson is a hard-right evangelical from Louisiana. Now, he's speaker of the house.

06 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Podcast extra: Should domestic abusers have gun rights?

On Point's Paige Sutherland reports on a Supreme Court case being heard on Nov. 7 that has the potential to... more

04 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
What's behind the sharp rise in U.S. antisemitism

Antisemitism is on the rise in the United States, with threats against Jewish people reaching near-historic levels, according to FBI... more

03 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Unintended consequences: Jack Beatty on the political legacy of the 1965 Immigration Act

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty tells us why he thinks the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, and the subsequent... more

03 Nov 2023 · 45 minutes
How to rid the world of plastic waste

The worldwide production of plastic has doubled in the past 20 years worldwide. Plastic waste in the environment has grown... more

02 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
Lessons for Israel from the U.S. invasion of Iraq

Israel vows to eliminate Hamas. But is there a plan for the aftermath of the Israel-Hamas war? Thomas Warrick, Barak... more

01 Nov 2023 · 47 minutes
The NCAA, antitrust and the future of college sports

The NCAA is asking Congress to keep college athletes as students, not employees. They say it's to protect the students.... more

31 Oct 2023 · 46 minutes
The latest in the lawsuits surrounding Donald Trump

As the Donald Trump trials continue, the list of key witnesses are growing. From his former lawyer Michael Cohen in... more

30 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
The Catholic Church considers its future

Hundreds of Catholics are gathered in Rome this month for a major meeting about the future of the church. For... more

27 Oct 2023 · 46 minutes
A republic of fear: Jack Beatty on America’s broken social contract

After a mass shooting in Maine, On Point news analyst Jack Beatty turns to 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes to... more

27 Oct 2023 · 33 minutes
The border crisis arrives in Chicago

The border crisis is no longer just a border issue. Northern cities like Chicago are scrambling to accommodate busloads of... more

26 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Israel's decisionmakers

The politics and dynamics influencing Israel's top leaders, and how that could shape the course of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

25 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Roundtable: Palestinian Americans share their perspectives on conflict in Gaza

The health ministry in Gaza reports at least 3,700 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes since October 7. How... more

24 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
The risk that the Israel-Hamas conflict becomes a wider war

Tensions are high not only in Israel and Gaza, but across the region, as fear of the conflict spilling over... more

23 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
100 is the new 65: The new world of super-aging

Half of 5-year-olds in America today can expect to live to age 100. So how can we age well and... more

20 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
'Pathologize': Jack Beatty on psychiatric name-calling in the 2024 campaign

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty tells us that accusing presidential candidates of being mentally unfit for office has a... more

20 Oct 2023 · 37 minutes
Roundtable: Jewish Americans share their perspectives on conflict in Gaza

As war continues to devastate Israel and Gaza, 7.5 million American Jews are sharing their own struggles. We hear their... more

19 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
The adventures and complications of a child-free life in Maria Coffey's 'Instead'

More Americans are saying they don’t want to have children. But what does life without children really look like? Maria... more

18 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
How elites captured the social justice movement

After the death of George Floyd, there were mass protests, corporate pledges and swelling public support for Black Lives Matter.... more

17 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Hamas: A history lesson

Hamas is an Islamist militant group, designated by the U.S. and EU as a terrorist organization. It's now delivered the... more

16 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
Differ we must: Steve Inskeep on Lincoln's success in a divided America

In this podcast extra episode recorded before a live audience at WBUR’s CitySpace, Meghna speaks with NPR Morning Edition host... more

14 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Nobel prize winner Claudia Goldin on women, the work force and the pandemic

Earlier this week, Harvard professor Claudia Goldin won the Nobel Prize in economics, only the third woman in history to... more

13 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Kakistocracy: Jack Beatty on government by the worst

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty tells us how a second Trump administration could drastically weaken federal agencies and increase... more

13 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
What Israelis are thinking and feeling since the Hamas attack

The U.S. is warning Hezbollah, and the United Arab Emirates are warning Syria, not to enter Israel-Hamas conflict. Could the... more

12 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
California has new ideas about how to teach math, but critics argue it won't work

California public schools have a new way of teaching math, to achieve more equitable outcomes. Critics say the math guidelines... more

11 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Guyana’s oil boom: The world’s newest petrostate plans to combat climate change with oil revenues

An oil boom has arrived in the South American nation of Guyana. Is it a contradiction that a country threatened... more

10 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
A new approach to science rooted in Indigenous tradition

The National Science Foundation has funded its first ever research hub focused on Indigenous knowledge. This $30 million investment will... more

09 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Unraveling the secrets of the human Y chromosome

For the first time ever, scientists have fully decoded the Y chromosome. Long thought to be the stubby counterpart to... more

06 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
'I voted my district': Jack Beatty on who the McCarthy ousters represent

On Point news analyst Jack Beatty tells us what stands to him out about the districts of the eight representatives... more

06 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Is Donald Trump normalizing political violence in America?

When Donald Trump suggested that General Mark Milley should be executed, it was the latest in a long line of... more

05 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
U.S. v. Google: Will Washington’s antitrust push change the web?

The Justice Department is suing Google for allegedly using its power to stifle other search engines. It’s the first major... more

04 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Disability rights enforcement could be weakened in latest SCOTUS case

The Supreme Court is hearing a case this week that could hamper federal enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act.... more

03 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
What the rise of ultra-processed foods means for our health and society

Ultra-processed foods now make up the majority of calories in the typical American diet. Studies show the health effects are... more

02 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
Defining American antitrust law, from Bork to Khan

The Federal Trade commission sued Amazon this past week, accusing it of monopolistic practices. This episode from our archive explores... more

01 Oct 2023 · 47 minutes
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The National Science Foundation has funded its first ever research hub focused on Indigenous knowledge. This $30 million investment will fund projects... more