On That Point

On That Point is a four time Telly award-winning current events discussion show on BUTV10. We bring your questions and concerns about today’s most pressing issues to the people shaping them by asking expert guests the things students want to know. On That Point has delved into the Syrian refugee crisis, hosted debates between big oil and clean energy, and covered both national and state elections.

 

Please Contact:
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Episodes

Season 16
Season 15
Season 14
Season 13
Season 12
Season 11
Season 10
Season 9
Season 8
Season 6
Season 0
  • Recreational Marijuana in Massachusetts Episode 3
    12/12/16

    On November 9th, Massachusetts residents voted to legalize recreational marijuana. Episode 16.3 discusses what modifications must be made before the law comes into effect and what changes university students will see. Our guests include: Adam Fine, a co-writer of the ballot initiative, Acting Chief of the Boston University Police Department Scott Paré, and Founder of PayQwick Kenneth J. Berke.

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  • The Young Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election Episode 2
    11/8/16

    Episode 16.2 explores the young vote during the U.S. Presidential Election. Do young voters have an impact on the outcome of the election? How does social media play a factor in reaching this demographic? What issues matter to young voters, and how are candidates addressing them? The guests who will address these questions include Noorya Hayat from the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and Ajay Mayar from The Blue Lab. Also Matthew Murray, President of the MA Young Democrats, and Joe McKenna, National Committeeman for the MA Young Republicans, will debate about issues that matter to young voters.

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  • Media Coverage of the 2016 Presidential Election Episode 1
    10/10/16

    Episode 16.1 explores media coverage of the U.S. Presidential Election. Is media actually influencing voters? What about this coverage differs from the past? Has the media sensationalized the election? Can news outlets be unbiased? The guests who will address these questions include Professor Mitchell Zuckoff and Professor David Scott Palmer.

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  • Media and Terrorism Episode 4
    4/29/16

    As the Season 15 finale, Episode 4 explores how the media reports terrorist attacks along with how law enforcement has responded to this coverage. Guests include Chief Thomas Robbins of the BUPD, Professor Greg Marinovich, and Dr. Robert Cadigan.

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  • BU Student Government Episode 3
    4/1/16

    Episode 15.3 explores BU Student Government in the aftermath of two impeachments and several resignations in Fall 2015. Guests include Senate Chair Courtney Bold, former Vice President of Internal Affairs Marwa Sayed, and President Andrew Cho.

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  • Energy in the United States Episode 2
    3/18/16

    Episode 15.2 takes a look at current energy policies in the United States, along with their feasibility with the current economy and political climate. This episode also features a debate between environmentalist and oil lobbyist. Guests include Director of BU’s Institute of Sustainable Energy Dr. Peter Fox-Penner, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Petroleum Council for the American Petroleum Institute Steve Dodge, and Communications Coordinator at Better Future Project Emily Kirkland.

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  • Media in the Primaries Episode 1
    2/9/16

    Episode 15.1 takes a look at the advertising and social media campaigns of the candidates running in both the Republican and Democratic primaries. Guests include Harvard’s Kennedy School Professor Steve Jarding, Young Republicans Representative Joseph McKenna, and Christine Lowe, director of diversity for the Young Democrats.

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  • Race on College Campuses Episode 3
    12/10/15

    Episode 14.3 takes a look at race at BU, in light of the protests at the University of Missouri and campuses across the country. Guests include Provost Jean Morrison, rally organizers TeAndrea Jackson and Yasmin Younis, Professor Linda Heywood, and BUPD Detective Lieutenant Peter Didomenica.

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  • Syrian Refugee Crisis Episode 2
    11/8/15

    Episode 14.2 takes a look at the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis, both in Europe and the U.S. Guests include German Counsel General Ralf Horlemann, MIRA Coalition Communications Director Valerie Vande Panne, and Dr. Omar Salem, chairman of the Karam foundation.

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  • Sexual Misconduct Survey Results Episode 1
    10/22/15

    Episode 14.1 takes a look at the results of BU’s sexual misconduct climate survey. Guests include Peter Fiedler, co-chair of the survey task force; Jessica Klein, President of FemCo; and Jake Reiser, PR Chair for Alpha Epsilon Pi.

