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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: Saturday, May 30 2015 08:26 AM

The Ailing Honeybee and the Nation's Food Supply

Friday, May 29 2015 09:00 PM

Where have all the honeybees gone? A sudden spike in the death of honeybees across the nation is alarming beekeepers, farmers and environmentalists, but they can't agree what's causing it. 

Can US Charges Spur Soccer Reform?

Thursday, May 28 2015 08:00 PM

The President of FIFA says this week's corruption charges bring "shame and humiliation" to football. But he's not stepping aside despite calls for a change in leadership. With such deep roots in culture and with billions at stake, can the world's most beautiful game be cleaned up? We look at how the world is reacting to soccer's corruption scandal.

Is the Doctor-less Office the Future of Medicine?

Wednesday, May 27 2015 09:00 PM

Twenty states have passed laws allowing nurse practitioners to perform duties usually reserved for doctors, without a physician's supervision. It's a boon for rural states where doctors are scarce, but MD's argue patient care suffers. It's just one aspect of the new direction medicine is taking towards lowering cost and taking advantage of higher tech alternatives, exemplified by such practices as telemedicine and remote controlled surgery.

Is It the End of the Line for NSA's Spying Program?

Tuesday, May 26 2015 08:00 PM

Key provisions of the nation's post 9/11 surveillance program are set to expire at the end of the month if the Senate doesn't act. Will Congress renew or reform disputed provisions in the Patriot Act, including the NSA's controversial sweeping collection of Americans phone records?

Body-Hacking: The Benefits and Unintended Consequences

Monday, May 25 2015 08:00 PM

Wearable devices are big business ? sold as a way to develop healthier habits. But critics say the urge for self-awareness can make users slaves to technology ? and that sharing intimate personal information can make them vulnerable to exploitation.

Public Radio, Capitalism and Native Advertising

Friday, May 22 2015 08:00 PM

Public radio tells listeners it depends on them, not corporate advertising.  Now Ira Glass, of This America Life, says "public radio is ready for capitalism." Newspapers are running ads that look just like their stories. In the age of podcasting and native advertising, important lines are beginning to blur.

Can America's Infrastructure Get Back on Track?

Thursday, May 21 2015 09:00 PM

America's highways and railroads were once the envy of the rest of the world, but they've become decidedly second rate. Meantime, Congress is deadlocked ? not just over funding the transportation system but what its goals should be.

ISIS and the Fall of Ramadi: Who's to Blame?

Wednesday, May 20 2015 11:00 PM

ISIS, the so-called Islamic State, has seized Ramadi, a major Iraqi City ? creating new challenges for the governments of Iraq and the United States. We hear what it could mean on the ground ? and for America's presidential campaign.

The Biggest Outbreak of Bird Flu in American History

Tuesday, May 19 2015 10:00 PM

America's poultry industry is under assault as never before from bird flu. It's thought to have started with migrating wild geese, but nobody knows why it's spreading. So far, there's no threat to the food supply, but prices could be on the rise and the future is full of uncertainties.

The Pope, the Palestinians and Middle-East Peace

Tuesday, May 19 2015 05:00 AM

Under the leadership of Pope Francis, the Vatican has joined 135 countries in recognizing a Palestinian state.  Will it be more than a boost for Palestinian morale? We hear Israeli reaction and the possible consequences in Europe and elsewhere in the world of diplomacy.

Are the Democrats Suffering an Identity Crisis?

Friday, May 15 2015 11:00 PM

President Obama has attacked union leaders and senators of his own party in unusually personal terms. Even former House speaker Nancy Pelosi says it's harder for Democrats to love each other than it used to be. How deep is the split between centrist pragmatism and progressive ideology? How will it look to voters in next year's primary campaigns?

Shell's Risky Return to the Arctic

Thursday, May 14 2015 08:00 PM

President Obama has advocated alternatives to fossil fuels, but when it comes to US sources of energy, he's also been careful to consider "all of the above." Now he's approved exploratory oil drilling in parts of the Arctic Ocean ? to the outrage of environmentalists concerned about polluting pristine waters and about climate change.

