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.
||Obamacare's Survival on the Line Again||For the second time, the US Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Federal health insurance subsidies for seven million Americans will depend on how the Justices rule on arguments they heard today.||3/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fallout from Netanyahu's Address||Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress today that negotiations with six countries, including the US and Russia, won't prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. And he said that, ideologically, Iran is no different||3/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Spread of 'Right to Work' Laws||Wisconsin is poised to become the 25th State to allow workers to benefit from union negotiations without paying union dues. We look at the impact?on wages, on political fundraising by organized labor and on the presidential prospects of Wisconsin's Repub||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||FCC Hands Down Historic Ruling for 'Net Neutrality'||A ruling yesterday by the FCC means that cable companies and telecoms cannot discriminate between content providers?delivering some at faster speeds -- and higher prices -- than others. We hear about winners, losers?and more battles to come over "net n||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Hillary Clinton's Money Complicate Her Presidential Ambitions?||Hillary Clinton hasn't declared her candidacy for President, but the campaign against her is already taking shape. Is she the right person to raise issues of economic inequality and gender discrimination? What about conflicts of interest between the Clin||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Playing Politics with Homeland Security||It's already down to the wire for the Department of Homeland Security. Republicans are divided over a partial shutdown, and Democrats are refusing to allow a challenge to the President's actions on immigration.||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||America's Diet...and the Environment?||A federal committee on dietary guidelines reports that 65% of American women are overweight or obese along with 70% of men. Its findings on how we got that way ? and what should be done ? have surprised most nutritional experts and outraged parts of the||2/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Corporations Make a Move on Minimum Wage||Walmart is increasing wages for its lowest paid workers, But $10 an hour is hardly enough to support a family. We hear about pressure for raises at other big companies as some cities and states increase their minimum wages.||2/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is ISIS Religious? Does It Matter?||President Obama has refused to grant the so-called "Islamic State" its claim to be based on the Muslim religion. That has set off a semantic debate with potential consequences for the war on terror.||2/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Libya's Power Vacuum Draws ISIS Closer to Europe||Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has descended into chaos?with two rival governments vying for control. Now a faction of the Islamic State has moved into the vacuum of power. Would another international intervention make things better or worse?||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shuttle Diplomacy and "Merkel Mania"||Even political enemies are giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel's shuttle diplomacy rave reviews. Will her visits to seven capital cities on two continents in eight days help keep Greece in the Eurozone or lead to peace in Ukraine?||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Mistrust Between the US and Israel||By agreeing to address Congress without telling the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is accused of thumbing his nose at President Obama. Now the Administration says Netanyahu may have leaked "misleading" details of nuclear talks with Iran.||2/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail?||A record 125 prisoners were released last year in Texas, New York and other states after serving long terms for crimes they did not commit. The public-radio podcast Serial focused attention on cases being re-investigated because of possible wrongful conv||2/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rants, Punchlines and Trust in the Media||The satire of Comedy Central?s Jon Stewart has influenced political news and commentary since before the days of Bush versus Gore, but he won?t be around for next year?s target-rich presidential campaign. He announced this week that he?s leaving after 16||2/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Granting Permission to Go to War||The President has asked Congress to authorize military action against the so-called "Islamic State." Republicans say he's imposing too many limits. Democrats say there aren't enough.||2/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Oil, Gas and Wind on America's Atlantic Coastline||The Obama Administration is granting leases for offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic ? while making other parts of the ocean available for developing wind farms. The President's calling for "all of the above," but advocates insist on important differenc||2/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Healthcare: An Easy Target in Cyber Warfare||More and more doctors and hospitals are digitizing medical records ? making massive amounts of personal data more vulnerable to hackers. The latest target: Anthem insurance, with 80 million customer records. Are companies getting the protection they need||2/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obamacare's Shaky Future||Last week, for the 56th time, House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare ? knowing it would be likely to fail in the Senate. But the US Supreme Court is about to take up a case that could do part of it for them, depriving millions of newly subsidized he||2/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Comeback of Psychedelics in Psychiatry||Psychedelic drugs declared illegal at the end of the 1960's are now turning out to have medical benefits after all. We hear about the results of recent studies and the controversy over continued research with LSD, Ecstasy and magic mushrooms.||2/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The FCC Proposes New Rules for the Internet||As the Internet becomes more and more vital to modern life, the battle over so-called "net neutrality" is heating up more than ever in Washington. Will new regulations guarantee "fast, fair and open" access, or get in the way of investment in new technol||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is There a Proxy War in Ukraine?||With civilian casualties mounting from indiscriminant shelling, UN officials today condemned both the Ukrainian army and separatists backed by Russia. High-level former officials want the Obama Administration to change course and equip Ukraine with sophi||2/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are States Losing Common Ground on Common Core?||Common Core was invented by 45 state governors to raise educational standards for math and reading while maintaining local control. But, when Washington stepped in with monetary incentives, red-state conservatives saw federal control and denounced Common||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Intervention Prevent Homegrown Terror?||A federal judge is taking a big chance with an 18-year old Somali American, accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria. Instead of waiting in jail for trial as a terrorist conspirator, he may be sent to a halfway house to be counseled about re-connecting wi||2/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||License Plates, Law Enforcement and Violations of Privacy||Have you been to a marijuana dispensary? How about a gun show, an abortion clinic?or the home of somebody you?re not married to? Federal, state and local police may well have a visual record?picked up during blanket surveillance of automobile license pla||1/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail?||Local district attorneys get re-elected for putting people in jail. Now some prosecutors are part of a movement to get some inmates out. It?s not just new evidence or witnesses changing their stories?it?s also the pressure on innocent people to plead gui||1/29/2015||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.