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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: Friday, August 01 2014 02:13 PM

The Islamic State is Transforming Syria?s Civil War

Thursday, July 31 2014 08:00 PM

The ultra-extremist Islamic State now controls 30% of Syria, refining and selling oil to finance its expanding ?caliphate.? Does Syria's President Assad look like the lesser of two evils? What?s the US doing to arm so-called ?moderate? forces against bot

Ebola Is Spreading: Can It Be Contained?

Wednesday, July 30 2014 08:00 PM

Almost 700 people have died, and more than a thousand have been infected, in the worst epidemic since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976. We?ll hear about a horrific disease with no cure, and West Africa's widespread fear, not just of Ebola, but also

Central American Children and the Politics of Immigration

Tuesday, July 29 2014 08:00 PM

61,000 unaccompanied kids who have arrived at the Mexican border are upsetting the plans of members of Congress about to go home for the August recess. Before they leave, can House Republicans pass a bill that looks like it deals with the problem? What?s

Prison Reform: The War on Drugs and Public Safety

Monday, July 28 2014 04:00 PM

The US has more people in prison than China, a country that?s 4 times larger. Now, there?s bipartisan support for cutting the sentences of almost half of all current federal prisoners. But some hardliners still maintain that tough sentencing is the reaso

A Thirsty World Faces a Shortage of Water

Friday, July 25 2014 08:00 PM

Twenty years ago, before the alarm about Climate Change, the World Bank warned about upcoming wars ? not over oil, but water. Is water a commercial product, or a basic human right?

Wildfires Scorch the Western US? Who?s to Blame?

Thursday, July 24 2014 08:00 PM

Record-setting wildfires are raging across the West. After 10 days, the largest blaze in Washington State history is still only half contained. Is it time to manage so-called ?wilderness? rather than leaving it free?

Does Diplomacy Have a Chance in the Middle East?

Wednesday, July 23 2014 07:00 PM

Secretary of State Kerry is shuttling around the Middle East in the hope of negotiating a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. We?ll hear about the challenges for international leaders as the war goes on.

Black Boxes, Bodies and the Blame Game

Tuesday, July 22 2014 07:00 PM

Pro-Russian separatists have turned over the black boxes, and the remains of victims have been taken away on refrigerated train cars, but the lack of a smoking gun raises questions for the European Union. How deeply was Russia involved? Is it time for in

Urban Warfare in Gaza City

Monday, July 21 2014 07:00 PM

The carnage continues in Gaza, where some neighborhoods are strewn with the bodies of Palestinians, and a hospital has been shelled. We?ll get a report from the ground and get different perspectives on how long Israel?s ?Operation Protective Edge? might

Did Russia Play a Role in Downing a Commercial Jetliner?

Friday, July 18 2014 07:00 PM

The President said it?s too early to place the blame, but the US is raising tough questions about Russia?s involvement in the Malaysian Boeing 777 shot down yesterday over Eastern Ukraine. We?ll also give an update on Israel?s invasion of Gaza.

Can Iraq Stay Together? The Clock is Ticking...

Friday, July 18 2014 01:00 AM

In the aftermath of the US occupation, Iraq has become a different country?with the prospect of not surviving as a country at all. Is intervention an option in a country torn by internal politics, violent religious extremism and the threat of terrorism?

Is the US Building an "Airplane to Nowhere"?

Wednesday, July 16 2014 08:00 PM

The F-35 fighter-bomber was grounded again this week ? the most expensive weapons system in history is too dangerous to fly. Is the F-35 a high-tech requirement for future warfare, or a pork-barrel project that will be obsolete when it finally gets off t

The World Cup Is Over - What's Next for Brazil?

Tuesday, July 15 2014 07:00 PM

Brazil hosted a month-long festival of great soccer, and global TV ratings went through the roof. Now it has to cope with the aftermath. We?ll look at the impact on Brazil?and on FIFA, soccer?s governing body, where reports of corruption and bribery are

The NSA Gets Personal

Monday, July 14 2014 07:00 PM

The National Security Agency is not spying only on foreigners or just collecting ?metadata.? Is the NSA making the nation safer? Is it abusing its vast resources? What happened to reforms promised after Edward Snowden?s first document dump?

As Shelling Continues, What do Hamas and Israel Have to Gain?

Friday, July 11 2014 07:00 PM

Prime Minister Netanyahu said today that Israel will not scale back attacks on the Gaza Strip until the latest rocket fire comes to an end. We?ll hear what it?s like to be living in Gaza City and whether a full-scale Israeli incursion is likely.

The New Faces of Immigration: 57,000 Central American Children

Thursday, July 10 2014 08:00 PM

America is divided over whether to call them refugees, illegal aliens, or just kids who need protection after risking their lives to come to this country. Should they be given asylum as refugees, or sent back to Central America as soon as possible with t

The Hobby Lobby Case Goes On and On...

Wednesday, July 09 2014 07:00 PM

Since last week?s US Supreme Court decision, angry battles are raging between religious freedom and women?s rights. We?ll hear how it?s playing out in state legislatures, Congress, the fight over Obamacare and the November elections.

Is Eastern Ukraine in for a Bloodbath?

Tuesday, July 08 2014 08:00 PM

Pro-Russian militants driven out of one Eastern Ukrainian city have bombed three bridges leading into another, where they plan a counter-offensive. They?re demanding help against the Ukrainian Army from Russia?s President Putin. The world is asking, why

Will Disputed Election Results Divide Afghanistan?

Monday, July 07 2014 08:00 PM

America?s worst fears may have been realized by preliminary election results released today in Afghanistan. Does the US have the clout to make a difference?

Artificial Intelligence: is the Promise Worth the Peril?

Friday, July 04 2014 09:00 PM

Artificial intelligence might be the death of humanity.  That?s from no less an authority than Stephen Hawking?the world?s best-known physicist. How do Americans feel about science fiction made real? Will developers agree not to go too far before it?s to

A New Boiling Point in the Mideast

Thursday, July 03 2014 08:00 PM

Tensions reached a new high today in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Does the abandonment of a peace process mean more violence ahead? Can the US do anything to relieve the tensions?

Presidential Overreach or the Only Solution to Gridlock?

Wednesday, July 02 2014 08:00 PM

Earlier this week President Obama said that if Congress won?t pass sweeping immigration reform, he?d start doing it himself. It wasn?t the first time that Obama has decided to go it alone.

In Iraq, Disunity on All Fronts

Tuesday, July 01 2014 08:00 PM

The Iraqi Parliament met today to begin selecting a new unity government. Within minutes, enough members walked out that they had to call it quits.

Conservative Victories at the Supreme Court

Monday, June 30 2014 09:00 PM

After some notable 9 to 0 decisions this year, the nation?s highest court closed out its term with two big rulings that were anything but unanimous. Today it was all about a familiar 5 to 4 split -- with a conservative majority.

Are Local Police Becoming More Militant?

Friday, June 27 2014 11:00 PM

Highly armed paramilitary units and SWAT teams are on the rise in American law enforcement. Is one person's militarization another's preparation?