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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: Wednesday, July 23 2014 05:11 PM

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?

Older Workers... Need Not Apply?

Thursday, June 26 2014 07:00 PM

This week lawmakers in Washington introduced a new bill to renew the long term unemployment benefits for the more than 3 million Americans still struggling to find work. But the harsh fact is that certain segments of the labor force are out of the game fo

High Tech at the High Court

Wednesday, June 25 2014 08:00 PM

Today the Supreme Court decided how old rules apply to new digital devices, making it harder to legally stream TV on your smartphone but easier to keep your phone private.

Chronicling How America is Being Changed by Immigration

Tuesday, June 24 2014 08:00 PM

The Obama administration is confronting what it says is a growing humanitarian crisis on the nation?s southern border as thousands of unaccompanied children, many who are fleeing violence and poverty in Central America, are now entering the U.S. illegall

The US in Iraq: Strategic Aid or Political Gesture?

Monday, June 23 2014 08:00 PM

In Baghdad today, US Secretary of State of John Kerry met face to face with the embattled Iraqi Prime Minister who agreed to form a new more inclusive government starting next week.

In the World of Sports: What's in a Name?

Friday, June 20 2014 08:00 PM

The name ?Redskins? for the NFL franchise in Washington, DC is ?disparaging? to Native Americans everywhere. Is it all about sensitivity to historical wrongs, or political correctness out of control?

Government Secrecy and the People's Right to Know

Thursday, June 19 2014 07:00 PM

Barack Obama promised a ?transparent? government, but President Obama has cracked down on whistleblowers ? in the name of national security.

Will a Ruling on Teacher Tenure Help Your School Kids?

Wednesday, June 18 2014 11:00 PM

A California judge has ruled that tenure and seniority laws protect bad teachers at the expense of poor and minority children. Would less legal protection bring those kids better teachers?