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.
||One Nation under God?but Since When?||American values may be compatible with the Christian Bible, but the Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of Church and State. Yet many Americans believe they live in a historically "Christian Nation." We hear about a long-running campaign to assoc||7/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Can Gay Marriage Co-Exist with Religious Freedom?||Equal rights advocates are now targeting legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment, housing and parenthood. At the same time, religious libertarians say they need protection against new demands created by same-sex marriage.||7/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Courts, the Law and Obama's Climate Agenda||As the world prepares for the next climate change summit in Paris at the end of this year, conflicting court rulings demonstrate conflicting approaches toward the environment and global warming.||7/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Iran Talks Blast through Deadline for a Nuclear Deal||Negotiators in Vienna have postponed today's deadline for reaching a deal with Iran until next Tuesday?as each side is beginning to blame the other in case of failure. If there's no agreement on limiting nuclear technology, will economic sanctions be lif||6/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Justice Kennedy Leads the Supreme Court towards a Historic Term||Instead of being the predicted yawner, Supreme Court session ending today has produced its share of blockbuster decisions. We look at today's three, final 5-to 4-rulings and what this year's session might reveal about the future.||6/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What's Next for Gay Marriage?||The US Supreme Court was divided today, but the majority made history by ruling that the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to be married. President Obama called it a victory for all Americans.||6/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||SCOTUS Saves Obamacare Once Again||President Obama celebrated a 6-to-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts ? over a blistering dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia. Conservative states will be spared from chaos in the insurance marketplace, but Republicans promise the fight will conti||6/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Church Shooting Stirs Nationwide Debate over the Confederate Flag||Last week?s murder of nine black people in their place of sanctuary has confronted America once again with the specter of racism ? past and present. What about the future? Can the country move forward when we can?t agree on the past?||6/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Solitary Confinement Abuses Could Open Door to Wider Prison Reform||More than 100 years ago, the US Supreme Court acknowledged the cruelty of solitary confinement. Recently, the suicide of a New York teenager isolated for two years without ever being charged has created an uproar. Why is solitary still used? What are the||6/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||World's Refugee Population Nears 60 Million||Around the world, more people have been forced from their homes than at any time in history. The number of refugees has doubled in just 10 years -- and 30 million are children. We hear about measures being taken to stem the tide and the consequences if t||6/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will Smart Guns Ever Hit the Marketplace?||Another mass shooting has raised many issues, including the increase in gun violence ? not just from mass shootings, but also from homicides, suicides and accidents. Advocates say "smart gun" technology can make weapons safer. So why isn't it available o||6/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Massacre in a Place of Solace||Nine people were shot to death last night during prayer at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. A young, white suspect has been arrested. He's reported as saying he wanted to kill black people. We hear how the victims are being remember||6/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama's Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Quagmire||The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership has been delayed in Congress, while President Obama and Republican leaders try to keep it alive. We hear about the long-term consequences for Japan, China and a multitude of American interests.||6/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Edging Back into Iraq||President Obama has promised to "degrade and eventually destroy" the Islamic State ? without sending combat troops back to Iraq. Will training Iraqi soldiers be enough? Is there the political will to do anything more?||6/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Presidential Politics and Family History||For the second time, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making her case to be America's first woman president. We hear how she ? and Republican Jeb Bush ? deal with years of familiarity.||6/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will the US Military Lift Its Transgender Ban?||The Pentagon has long prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex or age. This week, the same protections have been extended to gays and lesbians ? but transgender people are subject to discharge. We hear what it's like to serve when yo||6/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Solving America's Student Debt Problem||The collapse of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may cost American taxpayers $3.6 billion ? even as declining taxpayer support has driven tuition sky high at public universities. Student debt is more than a trillion dollars, and it's already an issue i||6/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Are H-1B Visas Costing American Jobs?||Critics say the H-1B Visa program is almost an incentive for American companies to replace their employees with lower-paid foreign workers. We hear how some Americans have been laid off and then required to train their own replacements from other countri||6/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Historic Parliament Gains Could Transform Turkey's Political Landscape||Sunday's parliamentary elections mean big change in Turkey ? good news for Kurds, secularists and other minorities; bad news for President Erdo?an, his drive for personal power and his Islamist political party. It also means new instability in a region||6/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Hackers Access Information of 4 Million Government Employees||Millions of US government personnel records were not as well protected as most Americans' online bank accounts. That's just one embarrassing lesson from a massive hacking attack that probably came from China. What was it for? Is cyber security being impr||6/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control||"Fracking" is used to extract underground oil and gas. The more it's used, the more controversial it becomes. A new EPA report is being cheered by both environmentalists and the energy industry ? but the battle is far from over.||6/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Documenting Officer-Involved Shootings||The FBI says police kill about 500 people a year in the United States. Two newspapers report it's at least twice that many. The truth is that nobody knows. Do we need new rules to establish accountability?||6/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Could Desalination Be the Solution to Our Water Woes?||Global warming, drought and increased population are combining to increase the pressure on water supplies worldwide. Is desalination the solution?a stop gap?or technological overkill that's not worth what it costs?||6/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Bitter Truth on Junk Science||Junk science is making the headlines as never before. It's so bad that the editor-in-chief of one of the world's best-known medical journal says, "half of all scientific literature is fault." Who can we trust?||6/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Will the Affordable Care Act Need Life Support?||An upcoming US Supreme Court decision may shake the foundations of Obamacare. That sounds like what Republicans have been asking for, but there could be a high political price to pay.||6/1/2015||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.