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Let's make sense of the world – together. From the economy and health care to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point host Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR.
 
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Ian Manuel was placed in solitary confinement for a crime he committed just after the seventh grade. For 18 years, he lived in a 7-by-10-foot room. For 18 years, he did not have a window. Now, he’s telling his story about his life and experience in solitary confinement. Ian Manuel and Tammie Gregg join Meghna Chakrabarti.…
 
The Census Bureau projects that in less than 40 years America could become a majority-minority country. That brings anticipation for some, fear from others. Richard Alba says both presumptions are wrong. We talk to him about why he says America is more complex than the myth of the majority-minority country. Richard Alba and Ian Haney Lopez join Meg…
 
Christine Sheil's mother suffered from dementia. To be closer to her mom, Christine volunteered to play music in her mother's assisted living facility. But it was Christine who also needed support. So she kept volunteering. We explore the science behind the mutual benefits of kindness. In this rebroadcast, Christine Sheil and Nancy Sin join Meghna …
 
What do Americans have in common? Scholar Akhil Reed Amar says the one thing every single American shares is the United States Constitution. He shares why he wants Americans to better understand the words that made us. In this rebroadcast, Akhil Reed Amar joins Meghna Chakrabarti.By WBUR
 
Our special series Amazon: The Prime Effect takes a look at the ways Amazon is changing the way we shop, work and live. Congressman David Cicilline is the chair of the House subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. He also represents Rhode Island's 1st District. In this pod exclusive, Rep. Cicilline speaks with Meghna Chakrabar…
 
If you use Slack at work, Zoom for school or binge watch Netflix at home, guess what? You’re also using Amazon. Amazon Web Services currently controls 30% of the cloud computing market. The fourth installment in our series The Prime Effect goes inside AWS, one of the biggest parts of Amazon you may have never heard of. Tim Bray and Michael Cusumano…
 
Over the past few weeks, we've been reconnecting with guests that we featured on the show across the pandemic. Ken Gloss was with us last April. He's an antique book dealer and proprietor of the Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston. The pandemic forced them to temporarily close the store, only the second time they've had to do so since 1825. Ken's …
 
The CDC now says if you’ve had a COVID vaccine, the choice is yours to wear a mask. Science writer Ed Yong says that’s bad public health PR. We'll hear why he thinks the message to the nation must be: saving other people’s lives is a shared responsibility. Ed Yong and Joseph Allen join Meghna Chakrabarti.…
 
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