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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.

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Last updated: Monday, December 22 2014 01:05 AM

Havana's Hope for a Better Future

Friday, December 19 2014 08:00 PM

President Obama is reversing a US policy established before he was born, beginning to normalize ties with Communist Cuba. We hear what it might ? or might not ? mean in Cuba itself, and in the western hemisphere.

Vladimir Putin: Is it the Economy, Stupid?

Thursday, December 18 2014 09:00 PM

Declining oil prices and economic sanctions because of Ukraine have Russia's economy close to recession.  Vladimir Putin today reassured Russians about the economy and suggested the possible deployment of nuclear weapons in Crimea.

Historic Thaw in US-Cuban Relations and 2016 Presidential Contenders

Wednesday, December 17 2014 09:00 PM

Hillary Clinton is still playing it coy when it comes to another run for the White House.  Jeb Bush has beat her to the punch, becoming the first major player to say he'll ?actively explore? a possible campaign.  We hear early assessments of what's in st

The Sony Hack's Ominous Message to Other Companies

Tuesday, December 16 2014 08:00 PM

The cyber attack on Sony Pictures was so complete and so destructive that one security expert says the company should disconnect from the Internet. Is it the work of North Korea? Who else has the motive? What's the message about the risk to other network

The CIA: Torture, Partisanship - and Accountability

Monday, December 15 2014 09:00 PM

Last week's report on the CIA is hardly the last word on America's harsh interrogation tactics in the aftermath of September 11. Even former CIA agents disagree. And the Obama White House is using the same legal authority to justify drone strikes against

Have Egyptians Made Peace with Military Rule?

Friday, December 12 2014 09:00 PM

Former Egyptian Dictator Hosni Mubarak is out of legal jeopardy. Another military strong man sits as president and the opposition is in jail. In Egypt it looks like the Arab winter has set in.

Reporting on Rape

Thursday, December 11 2014 09:00 PM

A Rolling Stone magazine story about rape on campus led the University of Virginia to suspend fraternities.  Since then, the article has become a sensation as much for what it got wrong as for what it reported.  How should ?sexual misconduct? be defined

The Human Cost of Cheap Produce

Wednesday, December 10 2014 09:00 PM

Fruits and vegetables from Mexico are cheap and plentiful in the United States, but a recent investigation shows Mexican agribusiness treating the produce better than the workers who grow it and bring in the harvest. Are Mexico's labor laws being enforce

Senate Releases Its Report on the CIA Torture Program

Tuesday, December 09 2014 10:00 PM

The Senate Intelligence Committee dropped a much-awaited bombshell today: a massive report accusing the CIA of torture and dishonesty during the War in Iraq. We hear details and reaction.

Fear and Bias in the Criminal Justice System

Monday, December 08 2014 09:00 PM

How often do police officers in American cities use deadly force against black men?  When killings are justified, what?s the official reason?  We look for the answers to those and other questions raised by recent police killings that have sparked widespr

Declining Oil Prices Makes for Winners... and Losers

Saturday, December 06 2014 05:00 PM

Remember when gasoline was sky high? Not any more. The average price for a gallon is now under 3 dollars--and going down. We?ll hear why it?s happening, and what it means for Iran, Russia and the OPEC nations.

No Indictment in Police Officer's Chokehold Death

Thursday, December 04 2014 09:00 PM

Recent deaths of young black men by police have resulted in no indictments or public trials. Will police body cameras help restore confidence in the justice system?

Do Pregnant Women Suffer Workplace Discrimination?

Wednesday, December 03 2014 08:00 PM

Many companies refuse to provide expectant mothers with a place to sit, extra bathroom breaks or water bottles at workstations ? even when there are doctors' orders.  Does that violate the rights of pregnant women in America's work places?  Today, the ca

Lame Duck Congress Tackles Tax Breaks

Tuesday, December 02 2014 09:00 PM

With Republicans running the House and Democrats in charge of the Senate, the current session of Congress is scrambling to take care of unfinished business.  With less than two weeks remaining, can it avoid another government shutdown and save breaks for

America's Longest War Is Going to Continue

Tuesday, December 02 2014 12:00 AM

When ?Operation Enduring Freedom? expires at the end of this month, America?s 13-year-old war in Afghanistan won?t be over. It will get a new name. With violence and political dysfunction on the increase, ?Operation Resolute Support? will keep US troops

Pulling Weed into the Mainstream

Friday, November 28 2014 09:00 PM

With more states approving the use of marijuana, pot has moved from hippie communes to executive boardrooms. As it becomes big business, will Congress consider lifting the total ban under federal law?

Going Gluten-Free: Science or Fiction?

Thursday, November 27 2014 08:00 PM

?Gluten-free? has become a $10 billion industry, but does avoiding gluten really make you healthier? We hear about food fads and new diagnoses.

Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice

Wednesday, November 26 2014 09:00 PM

The mass of conflicting evidence released by prosecutors is feeding heated arguments about how and why Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown last August in Ferguson, Missouri.  But there?s a broader debate about equal access to justice for black Ame

Ferguson Explodes as Police Officer Goes Free

Tuesday, November 25 2014 08:00 PM

Ferguson, Missouri erupted last night after a grand jury held that white Officer Darren Wilson?s killing of black teenager Michael Brown was not a crime.  We look at the process, the mountain of evidence and what the incident could mean for the country.

Politics Aside, Big Hurdles Ahead on Unilateral Immigration Reform

Monday, November 24 2014 08:00 PM

About half the 11 million illegal immigrants living in the US will be eligible to apply for relief after President Obamas executive order. Who are they? Where do they live? Can public and private agencies handle a massive new workload if it materializes?

President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration: Five Million Protected

Friday, November 21 2014 08:00 PM

Republicans claim the President has created a ?constitutional crisis? by exceeding his authority with last night?s executive order to protect five million illegal immigrants from deportation. He says he?s only doing what other presidents have done before

America's Hostage Policy: Is It Time for a Change?

Thursday, November 20 2014 09:00 PM

The Obama Administration says it?s reviewing its policy of refusing to negotiate with terrorist groups for the return of hostages. The hard line is designed to discourage ISIS and others from seizing Americans.  Is it working? Is paying ransom turning so

Keystone Bill Fails in the Senate

Wednesday, November 19 2014 09:00 PM

The Keystone XL Pipeline failed by one vote last night in the Senate, but there?s no doubt it?s alive to fight another day. Transporting Canadian tar sands oil to the Gulf of Mexico is a major issue in fight over climate change. But, so much has changed

Money and Morale in America's Nuclear Program

Tuesday, November 18 2014 08:00 PM

Maintaining America?s aging nuclear arsenal requires a perfect safety record.  One mistake could lead to untold destruction.  Is the cost of restoration worth up to a trillion dollars?

Iran's Nuclear Program: Once Again, It's Down to the Wire

Monday, November 17 2014 08:00 PM

President Obama wants to reduce the threat of Iran building an atomic bomb. Iran?s President Rouhani wants to free his economy from economic sanctions. Is that enough for a permanent deal after a yearlong temporary agreement that ends next Monday? Negoti