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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 everyday people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.
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On Point news analyst Jack Beatty has been reading "The Age of Grievance" by New York Times columnist Frank Bruni. He outlines the ubiquity of grievance in the U.S., and how Donald Trump has captured this to his advantage.
From "Soul Train" and the "Oprah Winfrey Show" to the blues and Afro Sheen, for decades, Black Chicagoans have shaped culture in the U.S. and across the world.
Humans have long been fascinated by of dreams, but what has science learned about them? Neuroscientist Dr. Rahul Jandial says dreams benefit us -- from helping regulate emotions, to processing trauma.
The COVID pandemic lockdowns. It was an approach endorsed by many public health experts. But could there have been a better way?
What happened to Etsy?

What happened to Etsy?

2024-06-1052:521

Etsy used to be the place to shop for quirky, handmade items from independent crafters all over the world. Now, it’s flooded with mass-produced products. What happened to Etsy?
In April, the U.S. military deployed a pair of high energy lasers to combat enemy drones. Now that the once-imagined weaponry of science fiction is reality, how will it impact the future of warfare?
On Point news analyst Jack Beatty looks into a correlation between news awareness and political leanings, and how that has inspired a controversial theory about democratic citizenship.
In China, Big Brother is most definitely watching. Estimates show up to 16 million Chinese citizens -- from university students to taxi drivers -- are political informants for the government.
Many Republicans in Congress are dodging the question of whether they’ll accept this year’s election results. What’s at stake in 2024 if only one party will accept defeat?
Other countries have social safety nets. The U.S. has women. In the new book "Holding it Together: How Women Became America's Safety Net," sociologist Jessica Calarco says it’s time that changed.
The power of solitude

The power of solitude

2024-06-0350:152

Being alone often gets a bad rap. But research shows alone time can actually boost overall well-being, increasing our emotional regulation, contentment and creativity.
Democrats are losing working-class voters at an alarming rate, despite the popularity of President Biden’s policies. A roundtable of working-class voters share what Democrats can do to win them back.
On Point news analyst Jack Beatty lays out the ways that President Biden’s Gaza policy has been, what New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls, “a moral, practical and political failure.”
Missing packages. Undelivered letters. If you've been having problems with your mail lately, you're not alone. The USPS is rolling out big changes across the country, from Richmond, Virginia to Santa Clara, California.
Oregon made history in 2020 when it became the first state in the nation to decriminalize small amounts of hard drugs like cocaine, heroin and meth. But last month – the state repealed it. What happened?
The Greco-Roman philosophy of stoicism is having a moment. Through wisdom, temperance, courage and justice you can create a virtuous, well-lived life. But have modern day stoics got it right?
A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office reveals poor living conditions inside military barracks – from mold and exposed sewage, to broken windows, nonexistent HVAC systems and more.
Puerto Rico is in the middle of a major gubernatorial race. As a new political party appeals to younger voters -- who've only experienced years of corruption, poverty and financial crisis -- who wins could have a big effect on the territory.
With the first presidential debate less than six weeks away, On Point news analyst Jack Beatty explores some approaches to interviewing a candidate like Donald Trump.
Once the second largest protestant denomination in America, the United Methodist Church lost about a quarter of its members over issues of sexuality. Now, the church is overturning its prohibition on LGBTQ clergy and same-sex marriage.
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cindy sergent

If you asked that question in any sport and one side refused to accept the outcome of the competition, it's disqualifying. Period.

Jun 10th
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Marylou Domino

So, Biden can't get the facts out about what he's accomplished because of his antler problem and you spend so much time talking about his antlers! I'm glad you finally got to how this is comparing apples to kumquats.

Sep 8th
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Jenny Mummert

Such an interesting topic and discussion!

Jul 14th
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Sorry Soup

a hopeful deacon who wants to work with boyscouts? hide your sons.

Mar 6th
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Thewiffleballking

The problem is overwhelming because of animal agriculture! 50% of water use in the US is for animal agriculture. It also uses 83% of US farmland, causes 60% of global warming yet only provides 18% of total calories.

Feb 16th
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mia blu

Now listened to this program twice and still just as incensed. The author assumes a post feminist world when we still have a very long way to go. I personally am from a family where the males are catered to and females are on their own! I make half as much money as my partner when I have a masters degree, he has "some college." What is the distribution of male versus female top executives even now in 2023.? Maybe if we stop catering to men and boys and favoring then. Realize we're finally in a society where the bar isn't kept artificially low for men at the cost of women, we'll see change!? It's women who have always carried society, we're just now seeing the results of a society where women aren't financially shackled to a lifestyle of servitude!

Feb 1st
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mia blu

outstanding

Jul 22nd
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Thewiffleballking

The guest states that 80% of water use is from agriculture, but how much of that is specifically animal agriculture. In the U.S., 50% of all water use is for animal agriculture only. The amount of water it takes to make just one lb of meat is equal to the average American showering for 4-5 months! Reducing meat consumption can help with the water scarcity issue in the west!

Jun 20th
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mia blu

Disappointed! Talked only about black victimhood while not addressing "replacement theory" in it's modern context at all.

May 25th
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mia blu

they really pummeled this guy when I feel he had some good points.

May 5th
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mia blu

absolutely excellent worth a listen

May 4th
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mia blu

Most insightful program I have heard in a very long time.

Apr 26th
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mia blu

They missed a real opportunity here. Why do politicians and academics always want to throw money at a problem!? How's about they work on generational poverty by ensuring less disparity in education? Some common sense programming like I had in school, how to balance a checkbook, pay taxes...add in job skills etc. I personally grew up in desperate poverty, left home to join the military at 17 pursued college and a career now have a master's degree and 18 year career under my belt. These things are not learned through osmosis, had I not had these experiences in my education I would have had zero life skills too...wealthy and upper middle class people don't realize that not every one has a dad who takes them aside to learn how to pay bills or change a tire! The problem is the policy makers have no personal experience with these issues. The first caller was correct just listen to the half baked lifestyle of "Violet" she is on her FIFTH child!!!!! But insists on doing a "fun" job while her h

Mar 7th
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Chak Olate

I really dislike these first person additions to the feed. I heard the person during the regular program, I don't want to sit through it again. I'd just go past it, but it always seems to happen while I'm driving. I wonder if there's a way to filter it out.

Aug 26th
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Laurie Klemme

Strange timing to invite this discussion. Strange to listen to the shadenfreude of your Kenyan satirist while the country at such a serious moment.

Nov 11th
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Michael Ackley

Thank GOD these people are out there. Sad state of affairs obviously, to need such a group.

Jul 29th
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Blendi Salaj

Very important topic.

Apr 16th
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Elham Davoodi

This was the best episode I've ever listened in on point; The hope will blossom in the time of the current Corona disaster.

Mar 31st
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dj faires

short shaft?

Mar 30th
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dj faires

dot minnow effect?

Mar 30th
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