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On Point’s host, Tom Ashbrook, is an award-winning journalist brought to public radio by the attacks of September 11, 2001, when he was enlisted by NPR and WBUR-Boston for special coverage, after a distinguished career in newspaper reporting and editing.
Tom’s career in journalism spans twenty years as a foreign correspondent, newspaper editor, and author. He spent ten years in Asia — based in India, Hong Kong, and Japan — starting at the South China Morning Post, then as a correspondent for The Boston Globe. He began his reporting career covering the refugee exodus from Vietnam and the post-Mao opening of China, and has covered turmoil and shifting cultural and economic trends in... Read More...
From On Point
- Week In The News: Franken's Fall, Trump's Jerusalem Nod, Russia's Olympic Cheating
California burns. Franken’s fate. Recognizing Jerusalem. An Olympic ban for Russia. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.
- In Ruby-Red Alabama, An Unexpectedly Close Senate Race Enters Homestretch
We go to Alabama for the homestretch of the Roy Moore-Doug Jones showdown for the Senate.
- Time Editor: No, Trump Wasn’t Going To Be Person Of The Year
An executive editor of Time said in an interview on NPR’s On Point Thursday that President Trump was not on the verge of becoming the Person of the Year, despite his tweet boasting of the honor.
- Your Comments On The Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
Our show Wednesday on the Masterpiece Cakeshop case at the Supreme Court drew a huge number of comments from our listeners on the issue that will affect gay rights and freedom of religion.
- Federally Protected Lands Are Shrinking In Trump Administration
The largest rollback of federally protected lands in U.S. history this week at Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante. We'll look at what's next.
- Time's Person Of The Year: People Who Broke Silence On Sexual Abuse
Time magazine’s Person of the Year is the #MeToo silence breakers. Where does the movement go?
- Russian Doping Investigator: Insider Blew Whistle After Mysterious Deaths, Flight To U.S.
Personal safety motivated one of the Russia doping whistleblowers, according to the man who wrote the report.
- WATCH: Henry Louis Gates Jr. And Maria Tatar Read African American Folktales
Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar, his co-editor on a new anthology of African American folktales, joined On Point Tuesday to talk about their book.
- Gay Rights, Religious Freedom At Issue In 'Masterpiece Cakeshop' Supreme Court Arguments
Cake wars. The Supreme Court hears the case of the baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Their ruling could change the boundaries of free speech.
- Russia Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics For Doping
Crime and punishment. The International Olympic Committee bans Russia from the 2018 Olympic Games. We’ll look at what it all means for sports and politics.