On Point

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Hear provocative voices and informed discussion as Tom examines stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today. On Point explores the latest news and the arts, and welcomes questions and comments from listeners.

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Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones are in the homestretch of their race for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama. We’re talking to people on the ground about the race, and whether Moore will win despite allegations of improper sexual contact with underage girls when he was in his 30s.

Guests:

Leada Gore, reporter at the Alabama Media Group. (@LeadaGore)

Troy Turner, editor of the Opelika-Auburn News. (@troyturnernews)

Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the #MeToo silence breakers. They spoke out and held powerful men accountable, from Matt Lauer to Harvey Weinstein and more. Where does the movement go?

In the midst of our show, U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat of Minnesota, said he was resigning from office after allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct.

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

Russia has been banned from the 2018 Pyeongchang, South Korea Winter Olympics for a systematic and state-sponsored doping scheme that gave its athletes a competitive advantage.

We’re joined by a panel of sports and foreign affairs writers, plus Richard McLaren, the author of the “McLaren Report” — he helped investigate the allegations fro the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in the case of the baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a gay couple — Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

The court’s ruling could change the boundaries of free speech and have huge ramifications for religion and gay rights.

We’re joined by advocates on both sides of this First Amendment dispute.

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

We’re talking to Henry Louis Gates Jr. and folklore scholar Maria Tatar about their groundbreaking new book, “The Annotated African American Folktales.”

Also be sure to check the “Circle Round” podcast, a storytelling show for kids.

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

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defends and deflects from the White House. Is she just doing her job? We’re taking a look inside the briefing room with people who are there every day.

Guests:

Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. (@MajorCBS)

The 2018 Grammy nominations are out. Rap and hip hop dominate. We talk about everything from classical to Albita’s Cuban big band sound to Jay-Z, who — with his album 4:44 — led all musicians with eight nominations.

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

Guests:

Dee Lockett, associate editor at Vulture. (@Dee_Lockett)

Slaves on the auction block in 2017 in North Africa. We’re joined by CNN reporters who helped expose it in Libya, and a New Yorker writer who’s also chronicled migrant exploitation.

This hour airs Thursday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Guests:

Nima Elbagir, senior international correspondent for CNN. (@NimaCNN)

Raja Razek, CNN journalist. (@rajarazek)

Virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier now says VR could be the “evilest invention of all time.” He’ll join our show to make the case.

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

Guest:

Jaron Lanier, virtual reality pioneer, author and musician, author of “Dawn of the New Everything: Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality.”

Is this the end for net neutrality? President Trump’s FCC chief moves to eliminate it.  What could your Internet look like when the net isn’t neutral?

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

Guests:

Klint Finley, senior writer for Wired. (@klintron)

The Benefits Of Silence

Nov 27, 2017

In this high-volume world, do we need more stillness in our lives?  We’ll tag along with Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge’s quest to find silence in the middle of New York City all the way to Antarctica.

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

Guest:

Erling Kagge, explorer, lawyer, art collector and author of “Silence, In The Age Of Noise.”

Vanilla, chili, garlic, soy. We’ll taste the “Eight Flavors” that writer Sarah Lohman says now define American cuisine and culture.

This show originally broadcast on December 15, 2016.

'Why Bob Dylan Matters'

Nov 22, 2017

Why Bob Dylan matters. We’re joined by Richard F. Thomas, a “Dylanologist” and Harvard professor, to make the case.

You can listen along with this episode by checking out our Spotify playlist.

With guest host Anthony Brooks. This show airs Wednesday at 11 a.m. EST. 

With faith in institutions at historic lows and technology changing the way we live, who can you trust? We talk to an author who wrote a book that explored the question.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST.

Sam Sifton and Melissa Clark of the New York Times join the program to share recipes and talk about how to make a great Thanksgiving feast.

With guest host Jane Clayson. This show airs Monday at 11 a.m. EST. 

Guests:

Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times. (@samsifton)

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