To the Point
By KCRW, Warren Olney
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A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.
||CleanDoes universal health care have a future?||Despite controlling the White House and Congress, Republicans have failed to repeal Obamacare. But they are chipping away. Some Democrats advocate universal coverage. So, what’s in store for this year’s midterm elections? Has eithe||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump’s family ties||The Trump White House is rife with apparent conflicts of interest. Only Congress or Special Counsel Robert Mueller can determine whether they’re real. What’s at stake for America’s national interest when foreign governments are t||3/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanParkland students take the lead on gun control||Young people around the country are all fired up after the Parkland shooting. Veteran observers say they’re changing the atmosphere of debate about gun control. How realistic are their expectations about one of America’s most contr||3/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConservatives booed at CPAC||Conservative columnist and political analyst Mona Charen was ready to fight at CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference. Now she says she was “glad to be booed.” On a special To the Point podcast, we’ll hear how her ap||2/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRonen Bergman on Israel’s targeted assassinations||Israeli intelligence agents now admit Palestinian leaders have been officially targeted for assassination--2700 times. Author Ronen Bergman talks about the unusual assassination tactics and how he recently challenged the Prime Minister||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStanding up for Democracy||US Intelligence agencies are unanimous: Russia is still meddling in US elections. President Trump has called it a “hoax.” Is he at risk of becoming an unindicted co-conspirator?||2/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Winter Games and Korean detente||Americans have a lot to learn about North Korea. The conversation shouldn’t be only about nuclear weapons or handshakes.||2/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRestoring public confidence in our institutions||Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former F||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHas the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived?||Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe shutdown highlights a broken system||“To the Point” goes beyond the current blame game and explains the political calculations behind government shutdowns. You need to know, because the next one may be just weeks away. You’ll get the history of a self-defeating stra||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat being American meant to Martin Luther King||This was the week the nation observed the birthday and celebrated the achievements of Martin Luther King. But, despite what he accomplished, King himself felt unfulfilled up to the time he was murdered. His goals had not been yet been||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJustice for farmworkers||Conditions for agricultural laborers in the US have been described by the UN as “appalling." But tomato workers in Florida have won their freedom from virtual slave labor.||1/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAn abdication from global leadership?||Donald Trump may be withdrawing America from global leadership. But previous presidents have flubbed that role since the end of the Cold War. What will disengagement from the rest of the world mean for the U.S. and its allies in Europe||1/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAre millennials embracing democratic socialism?||Millennials helped Democrats to a major upset in Alabama’s Senate race. Will their growing preference for socialism be a threat to party unity in this year’s Congressional elections? Idealists and realists disagree. Added Attra||1/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is the deep state?||Polls show 48 percent of Americans believe a deep state of bureaucrats is out to sabotage President Trump. But the Deep State is much more than a right-wing conspiracy theory, and it's much older than last year's election.||12/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAfter Alabama, what's next for the GOP?||President Trump and some Republicans were licking their wounds after Democrat Doug Jones' stunning upset in Alabama's race for the US Senate. But others were positively relieved. Conservatives openly disagree about how much character c||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA second nuclear age?||For decades, the United States has faced no plausible nuclear threats but with the rapid advancement of North Korea’s nuclear program along with those of China, India, Pakistan and Iran, does nuclear non-proliferation make sense?||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Putin helped Trump win||In his new book “Collusion” former Moscow bureau-chief for the Guardian, Luke Harding, lays to waste any doubt that the Kremlin aided Donald J. Trump to become President of the United States.||11/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSexual harassment: New rules to address age-old problems?||Is this country finally turning a corner when it comes to sexual harassment?||11/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGun control, then and now||Are there any effective strategies that work to curb gun violence?||11/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFrom broadcast to podcast!||To the Point is a weekly reality check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world.||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Big Tech improves and disrupts our lives||Today, on our final radio broadcast, we look at how new technology has changed everything since we first went on the air in the year 2000. It's Google, the iPhone and much, much more.||11/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFake news, social media and a new news order||From broadcasting to cable news to Facebook, Twitter, websites and bloggers. We hear how technology has changed journalism since this program first went on the air in the year 2000.||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUS elections: How far have we come since Bush v. Gore?||This program began in the year 2000 with coverage of the contested election of President George W. Bush. Changes in the following 17 years were supposed to improve the integrity of the electoral process. Is the "guarantee" that every A||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe American military in the age of endless war||In this last week before To the Point becomes a weekly podcast, and we're looking back at what's changed since our program began. During 16 of our 17 years, the US has been a nation at war. Today, we hear about the "military-industrial||11/7/2017||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.
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.
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.