KCRW's To the Point
By Warren Olney, KCRW
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Hosted by Warren Olney, To the Point is a fast-paced, news based one-hour daily national program that focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International.
||Russia Targets ISIS with Strikes in Syria||The war in Syria is more complicated than ever. On the third day of Russian airstrikes, the US and Russia are aiming at different targets while trying to make sure their planes don't run into each other. As the violence increases, diplomatic conflict is||10/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How the Immigration Act Has Changed America||On its 50th anniversary, we look at the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, which has changed the face of America. A nation dominated by white people from Europe has become a real ethnic melting pot ? with lasting consequences ? social, economic||10/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russian Planes Strike Assad's Enemies||Russian planes struck targets in western Syria today with almost no warning to the United States. Although both countries are opposed to ISIS, Russia's strikes appear to be aimed at helping Bashir al-Assad. Are Russian airstrikes a challenge to the Unite||9/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Defunding Planned Parenthood: GOP Ideology and Political Reality||With the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, it appears that federal agencies will stay in business?at least for the moment. But Republicans are divided among themselves, and the fight over Planned Parenthood threatens a possible government shut||9/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diplomacy, Dictators and Double-Speak at the United Nations||UN headquarters is providing "the greatest geopolitical show on Earth," according to one reporter, as the world body celebrates its 70th anniversary with speeches by heads of state from all over the world. When the UN was founded in 1945, the focus was o||9/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||House Speaker John Boehner Abruptly Resigns from Congress||Yesterday, Pope Francis made history on Capitol Hill -- at John Boehner's invitation. Today, Boehner is making history of a different kind. He'll resign at the end of October to avoid what he calls the ?irreparable damage? of ?leadership turmoil? among H||9/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pope Francis Makes History with Speech before Congress||As the first Vicar of Christ to address a joint meeting of Congress today, Pope Francis delivered challenges to both political parties. In addition to abortion and global warming, he also addressed the death penalty and the arms trade. We hear excerpts o||9/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can the European Union Survive the Refugee Crisis?||The biggest flood of refugees since World War II has divided the European Union against itself, with Western countries agreeing to accept proportional quotas while four members of the former Warsaw Pact are refusing to go along.||9/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Diplomacy and Big Business from Washington State to Washington, DC||Before he goes to the White House this week, the President of China will meet with the leaders of US tech firms that are the victims of Chinese cyber attacks. He reportedly wants an unlikely alliance against the Obama administration, which has threatened||9/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Pope Francis Be an Agent of Change?||Pope Francis helped renew diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. Now he's visiting both countries, with a lot to say about their different ideologies, economies and treatment of those Jesus called "the least among us."||9/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Portrait of the Muslim American Life||This week's arrest of a 14-year-old Muslim student whose home-made clock was mistaken for some kind of bomb raised the issue of Islamaphobia in America. Now it's become an issue in the presidential campaign.||9/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trump Gets Jumped at GOP Debate||Eleven Republican candidates for president got three hours of exposure last night on CNN. Some 23 million people watched a debate that was as contentious as the network's moderators could make it. We hear how front-runner Donald Trump handled himself and||9/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will the Fed Raise Interest Rates?||Record-low interest rates have helped lift the economy out of the Great Recession, but now there's worry about inflation. Would a rate-increase threaten employment? This week, Janet Yellin and the Federal Reserve are pondering a crucial decision.||9/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Crime Spikes Stall Criminal Justice Reform?||The US locks up more people than any other country ? especially blacks and Hispanics imprisoned for non-violent drug crimes. Republicans agree with Democrats it's a waste of money, and bipartisan criminal-justice reforms are pending in both houses of Con||9/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Russia Sends Troops and Military Supplies into Syria||As Europe struggles to deal with a massive refugee crisis, the largest numbers are fleeing from Syria's civil war. Russia and the US are on different sides of that conflict ? but they do share a common enemy in ISIS. We hear what that could mean as circu||9/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is the US Doing Enough for the Refugees?||The nations of Europe are divided over what to do about tens of thousands of refugees from Syria's civil war. The US is also divided between its historic offer of liberty to the world's "huddled masses" and fears about homeland security.||9/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Single-Issue Politics Lead to a Government Shutdown?||Congress has so much unfinished business and time is growing so short that the federal government faces another shutdown at the end of this month. We hear how it may become hostage to a single, hot-button political issue: funding for Planned Parenthood.||9/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||If the Iran Accord Goes Through, What Happens Next?||The Iran nuclear deal is closer than ever to becoming reality with opponents in trouble ? not just in the Senate, but also in Congress. But, even if the "Resolution of Disapproval" fails in both houses, disagreement over the deal itself may continue ?||9/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Saudi Arabia: Friend or Foe?||Saudi Arabia says it can live with the Iran nuclear deal after all ? especially since President Obama has promised new military assistance. As the US bolsters the traditional alliance, critics are raising questions about the Kingdom's human rights record||9/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Do You Really Own Your Own Face?||Privacy advocates are warning about the loss of public anonymity from face-recognition technology that's ubiquitous thanks to Facebook and other software companies. We hear about the risks as well as the benefits.||9/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are "Smart Drugs" the Magic Pill to Getting a Workplace Edge?||College students, programmers, musicians, all sorts of people looking for an edge are finding it in a flood of new over and under the counter drugs that promise to make them faster, sharper, and more alert. We look at the rise of Modafinil and other "sma||9/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Affordable College: The New American Dream||A three year college degree is just one proposal to rethink the cost of college education. With the average graduate carrying $30 thousand in debt and middle class parents depleting their retirement funds to pay for higher education, has the time come fo||9/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama Visits the Arctic Circle||President Obama ends his Alaska visit today with more calls for urgent action on climate change. But is the US taking urgent enough action to get a foothold in the northern polar region where Russia, China and other nations have already staked claims?||9/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Slumping Stocks and a Government Crackdown: China at a Crossroads?||China's stocks tumbled once again today, after bad news from the manufacturing sector. Is the world's second largest economy in a free fall? Can Beijing rebuild confidence while cracking down on dissent?||9/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Europe Close Its Borders to Migrants and Refugees?||Record numbers of migrants and refugees are fleeing wartorn and impoverished countries for Europe, sometimes losing their lives in the process. Can the European Union agree on a unified immigration strategy and maintain its open border policy while als||8/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
Thank you To The Point and Warren Olney
Once upon a time I had given up on ever hearing what I refer to as "real news" again. Having to filter out obvious bias from the anchors on 24 hour news channels had become annoying and boring. I also wanted to know what was happening in the world not just here in the US. "Another blonde girl went missing?" was a conversation I refused to be apart of. Now I listen to To The Point and I receive unbiased news from multiple perspectives. Warren is a gentleman you want in your earbuds. He asks tough questions and gets real answers. This program harkens back to a time when you trusted your newsman and the news he was presenting. Thank you.
This show is such a breath of fresh air. Being able to hear a civil, in-depth exploration of the important topics of the day - with articulate contributions from a variety of perspectives - is such a pleasure. If you are as disgusted as you should be with the screaming soundbite wars on cable news, where important matters are utterly trivialized, and trivial topics elevated to absurd heights - this show is for you. Even-handedly moderated by the unflappable Warren Olney.
Awesome! Not to be missed
Totally worthwhile, fair-minded - everything that news should be and rarely is. Sometime need more than one try to get the whole show -- but it's always worth it. Also KCRW attaches meaningful and useful content information to the files so I can focus on the shows that I'm most interested in. This alone justifies podcasting.