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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, February 28 2015 11:43 PM

FCC Hands Down Historic Ruling for 'Net Neutrality'

Friday, February 27 2015 08:00 PM

A ruling yesterday by the FCC  means that cable companies and telecoms cannot discriminate between content providers?delivering some at faster speeds -- and higher prices -- than others. We hear about winners, losers?and more battles to come over "net ne

Will Hillary Clinton's Money Complicate Her Presidential Ambitions?

Thursday, February 26 2015 09:00 PM

Hillary Clinton hasn't declared her candidacy for President, but the campaign against her is already taking shape. Is she the right person to raise issues of economic inequality and gender discrimination? What about conflicts of interest between the Clin

Playing Politics with Homeland Security

Wednesday, February 25 2015 08:00 PM

It's already down to the wire for the Department of Homeland Security. Republicans are divided over a partial shutdown, and Democrats are refusing to allow a challenge to the President's actions on immigration.

America's Diet...and the Environment?

Tuesday, February 24 2015 09:00 PM

A federal committee on dietary guidelines reports that 65% of American women are overweight or obese along with 70% of men. Its findings on how we got that way ? and what should be done ? have surprised most nutritional experts and outraged parts of the

Corporations Make a Move on Minimum Wage

Monday, February 23 2015 08:00 PM

Walmart is increasing wages for its lowest paid workers, But $10 an hour is hardly enough to support a family. We hear about pressure for raises at other big companies as some cities and states increase their minimum wages.

Is ISIS Religious? Does It Matter?

Friday, February 20 2015 08:00 PM

President Obama has refused to grant the so-called "Islamic State" its claim to be based on the Muslim religion. That has set off a semantic debate with potential consequences for the war on terror.

Libya's Power Vacuum Draws ISIS Closer to Europe

Thursday, February 19 2015 09:00 PM

Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya has descended into chaos?with two rival governments vying for control. Now a faction of the Islamic State has moved into the vacuum of power. Would another international intervention make things better or worse?

Shuttle Diplomacy and "Merkel Mania"

Wednesday, February 18 2015 09:00 PM

Even political enemies are giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel's shuttle diplomacy rave reviews. Will her visits to seven capital cities on two continents in eight days help keep Greece in the Eurozone or lead to peace in Ukraine?

Mistrust Between the US and Israel

Tuesday, February 17 2015 09:00 PM

By agreeing to address Congress without telling the White House, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is accused of thumbing his nose at President Obama. Now the Administration says Netanyahu may have leaked "misleading" details of nuclear talks with Iran.

How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail?

Monday, February 16 2015 09:00 PM

A record 125 prisoners were released last year in Texas, New York and other states after serving long terms for crimes they did not commit. The public-radio podcast Serial focused attention on cases being re-investigated because of possible wrongful conv

Rants, Punchlines and Trust in the Media

Friday, February 13 2015 10:00 PM

The satire of Comedy Central?s Jon Stewart has influenced political news and commentary since before the days of Bush versus Gore, but he won?t be around for next year?s target-rich presidential campaign. He announced this week that he?s leaving after 16

Granting Permission to Go to War

Thursday, February 12 2015 09:00 PM

The President has asked Congress to authorize military action against the so-called "Islamic State." Republicans say he's imposing too many limits. Democrats say there aren't enough.

Oil, Gas and Wind on America's Atlantic Coastline

Wednesday, February 11 2015 08:00 PM

The Obama Administration is granting leases for offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic ? while making other parts of the ocean available for developing wind farms. The President's calling for "all of the above," but advocates insist on important differenc

Healthcare: An Easy Target in Cyber Warfare

Tuesday, February 10 2015 11:00 PM

More and more doctors and hospitals are digitizing medical records ? making massive amounts of personal data more vulnerable to hackers. The latest target: Anthem insurance, with 80 million customer records. Are companies getting the protection they need

Obamacare's Shaky Future

Monday, February 09 2015 10:00 PM

Last week, for the 56th time, House Republicans voted to repeal Obamacare ? knowing it would be likely to fail in the Senate. But the US Supreme Court is about to take up a case that could do part of it for them, depriving millions of newly subsidized he

The Comeback of Psychedelics in Psychiatry

Friday, February 06 2015 09:00 PM

Psychedelic drugs declared illegal at the end of the 1960's are now turning out to have medical benefits after all. We hear about the results of recent studies and the controversy over continued research with LSD, Ecstasy and magic mushrooms.

The FCC Proposes New Rules for the Internet

Thursday, February 05 2015 10:00 PM

As the Internet becomes more and more vital to modern life, the battle over so-called "net neutrality" is heating up more than ever in Washington. Will new regulations guarantee "fast, fair and open" access, or get in the way of investment in new technol

Is There a Proxy War in Ukraine?

Wednesday, February 04 2015 09:00 PM

With civilian casualties mounting from indiscriminant shelling, UN officials today condemned both the Ukrainian army and separatists backed by Russia. High-level former officials want the Obama Administration to change course and equip Ukraine with sophi

Are States Losing Common Ground on Common Core?

Tuesday, February 03 2015 09:00 PM

Common Core was invented by 45 state governors to raise educational standards for math and reading while maintaining local control. But, when Washington stepped in with monetary incentives, red-state conservatives saw federal control and denounced Common

Can Intervention Prevent Homegrown Terror?

Monday, February 02 2015 09:00 PM

A federal judge is taking a big chance with an 18-year old Somali American, accused of trying to join ISIS in Syria. Instead of waiting in jail for trial as a terrorist conspirator, he may be sent to a halfway house to be counseled about re-connecting wi

License Plates, Law Enforcement and Violations of Privacy

Friday, January 30 2015 11:00 PM

Have you been to a marijuana dispensary? How about a gun show, an abortion clinic?or the home of somebody you?re not married to? Federal, state and local police may well have a visual record?picked up during blanket surveillance of automobile license pla

How Many Innocent Americans Are Sitting in Jail?

Thursday, January 29 2015 09:00 PM

Local district attorneys get re-elected for putting people in jail. Now some prosecutors are part of a movement to get some inmates out. It?s not just new evidence or witnesses changing their stories?it?s also the pressure on innocent people to plead gui

The GOP's New Battleground: Lower and Middle Income America

Wednesday, January 28 2015 09:00 PM

In his State of the Union message, the President bragged about record economic growth and said, "middle class economics works." But average American incomes haven't gone up significantly since 1973 ? and Republican politicians have noticed. Will they try

Will Yemen's Disorder Stop Obama's War on Terror

Tuesday, January 27 2015 09:00 PM

ISIS may be a looming danger in the Middle East, but US intelligence officials say the greater threat to US security is al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula ? located in Yemen.  Now that the government there has collapsed, are the President's drone strikes

The Growing Political Divide over the Iran Nuclear Deal

Monday, January 26 2015 10:00 PM

Negotiations over Iran?s nuclear program involve seven nations, with domestic politics in Iran and the US inevitably driving the agenda.  Now Israel has been added to the equation ? in the middle of an election campaign.  What are the prospects for reach