On Point

Reviews For On Point

i find this podcast really informative and interesting. i usually only listen to the episodes that seem interesting to me from the description. the hosts are great and the guests are usually very interesting.
Long-time listener, but now completely done with this podcast. Replacing Tom Ashbrook has led to significant decline in both quality and tenor of discussions. The female host has no gravitas, constantly interrupts commentary with inane and politically correct tripe, while male host seems hopelessly uninformed and uncomfortable in his role. The quality of topics has been degraded, and discussion is predictable, insipid, and dull. This podcast had previously been a staple in my listening portfolio, but it now seems purposeless to maintain any contact with this once-riveting show.
I don’t need to hear every tiny sound the guests make... turn it down a notch. The sound of swallowing, breathing.. lips separating- it’s cool sound engineer... we get it, you’re dialed in.
I love everything about the show. But PLEASE make more than one week’s worth available! It’s beyond irritating to have to go to the website and play from there when I missed a show only two weeks ago. I understand not having 6 months worth of shows, but maybe a month?
I’ve been an On Point listener for almost a decade. Great show. I liked Tom Ashbrook, great journalist, but I guess a terrible coworker/manager. Meghna Chakrabarti was a great replacement, but I guess she too has moved on. Some episodes not as good as they used to be.
I’m enjoying the podcast so much more since Magna C took over. Thanks. Tom was sometimes too breezy and an arrogant blowhard.
I used to really like On Point, but it has declined over the years. One of my big pet peeves is the reliance on invited experts to the show, who get premium space on the show despite often supplying routine or boring information, over informed call-in listeners. Sure, a call-in listener is can often be bad radio, but often they are much more insightful and worth listening to than the stilted in-studio guest. My advice to On Point would be to stop cutting off the truly interesting call-in listeners in order to cram in other callers or expert voices, who are often a step down in quality.


By ienepet
Meghan C talks too much with some arrogance. Other hosts are very good. Please use other hosts


