On Point

Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on KEDM Ideas
  • Hosted by Tom Ashbrook

On Point unites distinct and provocative voices with passionate discussion as it confronts the stories that are at the center of what is important in the world today.

Leaving no perspective unchallenged, On Point digs past the surface and into the core of a subject, exposing each of its real world implications.

Host Tom Ashbrook combines his journalistic instincts with a listener's openness and curiosity -- focusing on the relevant topics and deconstructing issues along with the audience.

News analyst Jack Beatty, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly, also guides the program by providing his own unique perspective to the conversation.

Ways to Connect

With Kimberly Atkins

President Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that there’s nothing wrong with accepting campaign dirt on political opponents from foreign actors.

Two tankers were attacked in the Gulf of Oman. The U.S. released a video purporting to show Iranians removing a mine after the explosion. Iran has disputed the accusations. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke Thursday, but offered no evidence to back up the claim of Iran’s involvement.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

“Let Love Have the Last Word” is a daily commitment for the rapper Common. It’s also the title of his new memoir. He joins us.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Twenty-five years after the O.J. Simpson case began, how did it change our views on justice, celebrity and race?

With Sacha Pfeiffer

Increasing numbers of Americans say they have no religious affiliation. They’re making their voices heard in the public square and at the Supreme Court.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Korean American writer Min Jin Lee is thinking about her immigrant experience. She joins us.

Editor’s Note: If you or people you know are struggling with mental health, trauma or the loss of loved ones, you can reach out to SAMHSA’s National Helpline — a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service.

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With Meghna Chakrabarti

Big Brother. 2+2=5. The memory hole. “Truth isn’t truth.”

Sound familiar? They’re from George Orwell’s dark masterpiece, “1984.”

OK, not all of those phrases. That last one, “Truth isn’t truth,” that’s from the President’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. So it’s real, and recent. That shows you the timelessness and predictive power of Orwell’s “1984.”

With Meghna Chakrabarti

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will, on his new mediation on the state of American conservatism.


George F. Will, writes a twice-weekly syndicated column on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for the Washington Post, for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1977.

Editor’s Note: This segment discusses rape and sexual violence, and contains audio that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.

With Meghna Chakrabarti

New guidelines to protect young athletes from abusive coaches will soon go into place. Critics say the plan is flawed.

With David Folkenflik

We’re in New Orleans for a special On Point Live! broadcast from The National WWII Museum.

It was codenamed Operation Neptune, part of Operation Overlord. And it was plotted for nearly a year, relying on the insights and arguments of admirals, politicians, engineers and weather forecasters.

And on such a plan did World War II and the very trajectory of the 20th century pivot.