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.
||Will Congress Move Ahead on Highway Funding?||With America's transportation system on the verge of collapse, the Highway Trust Fund is about run out of money. Even if Congress passes a short-term fix, what are the consequences of falling behind for competition in the global economy?||7/28/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Obama in Africa||Barack Obama is the first sitting President to visit East Africa, where opportunities for US investment are threatened by both terrorism and counter-terrorism. We hear about his appearances in Kenya and Ethiopia.||7/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Genome Editing for Animals, Plants and People||A new method for editing DNA is faster, easier and cheaper than ever. It promises breakthroughs in fighting disease and creating drought and fungus resistant crops but also raises the specter of mutant species, designer babies and other sci-fi lik||7/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Secret Recordings Ignite New Abortion Debate||Planned Parenthood is playing defense after two undercover videos appear to show executives discussing the price of fetal tissue leftover from abortions for medical research. The controversy is all about the ethics of medical research, but is the real g||7/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Another Mass Shooting in a Divided Country||The FBI is conducting a massive investigation into last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We hear what's known about the young, Muslim shooter and the potential impact of the incident in southern states that are rapid||7/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Polls Show Trump Surging Ahead, but Are They Accurate?||There are now 16 GOP candidates for president, and the first televised debate will include the top ten in public opinion polls. Donald Trump is currently number one. Does that reflect the real views of Republicans or saturation news coverage and poor p||7/21/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is the UN's Iran Deal Resolution an End Run on Congress?||After today's unanimous support by the UN Security Council, Congress has 60 days to approve or reject the nuclear deal with Iran. Even some Democrats have reservations. We look at the prospects on Capitol Hill and the possible consequences of success or||7/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Political Consequences of El Chapo's Escape||They're celebrating in Sinaloa province, where Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a local hero. But in Mexico City and Washington DC, his prison escape is a nightmare involving government corruption and international traffic in heroin and cocaine.||7/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Criminal Justice Reform and President Obama||In a campaign for justice reform, Barack Obama is plowing new ground for an American president: commuting dozens of sentences for non-violent crimes and visiting inmates in a federal prison. But he's not alone. Conservative Republican Senators agree a sy||7/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Gig Economy and the Changing Nature of Employment||Uber is the most conspicuous company in the "sharing economy" that's turning jobs into gigs that don't have traditional worker protections. Presidential candidates are being challenged to thread their way between venture capitalists, business leaders and||7/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||A Washington Showdown with Global Significance||Negotiators for Iran, the US and five other powers were too tired to celebrate after 17 days of work in Vienna, which included missed deadlines that kept the world waiting.||7/14/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fight against Housing Discrimination Gets a New Lease on Life||In 1968, the Fair Housing Act ended overt racial discrimination, but its promise of also ending segregation has not been fulfilled, and there is still unequal access to schools, parks and upward mobility. We hear what President Obama proposes to do and w||7/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Do You Really Own Your Own Face?||Privacy advocates are warning about the loss of public anonymity from face-recognition technology that?s ubiquitous thanks to Facebook and other software companies. We?ll hear about the risks? as well as the benefits.||7/10/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Have Sex-Offender Registries Gone Too Far?||Some 800,000 registered sex offenders can't live near parks or schools ? or sometimes even in the homes of their own parents. Is it time to re-visit sex-offender registries that cast a wide net and often treat juvenile offenders as if they were adults?||7/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||What Would a Deal with the US Look like to Iranians?||Another missed deadline means more uncertainty for Iranians. Some hope for a nuclear deal that could liberate their economy and lead to domestic reforms. We hear what's at stake inside a politically divided country.||7/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||How the Long Shots Are Changing the Short Game for 2016||Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are just two of the presidential candidates few people expect to see in the White House after next year's election. But they're also just two of the long shots having an impact on this year's campaign. We hear how the race||7/7/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Is a "Grexit" Inevitable?||Yesterday's resounding "no" vote could push Greece out of the Eurozone, but there are signs of conciliation and EU leaders have yet to make any decisions. Was America's largest trading partner prepared for the worst?||7/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||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|
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.