On Point

Weekdays from 9-11 a.m.
  • Hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti

On Point is broadcast for two hours daily across the country on NPR. The show’s lively conversation covers everything from breaking news to ancient poetry, and features writers, politicians, journalists, artists, scientists and ordinary citizens from around the world.

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We’ll talk to two mayors about the challenges they face in running their cities now. Amid protests for racial justice, the global pandemic, and surging unemployment rates, we’ll discuss the way forward at the local level.


Quinton Lucas, Democratic mayor of Kansas City, Missouri since 2019. (@QuintonLucasKC)

When the Navajo and Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund launched a GoFundMe page back in mid-March, donations poured in. Then something curious happened. The list of donors, which grew by the day, included many, many, many names from Ireland.

Why? Here's one insight, from a note Paul O’Beirne wrote along with a $40 donation: “We will never forget the extraordinary kindness show by the Choctaw Nation during the Great Hunger in Ireland. Thank you.”

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, American National Red Cross Collection

Oklahoma announces the state will incorporate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the statewide school curriculum. We'll learn why.

The impossible cost of health care in Appalachia: $40,000 for a single ambulance ride. We take a look at the cost of health care consolidation in rural America.

Sen. James Lankford: Rudy Giuliani's Work 'Not A Shadow Foreign Policy'

Sep 30, 2019
House Republican Conference

As the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump moves forward, this weekend, it was full-court press by Democrats and Republicans to shape the public’s perception of this critical moment.

When Trump told the Ukrainian president, "I would like you to do us a favor though," did that constitute a presidential abuse of power?

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said no.

You can find a buildout from this hour, featuring a partial transcription, here.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The whistleblower, the president and the Democrats’ next moves on impeachment. We have all the latest twists and turns.

With Anthony Brooks

High-deductible health plans were supposed to encourage patients to shop around for the best deals. Instead, many face financial ruin. What went wrong?


Noam Levey, writes about national health care policy out of Washington, D.C., for the Los Angeles Times. (@NoamLevey)

With Sacha Pfeiffer

Dollar stores are popping up across the country and raking in the profits. Critics say it all comes with a cost to the nation’s poor. We’re on it.


Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN Business retail reporter. (@nmeyersohn)

Shawn Miller / Library Of Congress

The new poet laureate of the United States is also the first Native American appointed to the post. We'll talk with Joy Harjo.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

The Supreme Court will review a challenge to the citizenship question on the U.S. census. We look ahead to what’s at stake.


Hansi Lo Wang, national correspondent for NPR who covers the 2020 census. (@hansilowang)