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

What does Mark Galli, the now retired editor-in-chief of Christianity Today, make of the response to his call for Trump’s removal from office? We ask him.


Mark Galli, former editor-in-chief of Christianity Today. (@markgalli)

Richard Landexecutive editor of The Christian Post. President of the Southern Evangelical Seminary and Bible College. (@ChristianPost)

The latest developments in U.S.-Iran tensions. Lawmakers return to Washington to wrangle over details of the impeachment trial. We look ahead to a busy week in the news.


Gideon Roseeditor of Foreign Affairs Magazine. (@ForeignAffairs)

Kids, manners and the holidays. We have expert advice on how to expect and encourage behavior that makes for great family memories.


Katherine Reynolds Lewis, author of “The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever-And What to Do About It.” Certified parent educator and award-winning journalist. (@KatherineLewis)

Members of this health plan pay nothing for doctor’s visits, lab tests or hospitalizations. Could this be a model for the rest of the country?


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

Donald Trump becomes only the third president in U.S. history to be impeached. He rallies his loyalists in Michigan. The 2020 Democrats debate. The roundtable is here.


Juana Summers, political reporter for NPR. (@jmsummers)

Katie Rogers, White House correspondent for The New York Times. (@katierogers)

The storied band Los Lobos is out with a new album, “Llegó Navidad.” They join us to celebrate.


David Hidalgo, songwriter and musician. Member of Los Lobos (@LosLobosBand) since the band formed in 1973.

Steve Berlin, musician and producer. Saxophonist and keyboardist for Los Lobos.

The Washington Post’s massive investigation that U.S. officials misled the public about the Afghanistan War for almost 20 years. We talk with one of those same officials on what they said then, and what they think now.


Craig Whitlock, investigative reporter focusing on national security for the Washington Post. (@CraigMWhitlock)

Jay-Z at 50. We look at his evolution as a cultural icon.


Michael Eric Dyson, sociology professor at Georgetown University. Author of “Jay-Z: Made in America.” (@MichaelEDyson)

Interview Highlights

On what separates Jay-Z from the core and beginnings of hip-hop 

President Trump’s executive order to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses triggers strong feelings among American Jews. We’re listening.


Michael Brenner, professor of Israel Studies at American University. Professor of Jewish history at University of Munich. Author of “In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea.”

Editor’s note: This hour discusses domestic abuse.

Resources: The National Domestic Violence Hotline can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Acclaimed writer Carmen Maria Machado. Her memoir explores the gray areas of an abusive relationship, and the confusion of falling from soaring happiness to emotional pain.