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From the economy and healthcare to politics and the environment – and so much more – On Point talks with newsmakers and real people about the issues that matter most. On Point is produced by WBUR for NPR.

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


Kumail Nanjiani, executive producer of “Little America.” Co-wrote and starred in the 2017 Oscar-nominated film “The Big Sick.” (@kumailn)

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, fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. ambassador to Israel. (@Martin_Indyk)

A thriving nation needs a growing economy … or does it? A lot of economists say maximum growth is bad for society and the planet, and they’re preaching slow-growth — or even no-growth — economics.

As N.H. voters head to the polls, we look back at the history of the state’s outsized influence in presidential elections and whether it’s time to loosen the Granite State’s grasp on primary politics.


Lauren Chooljian, politics reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio and host of the Stranglehold podcast. (@laurenchooljian)

Getting ready in New Hampshire after Iowa’s wobbly start. We’ll look ahead to what’s happening on the ground in the first-in-the-nation primary, and more.


Anthony Brooks, WBUR senior political reporter. (@anthonygbrooks)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

Forget it, Jake. A new book examines the 1974 film “Chinatown” and the colorful, complicated and compromised Hollywood figures who made the troubling classic.


Sam Wasson, writer and social historian. Author of “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood.”

A digital fail severely delays the Iowa Democratic caucus results. Is it time to completely rethink electronic voting of all kinds in American elections?


Jessica Huseman, lead reporter for ProPublica’s “Electionland” project, which helps newsrooms across the country cover ballot access issues. (@JessicaHuseman)

Private companies like SpaceX are testing vehicles for manned space missions. We’ll peer out into the near future and next steps in human space exploration.


Ariel Ekblaw, founder and lead of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative. (@ariel_ekblaw)

As the world watches China deal with the spreading outbreak of coronavirus, we’ll take a step back and ask what China’s response says about how China is faring globally.

Have emergency rooms become the safety net of our healthcare system? We’ll speak with a doctor who says emergency care has turned into all care.


Dr. Amy Ho, an emergency physician in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Read here piece on emergency room overcrowding here. (@amyfaithho)