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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, September 02 2015 05:08 AM

Slumping Stocks and a Government Crackdown: China at a Crossroads?

Tuesday, September 01 2015 08:00 PM

China's stocks tumbled once again today, after bad news from the manufacturing sector. Is the world's second largest economy in a free fall? Can Beijing rebuild confidence while cracking down on dissent?

Will Europe Close Its Borders to Migrants and Refugees?

Monday, August 31 2015 09:00 PM

Record numbers of migrants and refugees are fleeing war­torn and impoverished countries for Europe, sometimes losing their lives in the process. Can the European Union agree on a unified immigration strategy and maintain its open border policy while also cracking down on human trafficking? 

Trusting Doctors to Teach Tomorrow's Doctors Ethical Behavior

Friday, August 28 2015 08:00 PM

Stories of outrageous behavior by doctors in operating rooms have the medical profession in an uproar. They were reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which is accused of creating mistrust among patients. We hear about the stories and why they were published.

Ten Years after Katrina: A Tale of Two Cities

Thursday, August 27 2015 08:00 PM

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was left under water 10 years ago ? one of the worst disasters in American history. Today, it's celebrating a historic recovery ? but not for everybody.  

Hillary's Email Controversy

Wednesday, August 26 2015 09:00 PM

Controversy over Hillary Clinton's private email account while she was Secretary of State is not going away?despite her claim that she's been caught in a turf war between intelligence agencies. As the FBI continues its investigation, we look at the impact on her race for the White House.

The US, Russia and "Hybrid Warfare"

Tuesday, August 25 2015 08:00 PM

The US and Russia have not gone back to the Cold War yet. But, after years of fighting in the Middle East, America's military establishment is gearing up to counter a greater threat to American security: "hybrid warfare" used by Vladimir Putin in Eastern Ukraine.

The American Cop, One Year after Ferguson

Monday, August 24 2015 09:00 PM

Even for officers who haven't been caught on camera, cell-phone videos have made it harder to be a police officer in the United States. We hear what intensified scrutiny means to the cop on the beat. Will it lead to reform, including accountability?

Pilots Are Now Sharing the Skies with Drones

Friday, August 21 2015 09:00 PM

It's too early to call it a crisis, but it may be just a matter of time before an unmanned drone collides with a commercial airliner. Already, drones have interfered with aerial firefighters and injured people on city streets. Drone technology has many benefits, and it's growing fast. Is it time for regulation before it gets out of control?   

The GOP and Foreign Policy: Long on Rhetoric, Short on Substance?

Thursday, August 20 2015 08:00 PM

The 17 Republican candidates for president are almost unanimous when it comes to foreign affairs. Almost all are getting their ideas from one group of advisors, called the John Hay Initiative.

Where Have All the Teachers Gone?

Wednesday, August 19 2015 09:00 PM

Public school districts that handed out pink slips during the Great Recession are now struggling with a shortage of classroom teachers?despite the Recovery. The number of college students enrolled to be trained for teaching dropped by 30% between 2010 and 2014. What?s in store for what?s often called America?s most important profession?

Is Free Speech in Trouble on Campus?

Tuesday, August 18 2015 08:00 PM

College students around the country are demanding protection from words, ideas and unintentional actions that can marginalize and discriminate.  Critics warn of a threat to critical thinking?the purpose and the benefit of higher education.

Political Outsiders: How Long Will They Last?

Monday, August 17 2015 08:00 PM

Donald Trump is getting the headlines and Bernie Sanders is drawing the crowds in the Republican and Democratic nomination campaigns. They may be political ?outsiders? in different ways, but their populist messages are shaping the dialogue so far for the Democrats as well as the GOP. Will the fire burn out before voters go to the polls?

China's Robot Revolution and the Future of our Workforce

Friday, August 14 2015 08:00 PM

From Chinese factories to America's white-collar middle class, robots may soon be replacing more and more people. We look at what the future might hold as machines get smarter than we are.

Police Repression and Police Reform

Thursday, August 13 2015 09:00 PM

After a year of high-profile killings, the time is ripe for police reform, and departments around the country are in search of a model. We hear about racial profiling, "broken windows" and "community policing." 

Europe's Migrant Crisis

Wednesday, August 12 2015 09:00 PM

Greece, France, Italy and Germany are all trying to accommodate an increased flow of refugees fro Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and other countries. We focus on England as a microcosm of the migration crisis facing the European Union. 

The Value of Giving Prisoners an Education

Tuesday, August 11 2015 09:00 PM

America's crackdown on crime is giving way to concern about the high-cost of mass incarceration. President Obama wants to give Pell Grants for college to inmates in prison ? to find out if higher education makes them less likely to commit new crimes. Researchers say he already knows the answer.

Finding Friends to Fight ISIS in Syria

Tuesday, August 11 2015 01:00 AM

The US has agreed to train and equip "moderate" Syrians in the fight against ISIS. But it's demanding that trainees agree not to make war on the oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad. Is that policy doomed to failure?

Analysis of the First GOP Debate in Cleveland, Ohio

Friday, August 07 2015 10:00 PM

Nine other candidates were the supporting cast last night as Donald Trump dominated the Republican presidential candidates first confrontation on prime-time TV. We hear they tried to challenge him for the lead.

How to Teach US History to Our High School Kids

Thursday, August 06 2015 10:00 PM

Conservatives and liberals may never agree about the details of American history, but there's only one College Board. Now conservatives have forced a change in advanced placement standards for high school students. Has a "balance" finally been achieved?

Israel's Answer to Jewish Terrorism

Wednesday, August 05 2015 10:00 PM

Palestinian terrorists are not the only threat to Israeli security. Jewish terrorists also pose serious risks to national unity and stability. Recent atrocities have increased fear that the government may be powerless against right-wing extremism.

Rising Seas Are Threatening America's Cities

Tuesday, August 04 2015 10:00 PM

Rising tides already threaten major cities and military bases around the country. Now it's predicted that sea levels will increase ten times faster than estimated before. Are public officials playing down the danger? Is there any way to prepare?

Nuclear Weapons 70 Years after Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Monday, August 03 2015 09:00 PM

In the 70 years since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the "ultimate weapon" has not been used again. But nine nations now have them, and the US and Russia are "modernizing" their massive arsenals. Is "mutually assured destruction" making us safer or more at risk?

Can Palm Oil Be Sustainably Produced?

Friday, July 31 2015 08:00 PM

Eliminating trans fats from processed foods will remove a cause of heart disease. But replacing trans fats with palm oil may lead to other destructive consequences, including human rights abuses and climate change.

The Dilemma over Detaining Undocumented Families

Thursday, July 30 2015 09:00 PM

Are "immigration detention centers" a good means of deterring illegal immigration?or "gilded cages" for women and children? We hear what a judge's order could mean for people fleeing violence in Central America ? and for immigration reform.

The Rising Cost of Fighting Cancer

Wednesday, July 29 2015 09:00 PM

The annual cost of cancer drugs has soared to twice the average American income. Oncologists around the country are calling for new regulations to ease the financial burden on patients facing bankruptcy as well as life-threatening diseases.