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.
||Law Enforcement Takes Police Surveillance to New Heights||Will "wide-area surveillance" and "facial recognition," developed for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, make America safer? Do they threaten the right to privacy?||4/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Assad Gains Confidence, but Is Anyone Winning in Syria?||Just a year ago, it appeared that rebel forces would topple Syria's President, but this week, rebels have lost control of several cities and Assad now appears to be planning for re-election.||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Heartbleed and Internet Security||The so-called Heartbleed security flaw has revealed every user?s worst nightmare about security on the Internet. Should somebody take charge?||4/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ukraine Tensions Fuel Interest in US Oil and Gas||Could the developing crisis in Ukraine produce a war over natural gas between Russia and Western Europe?||4/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Medicare Costs and Your Doctor Bills||Last week's release of Medicare data reveals more than which doctors collect the most government money. It also shows that the AMA helps set prices for doctors' services.||4/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lessons from Rwanda's Genocide, 20 Years Later||Rwanda's recovered dramatically after genocide killed almost a million people in 1994. Hutus and Tutsis are living together again. But how deep is their "reconciliation?"||4/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Climate Change: Will We Have to Get Used to It?||The latest report from the UN?s Panel on Climate Change is due out on Sunday. Is it time to re-frame the issue and talk about preparing for the cost of not taking action?||4/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turmoil in Eastern Ukraine Prompts Concern over Russia's Next Move||The standoff over Ukraine may be the most dangerous crisis in Europe since the Cold War. We update the confrontation, hear what?s happening and look at possible options.||4/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Pentagon's Latest War? against Mental Illness||American soldiers have been dying at the rate of 22 every day ? from suicide. What's the Pentagon doing to cope with mental illness, after combat and before enlistment?||4/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Republicans Aim to Take Back the Senate||We hear how the country's political future might depend on elections in some obscure states that are currently too close to call.||4/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Money and Politics in the Aftermath of McCutcheon v. FEC||Will the McCutcheon decision "open a floodgate" for big money in politics, or be a First Amendment victory? We hear about the latest decision on campaign finance reform.||4/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Afghanistan Holds Historic Presidential Election on Saturday||Saturday's election could determine how long US forces stay in Afghanistan. Has our longest war paved the way for democracy? Will voter fraud compromise the outcome?||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Rise in Vaccine-Preventable Diseases||Deadly childhood diseases once thought eradicated are making a comeback around the world. We look at the reasons and what might be done in the interests of public health.||4/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Turkey: Democracy in Turmoil||Turkey is increasingly polarized, as demonstrated by this weekend's elections. We look at the potential repercussions for the Middle East, Europe and for US interests.||4/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||GM Recall: How Much Did They Know and When Did They Know It?||For ten years, GM failed to recall Chevy Cobalts and other cars with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 fatal accidents. Was there criminal action?||3/31/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ageism in Silicon Valley: How Pervasive Is It?||The multi-billion dollar winners and losers in Silicon Valley are being accused of age discrimination. Is it different from biases based on race, gender or disability?||3/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The President, the Pope and the Saudis||President Obama met with Pope Francis today. Tomorrow, he'll be in Saudi Arabia. We look at US relations with two traditional allies, one Catholic, another Islamic.||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama Delivers a Major Speech in Brussels||US relations with Europe have declined. Russia's threat to Ukraine gives new importance to ties to the EU and the role of NATO. We update this week's presidential visit.||3/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hobby Lobby: Can a Corporation Believe in God?||The US Supreme Court today heard arguments over whether the religious beliefs of business owners trump Affordable Care Act requirements for covering contraceptives.||3/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||US Tech Companies and NSA Surveillance||The NSA's surveillance capacity is so vast it's scaring foreign clients away from the US technology industry. We look at the conflicts and economic consequences.||3/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The World Cup and Human Rights||When the World Cup or Olympic Games are held in repressive countries, who's accountable for human rights abuses? Can the publicity over such events lead to improvements?||3/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||An Unexpected Surge for Obamacare: Is It Real?||The Healthcare.gov roll-out was a PR disaster, and the political consequences may last until 2016. But, there are unexpected signs of momentum. We get a progress report.||3/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Putin Annexes the 'Republic of Crimea'||Annexing Crimea is a done deal as far as Vladimir Putin is concerned, but the US and Europe are ready to ramp up economic sanctions. We look at the possible downsides.||3/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama Considers Unilateral Action on Deportations||President Obama is about to set a record for deportations, so he?s called for enforcing the law "more humanely." What?s it mean for immigration reform? Elections?||3/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||All Eyes on Putin Post-Referendum in Crimea||In yesterday's referendum, 95% of Crimean voters elected leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. We look at the options available to Ukraine, the US, Western Europe and Putin.||3/17/14||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.