By DW-99
Thanks for posting the entire two-hour podcast, unlike 1A which is aways incomplete.
I have been an avid listener of the show for 12 years but now I barely do. I have tried to give Magna C. a chance but as a host of this format she is just not good. In the vast NPR stable there has to be a better choice.
One sided narrative driven talk.
This program suffers from its call in portion. Everyone gets their say, no matter how ill informed they are. As a listener, I want to hear the informed opinions of writers and reporters, not the left wing and right wing nuts who call in with misinformation from occupydemocrats or info wars respectively.
Inspired to post a review after listening to the Jan. 15,2019 episode of a conversation with the author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism” (Shoshana Zuboff), and host Meghna Chakrabarti. I could have listened for hours more — please Meghna, have Professor Zuboff back so the two of you can talk again. Perhaps a series with her about this topic?... would be fantastic; even patriotic... I’ve increasingly been appreciating your hosting in general Meghna—thanks!
This show just isn't as good as it was with Tom Ashbrook. Often the hosts stumble over words and seem barely informed on the subjects they cover.
I have been a listener for many years. Tom Ashbrook was just a better host. The new folks are doing okay but it isn’t the same - more left wing, more extreme, and less empathetic. Still a good program but bring Tom back — at least occasionally! Tom = 5 stars and new hosts = 4 stars.
I loved Tom and was disappointed to hear about the problems he created. It took a while for the show to find another good interviewer- or two. I have always liked Meghna Chakrabarti and David Folkenflik. Neither lets the show go stale or off on a tangent and the daily topics are - well, topical.
Meghna does a wonderful job interviewing guests and acknowledging different points of view. Her research is solid and she is always well informed. I though it would be hard to replace Tom, but I like Meghna's style more and more and don't miss Tom at all.
Please do another news podcast Tom ashbrook. The world waits for your voice.
This show used to be my Absolute favorite podcast. But it lost its warmth and flow after removing Tom Ashbrook for rubbish reasons. Sorry,but the quality of shows has fallen. If Tom ruffles some feathers in the pursuit of excellence, so what. Unfortunately Tom was a victim of Me Too gone too far. BRING BACK TOM! I’m sure I’m not the only listener that feels this way and waiting for him to return on air.
Used to be my favorite and one of the best podcasts available. The quality of the show has taken a nosedive since Tom's sacking.. I gave the show time to recover and get back to it's previous quality, but It has not so I have given up. Sadly, I am moving on.
I’m an old listener to the news roundup from back in the Tom Ashbrook days. Whatever you want to say about what happened, he was a highly informed, highly professional discussion leader. I listened anxiously as WBUR tried out a series of hosts in the wake of Ashbrook’s departure. Why in the world was David Folkenflik chosen? He is awkward and rude, stumbling over his own words and interrupting both guests and panelists mid-thought while strewing “um”s through the entire hour. His understanding of the issues seems paper thin. It’s agony to listen to him. Meghna Chakrabarti is a thousand time’s better (if not quite on Ashbrook’s level). The show needs an articulate host!
Tom Ashbrook must come back. I used to listen to this very day. Now, perhaps once a month. Please, please, bring Tom Ashbrook back.
On Point has great topical stories and thoughtful coverage.
I really liked Tom Ashbrook's veracity and depth many issues.
Megnha and David have done a fantastic job keeping what worked and made this show great. Love it - It fleshes out topics, taking them wherever they may lead. Callers aren't front loaded (obviously) and the genuineness shines through. Great for current events, politics and big issues of the day
Content is great. Journalism and guests likewise. I don't think the call-in feature adds anything to the show. I'd rather listen to the conversation in the studio instead of having the host constantly cutting those conversations short because, "We have to take another call."
I just recently discovered the podcasts of this program. Really enjoying the thoughtful conversations. Regarding the job-shaming episode, I believe that any job is to be respected and all work is dignified. My problem with the economy (in the U.S. and Israel where I live) is that some work doesn’t provide an adequate income to provide for decent housing, food, healthcare, etc. That is unconscionable to me.
David Folkenflik had a wide-ranging interview with Secretary Kerry. My only slight criticism is I wish Secy Kerry could have been allowed to finish his thoughts without interruption from the host. I much appreciated hearing Secretary Kerry’s advice to the citizens of the US. Be a voter!
He seems to acknowledge his wrongdoing and is deserving of a 2nd chance. His show is too important and his voice is missed at a time when American media needs such informed and in-depth discussions. Bring back Tom!
Used to love Tom Ashbrook but get why he had to go. Wasn’t sure I would continue listening but have been pleasantly surprised that we continue to get 2 interesting and well produced shows every weekday. Especially like week in review every Friday.
If there was ever a need for a thoughtful conversation, it would be today.
Bring back Tom Ashbrook.
Bring back Tom Ashbrook. Show lacks character.
I still listen, but I miss Tom.
As a long time listener, I appreciated this show for giving an opportunity for conversations between differing viewpoints on important topics. It has sadly morphed in recent months into some Hannity and Colmes-esque conservative platform that severely limits challenges to conservative narratives or only lets tame criticism in. Shame on those responsible for warping such as great show.
Can’t do it anymore. Just unsubscribe today to this show that I’ve been a fateful listener for years. If in the future on point decides to put so called experts from both sides of the topic and a host that allows more callers from opposing views I’ll come back. Right now it’s just another preaching to the choir show.
Consistently informative. Tom Ashbrook has the ability to take topics you cannot even imagine being interested in, and making them enormously fascinating. His warmth and authentic concern for the viewpoints of the callers puts this program into the five star category! Updated Review: 6/18 Unfortunately, that previous review no longer holds. The four-five stars is now down to one. This is especially true for the cerebral, but heartless, Jane Clayson. Is management even listening to these shows? Can’t you hear how poorly she treats callers? (She routinely cuts them off, and often is not even polite about it! )Well, it’s obvious to me that that she loves talking to the guests but only barely tolerates callers. What a disgrace! The only enjoyable week since you yanked Tom away was when Robert Seigel was the guest host. No one else even approaches the bar set by Tom. I dearly miss him. JES
Yes. Robert. Thank you. If not Tom, then Robert.
I was a devoted fan of Tom Ashbrook, but thank you for rousting Robert Siegel from retirement. I had forgotten how good he is. While he does not have Tom’s hilarious bombast, he is equally well-read, insightful and up-to-date on his guests. He is the ideal host: intelligent with a fine sense of humor, able to ask challenging questions, unflappably polite. He draws out his guests (or guest correspondents on Friday), corrects them or the callers when they’re misinformed without insulting them, and keeps the show lively and moving along. As one other commenter noted, pausing the guest(s) before the break without strangling them is a skill that few hosts have. Robert can watch the clock without appearing to rush his guests. May he continue moderating “On Point”!
Robert. As seasoned as you are,Jane is proving to be a formidable and amicable competitor. May the best man win. ....I am biased.
Thanks to To Robert Siegel for coming out of retirement to host On Point. He is such an excellent host and interviewer. I had taken him for granted when he hosted All Things Considered. It’s great to hear him again bring depth and thoughtful conversation to the topics. Janet Kessler Ventura Ca
I’ve given the show a chance since he was forced to go but unfortunately have come to understand that it was mainly about how good he was. Since then I’ve found other podcasts to replace my need for intelligent analysis of the news. Please bring him back so I can come back as well. Missing Tom.
I was just listening to the widowed fathers episode and got so fed up with Jane’s inconsiderate manner that I had to pause to write this. She kept cutting the men off and abruptly saying such tone deaf things like “thank you” right as the men were sharing extremely painful and personal stories. Such an emotionally incompetent person should not be facilitating a conversation like this. Yes, she has to keep the podcast moving, but there are many hosts out there who handle transitions and moving forward with more professionalism and grace. I am unsubscribing.
I totally understand the decision to do away with Tom Ashbrook, and I understand that his replacement will not have all of his strengths, but PLEASE try harder to find someone who can carry the show. Only, I believe, 3 people have been filling in (auditioning?) since Ashbrook left and they are all very stiff! Ray Suarez is painfully square, and he is a classic mansplainer. I may unsubscribe soon if you all don’t start trying out other (younger, perhaps?) talent.
As an independent I used to love On Point because there was always a neat topic and politics had lots of respect for all sides. It’s pretty hit or miss now. Not worth my name anymore, it’s just like any other show.
Since Ashbrooks dismissal, this podcast has become sub-par/below average.
Somehow reformatting this into 20-30 Min episodes would make it perfect!
For a long time, I would not miss an episode of On Point...but with Tom Ashbrook gone, I rarely find it interesting. C’mon, everyone makes mistakes; forgive & forget and get Tom back where he belongs!
Was so heartbreaking to see Tom go. Very sad if all accusations are true, but I’m so relieved that the show quality (especially Jane and Magna) maintaining the excellence of the show.