Sugar Daddies, Super PAC's and Winning the White House

Wednesday, May 13 2015 09:00 PM

With campaign spending limits almost a thing of the past, candidates for the White House are lining up billionaires, giving a very few people unprecedented political power. Who are they? Is their influence a threat to democracy?

Obama's Camp David Fumble with Gulf Leaders

Tuesday, May 12 2015 10:00 PM

Israel's not the only American ally worried about a US nuclear deal with Iran. Saudi Arabia and other Arab Gulf States won't be sending their most senior leaders to what was hailed as a historic "summit" with President Obama this week at Camp David.

The Prosecutor's Role in Mass Incarceration

Tuesday, May 12 2015 12:00 AM

America's "crackdown on crime" has led to mass incarceration ? with black Americans imprisoned out of proportion to their place in the population. We talk to the DA in Milwaukee and others about racial inequality and the role of prosecutors in the "crackdown on crime."

Legal Highs with Lethal Consequences

Friday, May 08 2015 09:00 PM

They?re called Legal Highs, drugs that mimic illegal substances like marijuana and cocaine, but are just chemically different enough to pass through customs on their way from labs in China and India. Now they?re causing a rash of overdoses in cities across the country. Are legalization and regulation the answer? 

Clinton Foundation Scandal: Smear Campaign or Selling Access?

Thursday, May 07 2015 11:00 PM

As Hillary Clinton campaigns for the White House, attacks on the Clinton Family Foundation are simmering in the media. Is a real scandal about to emerge or is it what Hillary calls the "right wing conspiracy" all over again?

Will the Unions Support Meaningful Police Reform?

Wednesday, May 06 2015 08:00 PM

Deadly incidents involving police have sparked major protests in several American cities. Local police unions may no longer be able to resist reforms. Is civilian oversight the answer? What should it look like?

The Changing Landscape on the Wage Debate

Tuesday, May 05 2015 08:00 PM

Income inequality has been economic reality in America for decades.  Now it's a political hot potato.  As Democrats push for an increase in the minimum wage, can Hillary Clinton match the claims of Republican rivals to be "just like ordinary Americans?"

Big Food Targets the Socially Conscious

Monday, May 04 2015 08:00 PM

Chipotle is making its burritos GMO-free, but some scientists are not impressed. As Big Food goes greener will it cater to consumers' health perceptions at the expense of science, and what effects will it have on the nation's food supply chain.

Homicide Charges in Baltimore

Friday, May 01 2015 11:00 PM

The Maryland State Attorney for Baltimore today charged six police officers with crimes ranging from assault to second degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray. Demonstrators in Baltimore are cheering that quick action. We look at what's next in the legal case and whether it will buoy the nationwide protest movement against police violence. 

Pope Francis Goes Green, but Will the Flock Follow?

Thursday, April 30 2015 10:00 PM

The Vatican is weighing in on the fight against global climate change -- with Pope Francis at the lead -- how will the world's billion plus Catholics react? Could it tip the scales of the environmental movement to curb greenhouse emissions?  

Obama Calls for "Soul Searching" in Baltimore

Wednesday, April 29 2015 08:00 PM

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says Baltimore has "turned a corner" since recent violence, but the streets are still full of protesters against police abuse, racism and economic inequality.

Same-Sex Marriage: Who Should Decide?

Tuesday, April 28 2015 09:00 PM

As the US Supreme Court considers same-sex marriage, Justice Anthony Kennedy is considered the "swing vote." Today, he was the first to ask if the court should wait to assess the impact of sudden change on an age-old institution.  We'll hear about a court session with historic implications.

How Much Surveillance Will Americans Tolerate?

Monday, April 27 2015 10:00 PM

Two years, ago revelations about National Security surveillance of Americans created a national uproar. Now the authority to collect bulk telephone records is about to expire. Congress is divided between concern for national security and civil liberties. Are most Americans really concerned about their possible loss of privacy?