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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, August 28 2014 06:53 AM

The Islamic State and America's War on Terror

Wednesday, August 27 2014 08:00 PM

The US reportedly is mobilizing a coalition of allies for possible military action in Syria, raising uncomfortable questions. The target is not the Assad dictatorship, which the US opposes, but the extremist Islamic State?Assad?s mortal enemy. Which side

Can the US Hit the Islamic State Where It Really Hurts?

Tuesday, August 26 2014 07:00 PM

President Obama?s looking at airstrikes in Syria to slow the advance of the ultra-extremist Islamic State--a growing threat to America and its interests. But that could help Syria?s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, stay in power, by helping him against

Race in America: the President?s Changing Strategy

Monday, August 25 2014 08:00 PM

A White House delegation attended today?s funeral for Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.  He was the unarmed, young black man killed 2 weeks ago by a white policeman.  Did the President miss an opportunity by not going himself?

Social Media: a Marketing Tool for Extremism

Friday, August 22 2014 11:00 PM

Osama bin Laden used grainy videos and scratchy audiotape to address the world from inside a mountain cave.  The Islamic State has mastered social media to disseminate shocking propaganda, attracting instant attention worldwide.  The video of James Foley

Arrest Records and the Expanding Movement to ?Ban the Box?

Thursday, August 21 2014 08:00 PM

Target, Wal-Mart and Bed, Bath & Beyond are among the companies that no longer ask job applicants if they?ve ever been arrested. We hear why the ?ban the box? movement is spreading across the country.

Is College Still Worth It?

Wednesday, August 20 2014 07:00 PM

Does college pay off? It?s top of mind for parents and students? especially since 2012, when total student debt passed the mind-boggling landmark of one trillion dollars. Is it possible to make college more affordable for more students? We?ll grade new a

Military Tactics on the Streets of America

Tuesday, August 19 2014 08:00 PM

In Ferguson, Missouri, the use of military equipment against peaceful protesters backfired on local police, producing an escalation of violence.

In Ukraine, There Will Be "No Quick Fixes"

Monday, August 18 2014 09:00 PM

After yesterday?s 5-hour meeting with diplomats from Ukraine and Russia, Germany?s Foreign Minister told reporters: ?things can get even worse." Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have won enough ground to make a ceasefire unlikely ? while separatists say new R

Ferguson, Missouri Tries to Get Back on Its Feet

Friday, August 15 2014 11:00 PM

After 5 days of escalating confrontations between protesters and local police, the Missouri Highway Patrol took charge in Ferguson last night. In a welcome change since Saturday?s police shooting of a young, black man, there were ?no road blocks, no tear

The Ebola Epidemic: Disease Control and Medical Ethics

Thursday, August 14 2014 07:00 PM

History?s worst outbreak of the Ebola virus has killed more than 1000 people. Medical officials face an ethical question: who should receive a tiny supply of drugs never tested on human beings, which might do more harm than good? We?ll give an update on

Vladimir Putin and the "Ghost Convoy"

Wednesday, August 13 2014 07:00 PM

Almost 300 Russian Army trucks, painted white, are somewhere on the road between Moscow and the Eastern Ukrainian border. Vladimir Putin calls the convoy humanitarian aid for a crisis the West is ignoring; Ukraine suspects it?s a ?Trojan Horse? to help R

Tax Loopholes and "Corporate Patriotism"

Tuesday, August 12 2014 07:00 PM

US companies complain about higher taxes at home than abroad, and a growing number are fleeing to other countries to save their investors money. President Obama calls that ?unpatriotic,? and he?s threatening executive action.

Islamic State Lures US Military Back to Iraq

Monday, August 11 2014 07:00 PM

Two years after President Obama took the US out of combat in Iraq, he?s authorized airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State. How deeply should the US become re-engaged? Can Iraq remain a unified country?

US Warplanes are Back in Iraq

Friday, August 08 2014 08:00 PM

American planes have dropped food, water and medical supplies to Iraqis fleeing the ultra-fundamentalist Islamic State. There have been US air strikes against some of its forces, but the President still says, ?no boots on the ground.?

Barack Obama's Outreach to Africa

Thursday, August 07 2014 08:00 PM

The first African-American president waited until his second term to hold his first African summit. But this week, he hosted almost 50 African heads of state and American business leaders, hoping the US can catch up in the world?s last great emerging mar

General Motors is Still in the Hotseat, but Sales are Soaring

Wednesday, August 06 2014 07:00 PM

General Motors risked its reputation by instituting a record number of recalls after news of deaths and injuries due to faulty ignition switches.  The company has admitted it failed for years to address safety problems.  So why are sales back to where th

Are Current Conflicts a Prelude to World War III?

Tuesday, August 05 2014 08:00 PM

From Eastern Europe to the Middle East, from Africa to the East China Sea, the world is battered by violence and threatened by instability.  Can the US, the lone ?superpower,? impose order on chaos?  What are the prospects for World War III?

Organized Labor is On the Run?

Monday, August 04 2014 08:00 PM

Wisconsin was the first state to legalize collective bargaining for public employees.  Republican Governor Scott Walker has put an end to that. He survived 3 years of massive political backlash, and last week the State Supreme Court approved laws that ma

Truth, Lies and the Fighting in Gaza

Friday, August 01 2014 08:00 PM

Today?s 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza lasted for about 90 minutes. Once again, professional journalists are caught in the middle, trying to report the claims of Israelis and Palestinians and assess their credibility. But distrust and angry emotion extends to

The Islamic State is Transforming Syria?s Civil War

Thursday, July 31 2014 08:00 PM

The ultra-extremist Islamic State now controls 30% of Syria, refining and selling oil to finance its expanding ?caliphate.? Does Syria's President Assad look like the lesser of two evils? What?s the US doing to arm so-called ?moderate? forces against bot

Ebola Is Spreading: Can It Be Contained?

Wednesday, July 30 2014 08:00 PM

Almost 700 people have died, and more than a thousand have been infected, in the worst epidemic since the Ebola virus was discovered in 1976. We?ll hear about a horrific disease with no cure, and West Africa's widespread fear, not just of Ebola, but also

Central American Children and the Politics of Immigration

Tuesday, July 29 2014 08:00 PM

61,000 unaccompanied kids who have arrived at the Mexican border are upsetting the plans of members of Congress about to go home for the August recess. Before they leave, can House Republicans pass a bill that looks like it deals with the problem? What?s

Prison Reform: The War on Drugs and Public Safety

Monday, July 28 2014 04:00 PM

The US has more people in prison than China, a country that?s 4 times larger. Now, there?s bipartisan support for cutting the sentences of almost half of all current federal prisoners. But some hardliners still maintain that tough sentencing is the reaso

A Thirsty World Faces a Shortage of Water

Friday, July 25 2014 08:00 PM

Twenty years ago, before the alarm about Climate Change, the World Bank warned about upcoming wars ? not over oil, but water. Is water a commercial product, or a basic human right?

Wildfires Scorch the Western US? Who?s to Blame?

Thursday, July 24 2014 08:00 PM

Record-setting wildfires are raging across the West. After 10 days, the largest blaze in Washington State history is still only half contained. Is it time to manage so-called ?wilderness? rather than leaving it free?