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.
||Recycling: Are the Benefits Worth the Cost?||Mandatory recycling has become a way of life in more and more places, but critics dismiss it as an easy way for politicians to make guilty consumers feel better about themselves. We hear both sides as the holiday season gets underway.||11/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is Tipping at Restaurants Becoming a Thing of the Past?||The practice of tipping after dining out began in medieval Europe, but it became a peculiarly American institution. Now there's a movement to ban it as unfair and discriminatory. Will customers give it up in exchange for service charges -- or higher pric||11/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Anti-Muslim Rhetoric||In just 12 days since the attacks in Paris, rhetorical attacks on Muslim Americans are rising toward a fever pitch. A religious database, special ID cards and surveillance of mosques are being proposed. Is it just the heat of the presidential campaign or||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Reality at the US-Mexico Border||Immigration across the Mexican border is a major issue among Republican presidential candidates -- with Donald Trump calling for a massive increase in security. We hear that reality at the border itself is very different from the way it's depicted on the||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A US-France-Russia Coalition against ISIS?||France wants the US to join a "grand and unified coalition" to strike back at ISIS. President Obama is already hearing calls from Democrats as well as Republicans to increase military action against the Islamic State. Terrorism is now Topic Number One fo||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Abortion Wars, Clinic by Clinic||The Right to Life movement has changed its focus from overturning Roe v. Wade to regulating abortion clinics. Abortion supporters say the real goal is to deprive women of their Constitutional right to choose. We hear what the rules mean ? especially for||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paris Attacks Reignite Surveillance Debate||One major concern after the deadly attacks on Paris is that Western governments are losing the war against ISIS online. There's renewed debate about surveillance of electronic messaging as opposed to privacy rights?and calls for Silicon Valley to curb te||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Paris Attacks Spur Harsh Anti-Refugee Rhetoric||The deadly violence in Paris has re-ignited America's ongoing debate over immigration. Traditional values, policies and procedures are up against fears about national security. Is a ban on Muslim refugees fleeing Syria's civil war and terrorism by ISIS n||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fighting ISIS||It was Frenchmen and Belgians that committed attacks in Paris, but intelligence agencies are convinced they were organized by ISIS in Syria. What does ISIS want? How should the West respond? Can it prevent attacks in the future?||11/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ISIS Attacks Paris||CIA Director John Brennan says Friday's attacks in Paris were planned in advance and that others are sure to be "in the pipeline." How should the US and its allies retaliate against ISIS ? and strategize for the future?||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Guantánamo, the Constitution and Presidential Politics||Congress says the inmates left at Guantánamo Bay are too dangerous to allow on American soil?even in prisons as secure as the Gulag. But President Obama made a campaign promise to shut Guantánamo down. Will that lead to a constitutional battle with pol||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A New Student Protest Movement against Racism on Campus||At campuses around the country, student activists are protesting what they call systemic racism. But are protestors intolerant of the opinion of others? What of the hard-fought right of free speech, won 50 years ago?||11/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Republicans Debate America's Economic Future||Polls show that Democrats are regaining some confidence in the economy, but Republicans are convinced it's still in big trouble. That was the message in last night's GOP presidential debate as eight candidates appealed to the base of the party.||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Does the US-Israel Relationship Need Mending?||US relations with Israel have been strained by the nuclear deal with Iran and other disagreements between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu. Will the Prime Minister's current visit to Washington help bridge the gap, or will that have to wait until the||11/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Red Tape Slows Help for Kids in Danger in Central America||It's been a year since President Obama promised a safe path to the United States for thousands of children in Central America?as long as they have parents who are legally in this country. But not a single child has found a way passed bureaucratic obstacl||11/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Legalization and the Rise of Big Pot||The movement to legalize marijuana appears to be on a roll, despite a defeat this week in Ohio. It's already America's fastest growing commodity, which has the original legalization movement worried that Big Pot could turn out to be just like Big Alcohol||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Open Enrollment, or Open Season on Obamacare?||Republicans have promised to kill Obamacare since it went into effect two years ago. The third enrollment period has just begun, and sign-ups are only half what supporters predicted. But millions of people now have health coverage that didn't have it bef||11/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Did Exxon Cover Up Climate Change?||Did one of the world's most powerful corporations deliberately deceive the public and policy makers about the role of its own products in global warming?||11/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Time for Frank Talk on Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Record?||Headlines around the world are predicting that a young political protester is about to be publically beheaded and "crucified" in Saudi Arabia. Rare public criticism in Britain has outraged the Saudi Royal Family, and threatened business relations with th||11/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is a Diplomatic Solution for Syria Possible?||With agreement that Syria's civil war needs a diplomatic solution, 17 nations met for seven hours last week to discuss an agenda. But Syria's Assad regime and rebel forces weren't there ? and the fighting continues. Is a diplomatic solution for Syria pos||11/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Viral Video Puts Spotlight on School Police||Video of a white cop abusing a black school girl went viral this week, causing widespread outrage. Uniformed officers with deadly weapons are now part of daily life on thousands of public school campuses. They're supposed to provide security, but they?re||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Insiders and Outsiders in the Race to the White House||Ten Republican presidential candidates were up against the World Series last night as well as against each other. We hear some lively exchanges and talk about the continued uncertainty for a crowded field of amateurs and political pros.||10/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Passing the Speakership Gavel and the Budget||A bipartisan budget deal will keep the government open and paying its bills, but it's being denounced by the right wing of the Republican Party. We hear how business as usual has become a political liability.||10/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The EPA Forces States to Adopt "Clean Power"||We hear about President Obama's plan for generating electrical power from renewables instead of fossil ? and its potential impact on global warming, air pollution and American households.||10/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Division in the Catholic Church||Three weeks of unusually public drama revealed that the Roman Catholic hierarchy is sharply divided between traditionalists and reformers. Pope Francis called the meeting, asking how to reach out to gays and lesbians and to Catholics who divorce and re-m||10/26/2015||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.