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February 25 2020


What The Harvey Weinstein Trial Verdict Means For The #MeToo Movement

Harvey Weinstein is found guilty of third-degree rape, but acquitted of the most serious charges against him. We’ll take a look at the impact of this watershed moment. Fatima Goss Graves joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

Part II: The Science Behind How We Perceive Truth

In the second installment of our series on truth, we dive into the science behind truth. How do we define it, how do our brains process it and why do we fight over it? John Van Bavel, Adrian Bardon and George Lakoff join Meghna Chakrabarti.

February 24 2020


Week Ahead: 2020 Latest, Afghanistan Peace Talks, White House Staff Shake-Ups

Candidates take the Nevada results and move on to South Carolina. The latest on peace talks with Afghanistan. Plus, post-impeachment shake-ups in the Trump administration. We’ll look at the week ahead in news. Kimberly Atkins, Jack Beatty, Major Garrett and Robert Costa join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

Part I: The History Of How We Talk About Truth

We kick off our series on truth – how we use it, how we abuse it, what it means and what it’s worth to us. Joel Christensen and Mustapha Akyol join Meghna Chakrabarti. 

February 21 2020


Week In The News: Democrats Debate, Trump's Pardons, Calls For AG Barr's Resignation

Democrats take the debate stage. President Trump issues a round of pardons. Former DOJ prosecutors call for AG Barr’s resignation. The roundtable is here. Astead Herndon, Betsy Woodruff Swan and Amanda Terkel join David Folkenflik.

How To Fix The Crisis In Local News

Local newspapers have steadily gone out of business throughout the digital age. We’ll dig into the fate of local journalism and what can be done to save it. John Thornton and Mary Ellen Klas join David Folkenflik.

February 20 2020


On Point Special Series: 'In Search Of Truth'

Next week, in collaboration with The Conversation, On Point will air a four-part series that explores what we mean when we talk about "truth."

What Happened In Vegas: Mike Bloomberg's Debate Debut

Just three days ahead of the Nevada Caucus, six Democrats take the debate stage in Las Vegas. But one notable newcomer may change the game entirely. We’ll talk Michael Bloomberg's first debate performance. Michael Kranish, Mara Gay and Michael Beckel join Robert Siegel. 

David Brooks Says The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake. Is He Right?

David Brooks wants Americans to ditch the idea of the nuclear family. In his latest piece for The Atlantic, Brooks declares the end of the era of mom, dad and two and a half kids. We'll hear why. David Brooks and Dr. Andrea Hunter join Robert Siegel.

February 19 2020


Amid A Flood Of Sex Abuse Lawsuits, Boy Scouts of America Files For Bankruptcy

Boy Scouts of America filed for bankruptcy after years of declining enrollment and mounting allegations of widespread sexual abuse. Is this the death knell for the organization? Cara Kelly, Marci Hamilton, Alvin Townley and Col. Randy Rizor join Robert Siegel.

As FBI Tackles Chinese Espionage, Some Fear A New Red Scare

Chinese espionage is a real problem for this country. But is the FBI overreacting to Chinese theft of intellectual property, and creating a new red scare? Peter Waldman, Larry Diamond and Xi Xiaoxing join Robert Siegel.

February 18 2020


Walter Shaub Wants You To Fight For An Ethical Democracy

For decades, Walter Shaub advised presidential candidates about transparency, ethics and how to avoid conflicts of interest. We talk to Shaub about how he ran the Office of Government Ethics and the future of ethics in government. Walter Shaub joins Robert Siegel.

Indie Bookstores, Once On The Verge Of Disappearing, Are Making A Comeback

Independent bookstores aren’t just back, they’re thriving. As other small retailers struggle to compete with big box stores and online shoppers, how do indie booksellers found continue to attract and maintain a loyal base of customers? Ryan Raffaelli and Jamie Fiocco join Robert Siegel.

February 17 2020


Week Ahead: Nevada Caucus, State Of The Democratic Party, Legacy Of Impeachment

Looking to the week ahead in news. The Nevada caucus is next as Democrats fight for the soul of their party. Plus, the latest from Washington and the legacy of impeachment. Jon Ralston, Astead Herndon, Jack Beatty and Abby Livingston join Robert Siegel.

On Presidents Day, Understanding The Evolution Of The Office Itself

On Presidents Day, taking stock of the evolution of the office itself. What has the presidency become? Where is it headed? What does it say about us? Barbara Perry, Saikrishna Prakash and Jon Michaels join Robert Siegel.

February 14 2020


Week In The News: 2020 Election Latest, Trump's DOJ, Barr Responds To Trump Tweets

On to Nevada and South Carolina for the Democrats. The heavy hand of Trump’s Justice Department. And a whole lot more in our week in review roundtable. Susan Glasser, Molly Ball and Gerald Seib join David Folkenflik.

'Little America' Depicts The Immigrant Experience Not Seen In The Headlines

“Little America” is the new Apple TV + series that documents the complexity of the immigrant experience. Kumail Nanjiani joins us to discuss these stories not seen in the daily headlines. Kumail Nanjiani and Joshuah Bearman join David Folkenflik.

February 13 2020


Unpacking Why Federal Prosecutors Quit The Roger Stone Case

Four federal prosecutors in the case of former Trump campaign advisor Roger Stone have pulled out of the legal proceedings, after the Department of Justice undercut their sentencing recommendations. We’ll look at the mix of politics and justice that brought us to this unprecedented point. Paula Reid, Donald Ayer and Jill Hasday join Meghna Chakrabarti.

Is It Time For A New U.S. Strategy In The Middle East?

Former U.S. diplomat Martin Indyk, who has spent his career trying to fix problems in the Middle East, says it’s time to rein in our grandiose vision for the region in exchange for something more attainable. Martin Indyk joins Meghna Chakrabarti.

February 12 2020


Road Map To 2020: Looking Ahead To Nevada, South Carolina And Beyond

There was Iowa and New Hampshire – now it’s on to Nevada, South Carolina and Super Tuesday. How could the Democratic nomination race change as the rest of America gets its say? Lily Adams, Gavin Jackson and Mark Longabaugh join Meghna Chakrabarti. 
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