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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, January 30 2015 04:50 AM

How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail?

Thursday, January 29 2015 09:00 PM

Local district attorneys get re-elected for putting people in jail. Now some prosecutors are part of a movement to get some inmates out. It?s not just new evidence or witnesses changing their stories?it?s also the pressure on innocent people to plead gui

The GOP's New Battleground: Lower and Middle Income America

Wednesday, January 28 2015 09:00 PM

In his State of the Union message, the President bragged about record economic growth and said, "middle class economics works." But average American incomes haven't gone up significantly since 1973 ? and Republican politicians have noticed. Will they try

Will Yemen's Disorder Stop Obama's War on Terror

Tuesday, January 27 2015 09:00 PM

ISIS may be a looming danger in the Middle East, but US intelligence officials say the greater threat to US security is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ? located in Yemen.  Now that the government there has collapsed, are the President's drone strikes

The Growing Political Divide over the Iran Nuclear Deal

Monday, January 26 2015 10:00 PM

Negotiations over Iran?s nuclear program involve seven nations, with domestic politics in Iran and the US inevitably driving the agenda.  Now Israel has been added to the equation ? in the middle of an election campaign.  What are the prospects for reach

Measles Makes a Comeback

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:00 AM

Fifteen years after measles was declared eradicated in the United States, more than 70 people have come down with the disease ? an outbreak that started at Disneyland. It's not enough cases to be a real epidemic. But public health officials are warning t

GOP-Led House Sets Stage for a Wave of New Abortion Restrictions

Thursday, January 22 2015 09:00 PM

Republican dominance on Capitol Hill has been welcomed by the right-to-life movement. But today, a dispute between moderates and conservatives led House leaders to pull a bill restricting late-term abortions. What's the message about majority party leade

State of the Union Address

Wednesday, January 21 2015 08:00 PM

Speaking last night to a Congress controlled by Republicans, President Obama sounded to some as if the Democrats won last November?s elections. He proposed legislation and issued veto threats. Can he dominate the agenda for the next two years?

Obama's Big Push to Depopulate Guantánamo Bay

Tuesday, January 20 2015 10:00 PM

Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay have been held for years without any charges; half the remaining inmates have been cleared for release; military prosecutors have resigned in frustration. But, after six years in office, America's Commander in Chief has not be

Blacks, Whites and Access to Justice

Monday, January 19 2015 09:00 PM

The mass of conflicting evidence released by prosecutors fed heated arguments about how and why Officer Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown last August in Ferguson, Missouri. That has sparked a broader debate about equal access to justice for black Americ

Will Expanding the Housing Market Lead to Another Bubble?

Friday, January 16 2015 09:00 PM

America's top mortgage salesman says it's finally time for millennials to buy new homes. But his own daughter's not buying it. Their family argument illustrates what's good about President Obama's planned boost for the housing market and what's not.

GOP Off to a Rocky Start

Thursday, January 15 2015 08:00 PM

Yesterday, conservative House Republicans denounced the President for being too lenient with undocumented immigrants. Today, moderate members attacked him for too many deportations. Can the GOP get its act together in time to show unity during next year'

Horrors in Yemen and Nigeria Clouded by the Media's Paris Coverage

Wednesday, January 14 2015 08:00 PM

Al Qaeda in Yemen now claims it ordered the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Should the western media be paying more attention to atrocities in that country ? and to Nigeria, where civilians are being slaughtered by the thousands?

Charter Schools: Public Money and Private Profit

Tuesday, January 13 2015 08:00 PM

Charter schools may or not save public education, but they can be good for business. Even some non-profits are making money for education-management firms.

Solidarity and Fear in France

Monday, January 12 2015 09:00 PM

Last week in Paris, 17 people were killed in terrorist attacks on a satirical magazine and a kosher grocery story.  Yesterday, some three million angry people took to the streets all over the country.  Despite that show of national unity, can France cont

Terrorism in France: The Ordeal Continues

Friday, January 09 2015 08:00 PM

French authorities are unraveling the details of two hostage situations, one of which led to the deaths of both suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre. In the other, an alleged confederate also was killed.  Some neighborhoods in Paris are locked down and

French Manhunt Underway for the Charlie Hebdo Killers

Thursday, January 08 2015 09:00 PM

As the manhunt for suspected killers continues, France is assessing the consequences of yesterday's slaughter of satirical writers and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo.

Will Pope Francis Reform the Vatican?

Wednesday, January 07 2015 08:00 PM

Pope Francis continues to shake up the Vatican ? and the rest of the Roman Catholic world. We hear how the Pope from Argentina is shifting church power from Europe and the US to poor nations in the under-developed world.

The Grand Old Party Takes Charge on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, January 06 2015 08:00 PM

Even before Republicans chose their new leaders today, President Obama invited them to the White House on Tuesday of next week.  Will GOP control of both houses mean a new era of friendship or two more years of paralysis and gridlock?

President Obama's 'Fourth Quarter'

Monday, January 05 2015 09:00 PM

With just two years left in the White House, President Obama is promising "interesting stuff," despite Republican dominance of Capitol Hill.  Prospects include compromise when it's possible, the veto power and "executive action" when it's not.

Backlash in Blue

Friday, January 02 2015 08:00 PM

After months of protest over high profile deaths of African Americans at the hands of police, law enforcement is pushing back with pro-police rallies across the country and a social media campaign -- BlueLivesMatter. We look at the blue backlash and wher

The "Teaching Wars" in America's Public Schools

Thursday, January 01 2015 09:00 PM

No institution is more important to the US economy -- or America's role in the world -- than public education. But no profession is more of a battlefield than public school teaching. Are teachers getting a bad rap?

The Coming Age of Solar Power

Wednesday, December 31 2014 08:00 PM

Sunlight is free, and solar-power will soon be cheaper than oil, coal or natural gas ? even in the United States.  We hear what that could mean for current energy industries, public utilities, government regulators and the homeowners of America.

The Rising Cost of Childcare and Supporting Working Families

Tuesday, December 30 2014 08:00 PM

As childcare costs overwhelm young families, more women are staying home, and families are losing financial ground. Has the time come for federally funded daycare? Should employers step up with paid leave, flexible work hours, on-site preschool?

Is the Bacteria in Our Gut the Key to Our Health?

Monday, December 29 2014 09:00 PM

We explore the microbiome, the bacteria that could save our lives.

The Downside of Data Mining

Friday, December 26 2014 09:00 PM

Whatever you do on line ? from filling out forms to making innocent requests for information ? is subject to data mining.  That can lead to unflattering profiles or put you on lists that can be damaging ? even though the data is often wrong. We hear call