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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.
Latest Stories from To The Point
Last updated: Wednesday, September 02 2015 05:08 AM
Tuesday, September 01 2015 08:00 PM
China's stocks tumbled once again today, after bad news from the manufacturing sector. Is the world's second largest economy in a free fall? Can Beijing rebuild confidence while cracking down on dissent?
Monday, August 31 2015 09:00 PM
Record numbers of migrants and refugees are fleeing wartorn and impoverished countries for Europe, sometimes losing their lives in the process. Can the European Union agree on a unified immigration strategy and maintain its open border policy while also cracking down on human trafficking?
Friday, August 28 2015 08:00 PM
Stories of outrageous behavior by doctors in operating rooms have the medical profession in an uproar. They were reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is accused of creating mistrust among patients. We hear about the stories and why they were published.
Thursday, August 27 2015 08:00 PM
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left under water 10 years ago ? one of the worst disasters in American history. Today, it's celebrating a historic recovery ? but not for everybody.
Wednesday, August 26 2015 09:00 PM
Controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email account while she was Secretary of State is not going away?despite her claim that she's been caught in a turf war between intelligence agencies. As the FBI continues its investigation, we look at the impact on her race for the White House.
Tuesday, August 25 2015 08:00 PM
The US and Russia have not gone back to the Cold War yet. But, after years of fighting in the Middle East, America's military establishment is gearing up to counter a greater threat to American security: "hybrid warfare" used by Vladimir Putin in Eastern Ukraine.
Monday, August 24 2015 09:00 PM
Even for officers who haven't been caught on camera, cell-phone videos have made it harder to be a police officer in the United States. We hear what intensified scrutiny means to the cop on the beat. Will it lead to reform, including accountability?
Friday, August 21 2015 09:00 PM
It's too early to call it a crisis, but it may be just a matter of time before an unmanned drone collides with a commercial airliner. Already, drones have interfered with aerial firefighters and injured people on city streets. Drone technology has many benefits, and it's growing fast. Is it time for regulation before it gets out of control?
Thursday, August 20 2015 08:00 PM
The 17 Republican candidates for president are almost unanimous when it comes to foreign affairs. Almost all are getting their ideas from one group of advisors, called the John Hay Initiative.
Wednesday, August 19 2015 09:00 PM
Public school districts that handed out pink slips during the Great Recession are now struggling with a shortage of classroom teachers?despite the Recovery. The number of college students enrolled to be trained for teaching dropped by 30% between 2010 and 2014. What?s in store for what?s often called America?s most important profession?
Tuesday, August 18 2015 08:00 PM
College students around the country are demanding protection from words, ideas and unintentional actions that can marginalize and discriminate. Critics warn of a threat to critical thinking?the purpose and the benefit of higher education.
Monday, August 17 2015 08:00 PM
Donald Trump is getting the headlines and Bernie Sanders is drawing the crowds in the Republican and Democratic nomination campaigns. They may be political ?outsiders? in different ways, but their populist messages are shaping the dialogue so far for the Democrats as well as the GOP. Will the fire burn out before voters go to the polls?
Friday, August 14 2015 08:00 PM
From Chinese factories to America's white-collar middle class, robots may soon be replacing more and more people. We look at what the future might hold as machines get smarter than we are.
Thursday, August 13 2015 09:00 PM
After a year of high-profile killings, the time is ripe for police reform, and departments around the country are in search of a model. We hear about racial profiling, "broken windows" and "community policing."
Wednesday, August 12 2015 09:00 PM
Greece, France, Italy and Germany are all trying to accommodate an increased flow of refugees fro Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and other countries. We focus on England as a microcosm of the migration crisis facing the European Union.
Tuesday, August 11 2015 09:00 PM
America's crackdown on crime is giving way to concern about the high-cost of mass incarceration. President Obama wants to give Pell Grants for college to inmates in prison ? to find out if higher education makes them less likely to commit new crimes. Researchers say he already knows the answer.
Tuesday, August 11 2015 01:00 AM
The US has agreed to train and equip "moderate" Syrians in the fight against ISIS. But it's demanding that trainees agree not to make war on the oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. Is that policy doomed to failure?
Friday, August 07 2015 10:00 PM
Nine other candidates were the supporting cast last night as Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential candidates first confrontation on prime-time TV. We hear they tried to challenge him for the lead.
Thursday, August 06 2015 10:00 PM
Conservatives and liberals may never agree about the details of American history, but there's only one College Board. Now conservatives have forced a change in advanced placement standards for high school students. Has a "balance" finally been achieved?
Wednesday, August 05 2015 10:00 PM
Palestinian terrorists are not the only threat to Israeli security. Jewish terrorists also pose serious risks to national unity and stability. Recent atrocities have increased fear that the government may be powerless against right-wing extremism.
Tuesday, August 04 2015 10:00 PM
Rising tides already threaten major cities and military bases around the country. Now it's predicted that sea levels will increase ten times faster than estimated before. Are public officials playing down the danger? Is there any way to prepare?
Monday, August 03 2015 09:00 PM
In the 70 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the "ultimate weapon" has not been used again. But nine nations now have them, and the US and Russia are "modernizing" their massive arsenals. Is "mutually assured destruction" making us safer or more at risk?
Friday, July 31 2015 08:00 PM
Eliminating trans fats from processed foods will remove a cause of heart disease. But replacing trans fats with palm oil may lead to other destructive consequences, including human rights abuses and climate change.
Thursday, July 30 2015 09:00 PM
Are "immigration detention centers" a good means of deterring illegal immigration?or "gilded cages" for women and children? We hear what a judge's order could mean for people fleeing violence in Central America ? and for immigration reform.
Wednesday, July 29 2015 09:00 PM
The annual cost of cancer drugs has soared to twice the average American income. Oncologists around the country are calling for new regulations to ease the financial burden on patients facing bankruptcy as well as life-threatening diseases.