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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: Tuesday, July 07 2015 07:47 PM

How the Long Shots Are Changing the Short Game for 2016

Tuesday, July 07 2015 08:00 PM

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are just two of the presidential candidates few people expect to see in the White House after next year's election. But they're also just two of the long shots having an impact on this year's campaign. We hear how the races are shaping up in both political parties.

Is a "Grexit" Inevitable?

Monday, July 06 2015 09:00 PM

Yesterday's resounding "no" vote could push Greece out of the Eurozone, but there are signs of conciliation and EU leaders have yet to make any decisions. Was America's largest trading partner prepared for the worst?

One Nation under God?but Since When?

Friday, July 03 2015 10:00 PM

American values may be compatible with the Christian Bible, but the Founding Fathers insisted on the separation of Church and State. Yet many Americans believe they live in a historically "Christian Nation." We hear about a long-running campaign to associate religion and politics.

Can Gay Marriage Co-Exist with Religious Freedom?

Thursday, July 02 2015 10:00 PM

Equal rights advocates are now targeting legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment, housing and parenthood. At the same time, religious libertarians say they need protection against new demands created by same-sex marriage.

The Courts, the Law and Obama's Climate Agenda

Wednesday, July 01 2015 08:00 PM

As the world prepares for the next climate change summit in Paris at the end of this year, conflicting court rulings demonstrate conflicting approaches toward the environment and global warming.

Iran Talks Blast through Deadline for a Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, June 30 2015 08:00 PM

Negotiators in Vienna have postponed today's deadline for reaching a deal with Iran until next Tuesday?as each side is beginning to blame the other in case of failure. If there's no agreement on limiting nuclear technology, will economic sanctions be lifted anyway?

Justice Kennedy Leads the Supreme Court towards a Historic Term

Monday, June 29 2015 08:00 PM

Instead of being the predicted yawner, Supreme Court session ending today has produced its share of blockbuster decisions. We look at today's three, final 5-to 4-rulings and what this year's session might reveal about the future.

What's Next for Gay Marriage?

Friday, June 26 2015 09:00 PM

The US Supreme Court was divided today, but the majority made history by ruling that the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to be married. President Obama called it a victory for all Americans.

SCOTUS Saves Obamacare Once Again

Thursday, June 25 2015 08:00 PM

President Obama celebrated a 6-to-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts ? over a blistering dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia. Conservative states will be spared from chaos in the insurance marketplace, but Republicans promise the fight will continue in the presidential campaign.

Church Shooting Stirs Nationwide Debate over the Confederate Flag

Wednesday, June 24 2015 10:00 PM

Last week?s murder of nine black people in their place of sanctuary has confronted America once again with the specter of racism ? past and present.  What about the future?  Can the country move forward when we can?t agree on the past? 

Solitary Confinement Abuses Could Open Door to Wider Prison Reform

Tuesday, June 23 2015 09:00 PM

More than 100 years ago, the US Supreme Court acknowledged the cruelty of solitary confinement. Recently, the suicide of a New York teenager isolated for two years without ever being charged has created an uproar. Why is solitary still used? What are the alternatives?

World's Refugee Population Nears 60 Million

Monday, June 22 2015 08:00 PM

Around the world, more people have been forced from their homes than at any time in history. The number of refugees has doubled in just 10 years -- and 30 million are children. We hear about measures being taken to stem the tide and the consequences if they should fail. 

Will Smart Guns Ever Hit the Marketplace?

Friday, June 19 2015 08:00 PM

Another mass shooting has raised many issues, including the increase in gun violence ? not just from mass shootings, but also from homicides, suicides and accidents. Advocates say "smart gun" technology can make weapons safer. So why isn't it available on the American gun market?

A Massacre in a Place of Solace

Thursday, June 18 2015 09:00 PM

Nine people were shot to death last night during prayer at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina. A young, white suspect has been arrested. He's reported as saying he wanted to kill black people. We hear how the victims are being remembered and get President Obama's reaction.

Obama's Trans-Pacific Trade Deal Quagmire

Wednesday, June 17 2015 08:00 PM

The Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership has been delayed in Congress, while President Obama and Republican leaders try to keep it alive.  We hear about the long-term consequences for Japan, China and a multitude of American interests.

Edging Back into Iraq

Wednesday, June 17 2015 12:00 AM

President Obama has promised to "degrade and eventually destroy" the Islamic State ? without sending combat troops back to Iraq.  Will training Iraqi soldiers be enough?  Is there the political will to do anything more?

Presidential Politics and Family History

Monday, June 15 2015 08:00 PM

For the second time, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making her case to be America's first woman president. We hear how she ? and Republican Jeb Bush ? deal with years of familiarity. 

Will the US Military Lift Its Transgender Ban?

Friday, June 12 2015 09:00 PM

The Pentagon has long prohibited discrimination based on race, religion, color, sex or age. This week, the same protections have been extended to gays and lesbians ? but transgender people are subject to discharge. We hear what it's like to serve when your identity is in question.

Solving America's Student Debt Problem

Thursday, June 11 2015 08:00 PM

The collapse of the for-profit Corinthian Colleges may cost American taxpayers $3.6 billion ? even as declining taxpayer support has driven tuition sky high at public universities. Student debt is more than a trillion dollars, and it's already an issue in next year's presidential campaigns.

Are H-1B Visas Costing American Jobs?

Wednesday, June 10 2015 08:00 PM

Critics say the H-1B Visa program is almost an incentive for American companies to replace their employees with lower-paid foreign workers. We hear how some Americans have been laid off and then required to train their own replacements from other countries.

Historic Parliament Gains Could Transform Turkey's Political Landscape

Tuesday, June 09 2015 08:00 PM

Sunday's parliamentary elections mean big change in Turkey ? good news for Kurds, secularists and other minorities; bad news for President Erdo?an, his drive for personal power and his Islamist political party.  It also means new instability in a region awash in deadly violence.

Hackers Access Information of 4 Million Government Employees

Tuesday, June 09 2015 02:00 AM

Millions of US government personnel records were not as well protected as most Americans' online bank accounts. That's just one embarrassing lesson from a massive hacking attack that probably came from China. What was it for? Is cyber security being improved?

When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control

Friday, June 05 2015 09:00 PM

"Fracking" is used to extract underground oil and gas.  The more it's used, the more controversial it becomes. A new EPA report is being cheered by both environmentalists and the energy industry ? but the battle is far from over.

Documenting Officer-Involved Shootings

Thursday, June 04 2015 08:00 PM

The FBI says police kill about 500 people a year in the United States. Two newspapers report it's at least twice that many. The truth is that nobody knows. Do we need new rules to establish accountability?

Could Desalination Be the Solution to Our Water Woes?

Wednesday, June 03 2015 09:00 PM

Global warming, drought and increased population are combining to increase the pressure on water supplies worldwide.  Is desalination the solution?a stop gap?or technological overkill that's not worth what it costs?