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.
||Does Foreign Aid to Africa Do More Harm than Good?||Harsh new anti-gay laws in African countries have Western donors threatening to withhold assistance. That's raised questions about unintended consequences.||3/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama's Budget and the Politics of Poverty||In this year's budget debate Democrats and Republicans will have make public their priorities, revealing internal divisions before the primaries and November election.||3/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Showdown over Ukraine||The world is waiting for Vladimir Putin to make another move or relax tensions in Ukraine. Are there options for the US and EU to defuse what could be a dangerous crisis?||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama Gives Netanyahu a Countdown to the Peace Process||Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu seemed to be selling peace with the Palestinians today in a speech to AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby.||3/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||What's Next in Ukraine and Syria for the US and Russia?||With rising death and starvation in Syria, the UN wants a continuation of peace talks, backed by the US and Russia, now at loggerheads over what's happening in Ukraine.||3/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Racial Tensions on Campus||Racially charged incidents on college campuses are on the increase. What happened to the expectation that the "millennial generation" would live in "a post racial society?"||2/28/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Comcast Pushes the Debate on the Future of the Internet||If Comcast merges with TWC, it will be America's dominant broadband provider. Is Comcast getting too much power? Should broadband be regulated like a public utility?||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||National Security and Military Spending||Defense Secretary Hagel wants to cut the Pentagon budget. We hear what he's proposing, what it means for national security and the likely response from Congress.||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Venezuela's 'Chavismo' Survive without Chavez?||We hear about a troubled economy, the political legacy of the late Hugo Chávez, and US interests in a country with the world's largest oil reserves||2/25/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is It Time to Increase the Minimum Wage?||Is it a stimulus program or lost jobs and hard times for small business? Some cities, states and even big companies are increasing wages as debate goes on in Washington.||2/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||As the Olympics Wind Down, Is a New Cold War Heating Up?||The winter Olympics in Sochi are providing the showcase promised by Vladimir Putin. But Ukraine's bloody violence may threaten his hopes for Russia's resurgence.||2/21/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are the Kids on the Internet Alright After All?||There is widespread distress about the dangers faced by young people on the Internet. A crackdown on digital social networking might be exactly the wrong solution.||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Bloodshed in Ukraine; The 'Inevitability' of Hillary in 2016||She was the ?inevitable? Democratic presidential nominee for 2008. Now Hillary Clinton's "inevitable" for 2016. Also, is Ukraine on the verge of civil war?||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Future of Afghanistan Post-US Involvement||The US wants a residual force to remain when combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of this year. What's at stake for the Taliban and Afghan women?||2/18/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The World of Robots -- in Love and War||On this archived edition of To the Point, we talk about robotics and the increased interaction of robots with human beings.||2/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Credit Card Safety in the Age of Cybercrime||Target is only the biggest American business hacked for financial information, and the US is behind the curve when it comes to preventing more cybercrime. We hear about the ongoing risks to consumers and what might need to be done.||2/14/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Heroin Makes a Comeback||America's last heroin epidemic was in the 70's and 80's in metropolitan centers. Now users are younger, affluent and living in areas unprepared to cope with the problem.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Tech Industry Elitism Causes Frustration in San Francisco||Tech entrepreneurs are inventing the digital world as their real-world lifestyles are transforming San Francisco. Is there a trend of techies changing traditional living?||2/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Death Penalty in America||European companies are refusing to import the drugs for lethal injections. Will that lead to fewer executions or a return to gas chambers, electric chairs and hangings?||2/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Anti-Gay Backlash Goes Global||Vladimir Putin?s anti-gay laws made headlines before the Sochi Olympics. We?ll hear how dangerous life can be for Russian gays and lesbians.||2/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Chris Christie, "Bridgegate" and the Republican Party||With 4 days of agonizing delays on the George Washington Bridge still unexplained, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is on a political tour across the country.||2/7/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Let the Sochi Games Begin||President Obama won't be on the scene for the Winter Olympics, but there's a lot at stake in Sochi for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The opening ceremonies are tomorrow, but qualifying for some events began today. We get updates on those and on the m||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is a Boycott against Israel Reaching a 'Tipping Point?'||A non-violent Palestinian call for "boycott, divestment and sanctions" could damage Israel's economy with consequences for peace and a "two-state solution.?||2/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Next Step for the Keystone Pipeline||Oil pipelines are laid daily, but the Keystone has become a test of President Obama's environmental legacy. What are the consequences for climate change and the economy?||2/4/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Universal Pre-School Education: Poverty and Politics||President Obama is again pushing universal pre-school, without much chance of getting it funded. We look at the potential impact on poverty and political reality.||2/3/14||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.