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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.

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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.

Former IRS Chiefs On How To Fix The Tax Gap

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President Biden wants to increase the capital gains tax. Former IRS commissioners Charles Rossotti and Fred Goldberg say the administration should go after tax cheats instead. They've got a plan to fix the tax gap, and we'll hear it. Charles Rossotti and Fred Goldberg join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 15 2021

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Understanding Putin's Playbook In A Biden Presidency

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U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will soon meet face-to-face for the first time in 10 years. Much has changed in the world -- and in Putin himself. Understanding Vladimir Putin's playbook in a Biden presidency. Ambassador Michael McFaul, Nina Khrushcheva, Andrew Weiss and Ambassador John Bolton join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Jun 14 2021

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America's Crime Surge: Why Violence Is Rising, And Solutions To Fix It

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The homicide rate in some large cities rose by 30% last year. The violence shows no signs of slowing down. We take a look at what's behind the sudden spike, and solutions that could reverse the trend. Patrick Sharkey and Eddie Bocanegra join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 11 2021

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What Climate Change Means For America's National Parks

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Conserving America's most precious public lands. It's the founding duty of the National Park Service. But what does conservation mean with accelerating climate change? Patty Glick, John Clayton and Abe Miller-Rushing join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 10 2021

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Democracy At Risk: Scholars Offer Warnings And What Can Be Done

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"Our entire democracy is now at risk." Those are the unvarnished words of more than 100 scholars with expertise in the history of democratic breakdown around the world.

Now, they're warning the U.S. could transform into a political system that doesn't meet even "minimum conditions" for free and fair elections. We'll hear their warnings, and solutions. Susan Stokes, Jack Beatty, Anna Grzymala-Busse and Steven Levitsky join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 09 2021

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First Person: Virologist Stanley Perlman Reflects On A Year Of COVID

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Dr. Stanley Perlman is a professor of microbiology, immunology and pediatrics at the University of Iowa. He has been studying coronaviruses for 40 years. In this diary, he reflects on how COVID has affected him personally and professionally.

In the coming weeks, you'll hear more of these conversations with On Point guests and experts about what the pandemic has been like for them. Keep an eye on this feed for more.

Jun 08 2021

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From India To Latin America: Portraits Of A Global Pandemic Far From Over

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Life is moving toward normal in the U.S. But the COVID pandemic is still surging internationally. We discuss what it will take to beat the global pandemic, everywhere in the world. 

Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Barkha Dutt, Shabir Madhi, Reyna Durón and Dr. Deborah Cohen join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 08 2021

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Pod Extra: A Conversation With Amazon Executive Dharmesh Mehta

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In our series “Amazon: The Prime Effect,” we take a look at how the $1.6 trillion company is changing everything about how we live, work and shop.

Amazon’s size and influence over e-commerce has drawn criticism from advocates – for its contribution to the decline of local brick-and-mortar retailers. It’s also drawn scrutiny from regulators. But none of that has dampened Amazon’s ambitions.

Dharmesh Mehta is Amazon’s vice president of worldwide customer trust and partner support. In this web exclusive, we speak with him about the Amazon marketplace, third-party sellers and how customer data is used.

Jun 07 2021

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Amazon: The Prime Effect, Part 3

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Like everything with Amazon, its marketplace is big. Small businesses like Steve Chou’s Bumblebee Linens can soar. But is the marketplace also destroying main street brick and mortar stores? In the third episode of our Amazon series, a look at the peaks and pits of Amazon's marketplace for retail. James Thomson and Stacy Mitchell join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 07 2021

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Inside One Conservative Organization's Nationwide Efforts To Restrict Voting Rights

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Critics say a nationwide effort to restrict voting rights is underway. At issue: A push by one conservative organization to tighten election laws across the nation.