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  • 2024 Olympics Episode 3
    4/30/15

    Episode 13.3 takes a look at Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympics, and how it would affect the city. Guests include Steve Burgay, Richard Parr, Robert Popeo, and Jonathan Cohn.

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  • Sexual Assault on College Campuses Episode 2
    4/7/15

    On That Point takes a look at how sexual assault policies are being handled here at BU and around the country.

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  • Community College Episode 1
    3/30/15

    OTP takes a look at President Obama’s proposal for free community college.

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  • ISIL Episode 3
    12/11/14

    Episode 12.3 takes a look at ISIL and how how social media plays a role in radicalization.

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  • Election Special Episode 2
    11/3/14

    Episode 12.2 takes a look at the influence of campaign advertising and Super PACs in both the gubernatorial race and the campaigns for the ballot questions.

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  • Primary Recap Episode 1
    10/22/14

    Episode 12.1 looks back upon the trends of the recent Massachusetts primary election, as well as taking a look at how gubernatorial candidates Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker have changed their campaign strategies this time around.

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  • MBTA Episode 3
    10/2/14

    Episode 11.3 takes a look at the extended weekend hours of the T. We examine how it could help business owners, and how Bostonians feel about their city staying open later.

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  • Minimum Wage Episode 2

    Episode 11.2 takes a look at the Massachusetts minimum wage debate. We examine how a minimum wage hike will impact students and businesses.

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  • Legalization of Marijuana Episode 1
    11/14/14

    Episode 11.1 investigates the legalization of medical marijuana in Massachusetts and the trend toward legalization nationwide.

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  • Data Mining Episode 2
    2/21/14

    Data mining provides a personalized web experience for users, but companies are employing user generated information to maximize profit. Is this an invasion of privacy or just good marketing tactics? OTP discusses the issue with experts.

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  • Government Shutdown Episode 1
    3/20/14

    OTP explores the issue of dysfunctional government in relation to the recent shutdown, highlighting the division in congress and how this all looks on a global stage.

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  • Wrestling Episode 4
    2/21/14

    BU’s wrestling team is being cut. Students, athletes, and the coach all have something to say on the matter. On That Point delves deeper into the matter and how this decision is playing out.

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  • North Korea Episode 3

    How has American Pop Culture shaped our opinions of North Korea? What is the likelihood of North Korean attack? And if so, will the American people be prepared? On That Point discusses these questions with guests.

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  • Boy Scouts Episode 2

    The Boy Scouts of America are looking to drop their ban on gay members. Should an organization discriminate against an enitre group? How has this ban affected current and former scouts and leaders? What impact will this have? On That Point investigates.

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  • Gun Control Episode 1

    Should the U.S. create stricter gun laws? Can the government enforce these laws without infringing on our Second Amendment rights? On That Point talks with guests about gun control, in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT that created an impassioned debate across the country.

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  • Fiscal Cliff Episode 3

    What is the fiscal cliff and what does it mean for our economy? On That Point looks at this issue, analyzes how it impacts students and the job market, and discusses possible solution methods currently in debate.

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  • The Importance of Advertisements in the Election Episode 2
    3/20/14

    Are the advertisements used during this year’s presidential election actually important? OTP talks with guests about the effectiveness of these political ads and whether they have had any impact on today’s voters.

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  • The Israel-Iranian Conflict Episode 1

    Should the U.S. and other major powers take action against the Iranian government? How would action affect the principle of state sovereignty and the power structure within the Middle East?  OTP talks with guests about the Israel-Iranian conflict and about potential U.S. intervention.

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  • Proposition 19, The Legalization of Marijuana Episode 1

    Wonder what would happen if marijuana were legalized? Hosts John DeFelice, Erin Caron and Tess Hofmann asked just that of BU Professors Dr. Renee Johnson, a youth risk behavior expert, and Christine Rossell, a political science professor who specializes in American public policy. We also asked you to comment on California’s Proposition 19, and brought your opinions to the experts via our On That Street segment.

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