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.
||Is It the End of the Line for NSA's Spying Program?||Key provisions of the nation's post 9/11 surveillance program are set to expire at the end of the month if the Senate doesn't act. Will Congress renew or reform disputed provisions in the Patriot Act, including the NSA's controversial sweeping collection||5/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Body-Hacking: The Benefits and Unintended Consequences||Wearable devices are big business ? sold as a way to develop healthier habits. But critics say the urge for self-awareness can make users slaves to technology ? and that sharing intimate personal information can make them vulnerable to exploitation.||5/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Public Radio, Capitalism and Native Advertising||Public radio tells listeners it depends on them, not corporate advertising. Now Ira Glass, of This America Life, says "public radio is ready for capitalism." Newspapers are running ads that look just like their stories. In the age of podcasting and nat||5/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can America's Infrastructure Get Back on Track?||America's highways and railroads were once the envy of the rest of the world, but they've become decidedly second rate. Meantime, Congress is deadlocked ? not just over funding the transportation system but what its goals should be.||5/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||ISIS and the Fall of Ramadi: Who's to Blame?||ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, has seized Ramadi, a major Iraqi City ? creating new challenges for the governments of Iraq and the United States. We hear what it could mean on the ground ? and for America's presidential campaign.||5/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Biggest Outbreak of Bird Flu in American History||America's poultry industry is under assault as never before from bird flu. It's thought to have started with migrating wild geese, but nobody knows why it's spreading. So far, there's no threat to the food supply, but prices could be on the rise and the||5/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Pope, the Palestinians and Middle-East Peace||Under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Vatican has joined 135 countries in recognizing a Palestinian state. Will it be more than a boost for Palestinian morale? We hear Israeli reaction and the possible consequences in Europe and elsewhere in the wo||5/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are the Democrats Suffering an Identity Crisis?||President Obama has attacked union leaders and senators of his own party in unusually personal terms. Even former House speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's harder for Democrats to love each other than it used to be. How deep is the split between centrist prag||5/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shell's Risky Return to the Arctic||President Obama has advocated alternatives to fossil fuels, but when it comes to US sources of energy, he's also been careful to consider "all of the above." Now he's approved exploratory oil drilling in parts of the Arctic Ocean ? to the outrage of envi||5/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Sugar Daddies, Super PAC's and Winning the White House||With campaign spending limits almost a thing of the past, candidates for the White House are lining up billionaires, giving a very few people unprecedented political power. Who are they? Is their influence a threat to democracy?||5/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama's Camp David Fumble with Gulf Leaders||Israel's not the only American ally worried about a US nuclear deal with Iran. Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States won't be sending their most senior leaders to what was hailed as a historic "summit" with President Obama this week at Camp David.||5/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Prosecutor's Role in Mass Incarceration||America's "crackdown on crime" has led to mass incarceration ? with black Americans imprisoned out of proportion to their place in the population. We talk to the DA in Milwaukee and others about racial inequality and the role of prosecutors in the "crack||5/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Legal Highs with Lethal Consequences||They?re called Legal Highs, drugs that mimic illegal substances like marijuana and cocaine, but are just chemically different enough to pass through customs on their way from labs in China and India. Now they?re causing a rash of overdoses in cities acro||5/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Clinton Foundation Scandal: Smear Campaign or Selling Access?||As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the White House, attacks on the Clinton Family Foundation are simmering in the media. Is a real scandal about to emerge or is it what Hillary calls the "right wing conspiracy" all over again?||5/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will the Unions Support Meaningful Police Reform?||Deadly incidents involving police have sparked major protests in several American cities. Local police unions may no longer be able to resist reforms. Is civilian oversight the answer? What should it look like?||5/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Changing Landscape on the Wage Debate||Income inequality has been economic reality in America for decades. Now it's a political hot potato. As Democrats push for an increase in the minimum wage, can Hillary Clinton match the claims of Republican rivals to be "just like ordinary Americans?||5/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Big Food Targets the Socially Conscious||Chipotle is making its burritos GMO-free, but some scientists are not impressed. As Big Food goes greener will it cater to consumers' health perceptions at the expense of science, and what effects will it have on the nation's food supply chain.||5/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Homicide Charges in Baltimore||The Maryland State Attorney for Baltimore today charged six police officers with crimes ranging from assault to second degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Demonstrators in Baltimore are cheering that quick action. We look at what's next in the le||5/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pope Francis Goes Green, but Will the Flock Follow?||The Vatican is weighing in on the fight against global climate change -- with Pope Francis at the lead -- how will the world's billion plus Catholics react? Could it tip the scales of the environmental movement to curb greenhouse emissions?||4/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama Calls for "Soul Searching" in Baltimore||Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says Baltimore has "turned a corner" since recent violence, but the streets are still full of protesters against police abuse, racism and economic inequality.||4/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Same-Sex Marriage: Who Should Decide?||As the US Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy is considered the "swing vote." Today, he was the first to ask if the court should wait to assess the impact of sudden change on an age-old institution. We'll hear about a cou||4/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How Much Surveillance Will Americans Tolerate?||Two years, ago revelations about National Security surveillance of Americans created a national uproar. Now the authority to collect bulk telephone records is about to expire. Congress is divided between concern for national security and civil liberties.||4/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can European Leaders Curb the Death Toll on the Mediterranean?||Faced with a stream of migrants from Africa and the Middle East, European leaders want to reduce human trafficking and end the spectacle of deadly shipwrecks in the Mediterranean Sea. But controversies over immigration in EU countries make that easier sa||4/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Deadly Mistake... and a Presidential Apology||President Obama revealed today that CIA drones accidentally killed an American and an Italian being held hostage by al Qaeda in Pakistan. It's the first public acknowledgement of its kind, raising new questions about the drone program and US intelligence||4/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Democrats Divided: Trade Deal Pits Obama against His Own Party||Last night, President Obama insisted that he's a champion of the middle class, calling Senator Elizabeth Warren, environmentalists and organized labor flat out ?wrong? for opposing his trade deal with 11 other nations. We hear from defenders of the massi||4/22/2015||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.