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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: Thursday, November 27 2014 05:06 PM

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

Year Two for Obamacare: Is There Trouble Ahead?

Friday, November 14 2014 08:00 PM

More than seven million Americans have health insurance because of Obamacare.  Another chance to enroll starts tomorrow.  But another round of attacks on the Affordable Care Act is already well underway.  We hear about new requirements and about politica

President Obama Urges the FCC to Enforce Net Neutrality

Thursday, November 13 2014 09:00 PM

The message from some 80 percent of Americans to the Federal Communications Commission is essentially, ?don?t mess with the Internet.? President Obama is also on board. But major interests say ?net neutrality? may not be all it?s cracked up to be.

Vets, Jobs and the Stigma of Service

Tuesday, November 11 2014 09:00 PM

Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at how the stereotype of the wounded warrior might be keeping vets from finding meaningful work in civilian life.

Will the GOP Agree to a Truce with Climate Change?

Monday, November 10 2014 08:00 PM

Republican majorities will try to reverse the President?s war on greenhouse emissions- and increase domestic production of fossil fuels.How will the President and other Democrats respond?

Pulling Weed into the Mainstream

Friday, November 07 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?

Putin Turns Up the Heat in a New Cold War

Thursday, November 06 2014 09:00 PM

President Obama?s ?re-set? with Russia is a thing of the past, as Vladimir Putin continues to pose new challenges. We hear about NATO, economic sanctions, the price of oil ? and financial corruption.

A "Wave" Election or Midterms as Usual

Wednesday, November 05 2014 08:00 PM

Democrat Barack Obama is now officially a lame-duck president, with the Senate controlled by Republicans and the House with its biggest GOP majority since 1950.  How did they do it, and what?s next in the halls of Congress and in the White House?

News Media, Social Networks and Political Opinion Bubbles

Tuesday, November 04 2014 09:00 PM

Americans have access to more news sources than ever before, but they read, watch or listen most to the ones they trust. Liberals and conservatives make very different choices ? reinforced by the influence of social media.

Will the Campaigning Never End?

Monday, November 03 2014 08:00 PM

Despite expectations, Obamacare, immigration reform and global warming have not been in the forefront of this year?s mid-Term election campaigns ? but Republicans and Democrats are girding for battles to come.  We look at the prospects for the next Congr

Does America Need a New Model for Disaster Relief?

Friday, October 31 2014 09:00 PM

The Red Cross -- America?s primary disaster relief agency -- is on the defensive after reports that it?s more concerned about public relations than public assistance.  Is it hiding the truth or is it the victim of sensational journalism?  Is it prepared

When Will the Sun Be the Motor of the World?

Thursday, October 30 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.

Quarantine Nation

Wednesday, October 29 2014 08:00 PM

Amid reports of mass casualties in West Africa from Ebola, the death of a patient in Dallas caused widespread alarm in the US.  Since then, all seven other infected patients in this country have recovered.  But the President and several state governors d

The Most Expensive Mid-Terms

Tuesday, October 28 2014 08:00 PM

There?s so much ?outside? money in this year?s mid-term elections that, in some races, the candidates don?t really control their own campaigns any more. We hear about unlimited contributions, corporate spending and secret money.

When a Hospital Is a Dangerous Place to Be

Monday, October 27 2014 08:00 PM

When two nurses in a Dallas hospital contracted Ebola, it was a wakeup call for an ongoing problem. One out of every 25 patients admitted to hospitals in the United States every year picks up a deadly homegrown infection ? because of the failure to follo

Re-scheduling Motherhood

Friday, October 24 2014 09:00 PM

There?s nothing new about women who want to have children delaying pregnancy until they?re actually ready. Now it?s easier than ever to beat the biological clock by freezing a woman?s eggs while they?re still viable, so she can have her kids later on.

Big Oil, Big Trouble

Thursday, October 23 2014 08:00 PM

New drilling techniques have made the US an oil exporter again: good for the economy; bad for the environment?and a nightmare for local culture. The sleepy town of Williston, North Dakota is one overcrowded boomtown with skyrocketing rents and new levels

The Republicans Are Ready to Win... Are They Ready to Govern?

Wednesday, October 22 2014 08:00 PM

Savvy prognosticators agree: the Republicans are favored to take back the US Senate in next month?s elections. But the GOP is divided?both between and within the houses of Congress?which creates uncertainty over what?s next. Can the Republicans seize the