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.
||CleanNATO Prepares to Counter Russian Aggression||Two decades after the Cold War, tensions are on the increase between the NATO Alliance and Russia. NATO's planning a military buildup in Eastern Europe mostly at US expense. We hear why and get Russia's reaction.||2/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Democratic and Republican Establishments Get Trumped||After Iowa and New Hampshire, Trump and Sanders are gaining ground among Republicans and Democrats. But there's a long way to go. We hear about strengths, weaknesses and challenges to come in both political parties.||2/10/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWill Latino Voters Play a Pivotal Role in 2016?||After New Hampshire, both parties will be chasing the fast-growing number of eligible Latinos. They could make a crucial difference in several states. We hear what divides a group of 27 million potential voters?and what unites them.||2/9/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanDonald Trump: The Man behind the Candidate||In the first months of campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, Donald Trump has relied on sweeping generalities, but many want to know more. We talk with supporters and skeptics about Trump's record and his White House qualifications.||2/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanSex and the Super Bowl||Millions are expected this weekend in Northern California for the 50th Super Bowl, but it won't be all about party time. There's new evidence of a long-suspected link between the big game and human trafficking.||2/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanAfter Iowa: the GOP Survival Test in New Hampshire||Monday's unexpected results in Iowa shook up Republican Party politics. This coming Tuesday, New Hampshire voters could bring some campaigns to an end while giving new life to others. We check out the action.||2/4/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWill the Feminist Vote Make a Difference in 2016?||Hillary Clinton might become the first woman president, but some likely voters say she's not the embodiment of "feminist" ideals.||2/3/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIowa Caucus Results as New Hampshire Looms||Last night's Iowa caucuses helped to clarify the campaigns of both political parties -- but not enough for confident predictions about what's next. We hear about the upcoming challenges for candidates claiming victory ? and those perceived to have lost.||2/2/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanZika: The Great Unknown||The World Health Organization today declared the spread of the Zika virus a public health emergency? but said that travel restrictions are not necessary. It's still not clear if the illness causes birth defects, and US health officials say there's no cri||2/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanIt's Down to the Wire in the Iowa Caucuses||Three days before the Iowa caucuses, the presidential nomination campaign is more chaotic than ever? with Donald Trump staging his own show instead of debating opponents. We hear what's at stake for Republicans, and for Democrats, in what's only the firs||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanJuvenile Justice: When Should Youths Be Tried as Adults?||The US Supreme Court has ruled that "kids are different," but thousands of juveniles are still being tried as grown-ups. They're often confined with adult prisoners?even when their crimes are not serious or violent. We hear how the war on crime eroded ju||1/28/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanRising Wealth Inequality and the Race for the White House||Democrat Bernie Sanders wants to raise taxes, even if they punish the rich. Donald Trump is rich ? but he still has the support of Americans worried that the economy has left them behind. We hear how economic inequality is playing a role in the president||1/27/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanCan the EPA Be Trusted with Our Public Health?||Corporations and politicians of both parties accuse the EPA of stifling the economy with excessive regulation. But crises are raising a different question: does the EPA have enough authority and sufficient resources to protect public health and the envir||1/26/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat's the Future for US Diplomacy in Syria?||As the flow of refugees from Syria's civil war continues, peace talks have been delayed again. The Obama Administration is taking heat for not using military action against the Assad regime, which is supported by Russia. We look at the options.||1/25/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFor GOP "Insiders:" Which "Outsider" Is Worse?||The staying power of Donald Trump is posing a threat to the Establishment of the Republican Party. So is the campaign of rightwing Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Which of the "outsiders" do the "insiders" hate most? or do the "insiders" still matter?||1/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanBiden's "Moonshot" Cure to Cancer a Call to Action||Decades after President Richard Nixon declared "war on cancer," 600,000 Americans die from it every year. Vice President Joe Biden is guarding against unrealistic expectations with a "Moon Shot" aimed at doubling the rate of medical progress rather than||1/21/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFlint's Water Crisis and Government Failure||Reports of contamination in Flint Michigan's water supply were ignored or dismissed by local, state and federal officials?long enough to allow the spread of lead poisoning. We hear about cost-cutting, cover-ups and long term consequences for public healt||1/20/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanTime for a Real US-Iran Détente?||Implementation of the nuclear deal and prisoner swaps highlighted a weekend of diplomacy between the US and Iran after 35 years of outspoken hostility. How much longer can the "good feelings" last?||1/19/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanThe Bernie Sanders 'Revolution:' Will Democrats Buy In?||Once again, Hillary Clinton is facing an unexpected challenge in the Iowa caucuses? with less than two weeks to go. We hear how last night's debate with Bernie Sanders might effect the outcome -- in Iowa and other states as a long primary process finally||1/18/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanPrimaries: A Lesson in Democracy?||Teddy Roosevelt tried to use primary elections to get back into the White House in 1912. But primaries didn't become the way both parties nominate their candidates until 1972. With just a few days until the state-by-state process begins again, does it re||1/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanA Culture Clash Threatens European Unity||Open borders in Europe are closing again after reports that migrant men from the Middle East and North Africa sexually abused women on the streets of Cologne and other cities. We look at the consequences for innocent refugees and European unity.||1/14/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanObama's Last State of the Union||In a relentlessly positive speech last night, President Obama contradicted his Republican critics ? but he also took note of widespread fear and uncertainty. We hear more about the State of the Union address and the campaign to elect the next president.||1/13/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanEl Chapo at the Crossroads of Crime and Entertainment||Now that Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán has been captured again, Mexican authorities are talking of extradition to the United States before he escapes again. We hear about the likelihood ? and the possible consequences for Guzmán and the impact on law and||1/12/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanWhat Will President Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy Be?||During his final year in office, President Obama will spend much of his time traveling?to Europe, Asia and South America. Tomorrow night, he'll emphasize foreign policy in his final State of the Union address and we get a preview.||1/11/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanFederal Mistrust in the American West||A wildlife refuge in Southeast Oregon is the scene of the latest dispute over how to manage more than half the American West that's owned by the federal government. We update the armed protest in the context of the history of "sagebrush rebellions."||1/8/2016||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.