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.
||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|
||Trusting Doctors to Teach Tomorrow's Doctors Ethical Behavior||Stories of outrageous behavior by doctors in operating rooms have the medical profession in an uproar. They were reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is accused of creating mistrust among patients. We hear about the stories and why they wer||8/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ten Years after Katrina: A Tale of Two Cities||In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left under water 10 years ago ? one of the worst disasters in American history. Today, it's celebrating a historic recovery ? but not for everybody.||8/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hillary's Email Controversy||Controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email account while she was Secretary of State is not going away?despite her claim that she's been caught in a turf war between intelligence agencies. As the FBI continues its investigation, we look at the impac||8/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The US, Russia and "Hybrid Warfare"||The US and Russia have not gone back to the Cold War yet. But, after years of fighting in the Middle East, America's military establishment is gearing up to counter a greater threat to American security: "hybrid warfare" used by Vladimir Putin in Eastern||8/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The American Cop, One Year after Ferguson||Even for officers who haven't been caught on camera, cell-phone videos have made it harder to be a police officer in the United States. We hear what intensified scrutiny means to the cop on the beat. Will it lead to reform, including accountability?||8/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pilots Are Now Sharing the Skies with Drones||It's too early to call it a crisis, but it may be just a matter of time before an unmanned drone collides with a commercial airliner. Already, drones have interfered with aerial firefighters and injured people on city streets. Drone technology has many b||8/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The GOP and Foreign Policy: Long on Rhetoric, Short on Substance?||The 17 Republican candidates for president are almost unanimous when it comes to foreign affairs. Almost all are getting their ideas from one group of advisors, called the John Hay Initiative.||8/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Where Have All the Teachers Gone?||Public school districts that handed out pink slips during the Great Recession are now struggling with a shortage of classroom teachers?despite the Recovery. The number of college students enrolled to be trained for teaching dropped by 30% between 2010 an||8/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Free Speech in Trouble on Campus?||College students around the country are demanding protection from words, ideas and unintentional actions that can marginalize and discriminate. Critics warn of a threat to critical thinking?the purpose and the benefit of higher education.||8/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Political Outsiders: How Long Will They Last?||Donald Trump is getting the headlines and Bernie Sanders is drawing the crowds in the Republican and Democratic nomination campaigns. They may be political ?outsiders? in different ways, but their populist messages are shaping the dialogue so far for the||8/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||China's Robot Revolution and the Future of our Workforce||From Chinese factories to America's white-collar middle class, robots may soon be replacing more and more people. We look at what the future might hold as machines get smarter than we are.||8/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Police Repression and Police Reform||After a year of high-profile killings, the time is ripe for police reform, and departments around the country are in search of a model. We hear about racial profiling, "broken windows" and "community policing."||8/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Europe's Migrant Crisis||Greece, France, Italy and Germany are all trying to accommodate an increased flow of refugees fro Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and other countries. We focus on England as a microcosm of the migration crisis facing the European Union.||8/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Value of Giving Prisoners an Education||America's crackdown on crime is giving way to concern about the high-cost of mass incarceration. President Obama wants to give Pell Grants for college to inmates in prison ? to find out if higher education makes them less likely to commit new crimes. Res||8/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Finding Friends to Fight ISIS in Syria||The US has agreed to train and equip "moderate" Syrians in the fight against ISIS. But it's demanding that trainees agree not to make war on the oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. Is that policy doomed to failure?||8/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Analysis of the First GOP Debate in Cleveland, Ohio||Nine other candidates were the supporting cast last night as Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential candidates first confrontation on prime-time TV. We hear they tried to challenge him for the lead.||8/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How to Teach US History to Our High School Kids||Conservatives and liberals may never agree about the details of American history, but there's only one College Board. Now conservatives have forced a change in advanced placement standards for high school students. Has a "balance" finally been achieved?||8/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Israel's Answer to Jewish Terrorism||Palestinian terrorists are not the only threat to Israeli security. Jewish terrorists also pose serious risks to national unity and stability. Recent atrocities have increased fear that the government may be powerless against right-wing extremism.||8/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rising Seas Are Threatening America's Cities||Rising tides already threaten major cities and military bases around the country. Now it's predicted that sea levels will increase ten times faster than estimated before. Are public officials playing down the danger? Is there any way to prepare?||8/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Nuclear Weapons 70 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki||In the 70 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the "ultimate weapon" has not been used again. But nine nations now have them, and the US and Russia are "modernizing" their massive arsenals. Is "mutually assured destruction" making us safer or more at risk||8/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Palm Oil Be Sustainably Produced?||Eliminating trans fats from processed foods will remove a cause of heart disease. But replacing trans fats with palm oil may lead to other destructive consequences, including human rights abuses and climate change.||7/31/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Dilemma over Detaining Undocumented Families||Are "immigration detention centers" a good means of deterring illegal immigration?or "gilded cages" for women and children? We hear what a judge's order could mean for people fleeing violence in Central America ? and for immigration reform.||7/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Rising Cost of Fighting Cancer||The annual cost of cancer drugs has soared to twice the average American income. Oncologists around the country are calling for new regulations to ease the financial burden on patients facing bankruptcy as well as life-threatening diseases.||7/29/2015||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.