They plan to spend 24 million over the next two years in Michigan, Nevada, Texas, Pennsylvania and beyond. Ari Berman joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 04 2021

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How Redistricting Could Change Electoral Maps In 2022 And Beyond

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With majorities in many state legislatures, Republicans are drawing electoral maps to give them a boost in the 2022 midterms and beyond. Can Democrats in Washington stop them? Michael Li, Jack Beatty, Carlos Trujillo and Brittni Kellom join Anthony Brooks.

Jun 03 2021

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Exxon And Activism: The Oil Industry Reckons With Climate Change

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ExxonMobil shareholders have elected two board members backed by activist investors. We discuss the new chapter in the battle to make energy companies face the threat of climate change -- and to change themselves. Andrew Logan, Charlie Penner, Aeisha Mastagni and Phil Verleger join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 02 2021

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How To Cut Through The 'Noise' That Hinders Human Judgment

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If you consult three doctors and get three different opinions, that’s an example of what Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman and his colleagues call “noise.” How do you decide what to do when professionals don’t agree? We’ll cut through the noise and exploring human judgment. Daniel Kahneman and Olivier Sibony join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Jun 01 2021

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How Screen Time Shapes Kids

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Online school. Virtual playdates. Video games. What does it mean for children that more and more of their world is now mediated through a screen? After the pandemic, how will they transition back? Anya Kamenetz and Natasha Burgert joined Meghna Chakrabarti.

May 31 2021

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How Work Culture Can Adjust To Pandemic Burnout

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After over a year of working in a pandemic, employees have had enough. Can work culture adjust to employee burnout? Anne Helen Peterson, Charlie Warzel and Felicia Davis join Anthony Brooks.

May 28 2021

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Inside The Push To Get Students Back To School

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Education Secretary Miguel Cardona wants ‘back to school’ to mean just that. But are parents and teachers on board? Anthony Brooks hosts a conversation on the push to get students back in classrooms. Sec. Miguel Cardona, Janelle Scott and Mike Waldrip join.

May 27 2021

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The Supreme Court, Abortion And The Anti-Abortion Movement's Long Game

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Mississippi abortion case that could spell the end of Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, abortion restrictions are being signed into laws at an unprecedented rate. We look at the battle over abortion in 2021. Mary Ziegler and Joan Biskupic join Kimberly Atkins.

May 26 2021

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Reflecting On George Floyd Square, One Year Later

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A year since the murder of George Floyd. A year of protests and people demanding change. But was it enough? We look at the intersection where Floyd was killed — George Floyd Square — and what it represents about the push for racial justice. Jeanelle Austin, Suzette Hackney and Andrea Jenkins join Kimberly Atkins.

May 25 2021

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A History Of Black Rebellion In America

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Violent protests over racism in the 1960s had a ubiquitous label: riot. Historian Elizabeth Hinton prefers another word: rebellion. We hear the untold history one year after George Floyd's murder. Elizabeth Hinton and Jeff Kirkland join Kimberly Atkins. 

May 24 2021

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Baseball's Big Swing At Sports Betting: How It's Shaping The Future Of The MLB

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Major League Baseball's embrace of the billion dollar American sports betting business. Will it sully the game? Or could it save it? David Purdum and Craig Calcaterra join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

May 21 2021

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Near Constant Interruptions

By Nomnomnomnomnomnom - May 25 2020
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I really really want to like this show, but one of the hosts constantly interrupts guests and it’s gotten to the point where I can no longer listen. What’s the point of inviting guests into the show if you’re only going to give them a short opportunity to explain their points before interrupting them? I listen to podcasts to listen to stories and ideas that are explained at a reasonable pace, not to get frustrated on the guests’ behalf.

Used to enjoy

By W1lLS. - May 19 2020
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I used to enjoy listening to the variety of topics that this show uses to cover. That said, I haven’t listened to the show in over a month and a half. I understand that coverage of the current illness going on is important but making it your only topic is a bit much. Even during political turmoil this show used to find time to talk about something else, sports, entertainment, art, and so on. Now every single topic is hooked back to the virus, sometimes shoehorned into the topic. At least there’s still Fresh Air.