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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: Sunday, April 19 2015 06:03 PM

Is Animal Liberation Going Mainstream?

Friday, April 17 2015 07:00 PM

Americans are becoming aware that animals have intelligence, personalities and rich emotional lives. Accusations of mistreating killer whales and elephants have Sea World and Ringling Brothers changing their business plans. What about captive wild animal

Are the Stakes of Standardized Testing Too High?

Thursday, April 16 2015 07:00 PM

Atlanta educators have been sentenced to jail for cheating. New York parents are telling their kids to opt out of standardized testing. Now, education reform is getting a second look in Washington, with a bipartisan re-write of No Child Left Behind.

Cop Culture in the Crosshairs

Wednesday, April 15 2015 08:00 PM

After a series of videos that have gone viral, law enforcement is on the defensive in parts of America. Long-standing accusations of racial bias and abuse of force have been confirmed for many people, while others are taking them seriously for the first

Can the GOP Avoid Another Circus Primary?

Tuesday, April 14 2015 08:00 PM

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is just the latest announced candidate for next year's Republican presidential nomination. We hear how his campaign's shaping up against Rand Paul, Ted Cruz ? and nine other possible contenders.

Hillary Rebrands Herself for Another Run

Monday, April 13 2015 08:00 PM

Hillary Clinton's second announcement for President is a low-key contrast to what's described as her "alpha-male style" the first time around.  But she's still one of the world's most famous people, hoping to raise a billion dollars between now and Novem

One Nation under God... but Since When?

Friday, April 10 2015 08:00 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 associ

Is ISIS in Retreat?

Thursday, April 09 2015 08:00 PM

The losses of Kobani in Syria and Tikrit in Iraq are being taken as evidence that the so-called Islamic State is in trouble. Its revenue is reportedly drying up, and untrained recruits are replacing experienced soldiers. But ISIS still spreading terror.

Gay Rights, Religion and Republican Politics

Tuesday, April 07 2015 07:00 PM

Republicans are fighting among themselves over religious freedom and America's growing tolerance for the rights of gays and lesbians.  We hear what that means politically?from new laws in Arkansas and Indiana to next year's presidential campaign.

Stigma, Depression and the Myths of Violence

Monday, April 06 2015 08:00 PM

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz died with 149 others when he crashed an airliner in the French Alps. His mental condition can never be known, but speculation continues. We'll hear about depression, aggression?and how much reporting should be required for pilots,

"Free-Range Parenting" and the "Nanny State"

Friday, April 03 2015 09:00 PM

Parents who want their kids to be free, independent and responsible are subject to visits from the police and oversight from child protective service agencies.  Is "free-range parenting" a form of child endangerment?

A Parched West Struggles to Adapt to the Realities of Drought

Thursday, April 02 2015 07:00 PM

California is adopting water restrictions for the first time? and that's the problem.  It's the first time.  Four years of drought have created an emergency, but 19th Century laws and 20th Century practices have created a 21st Century crisis, not just in

Will American Tourists Spoil Cuba?

Wednesday, April 01 2015 07:00 PM

For the first time since the US embargo of 1961, there's now a direct flight from New York to Havana. We hear what the relaxation of diplomatic restrictions will mean for American tourists and for the communist island 90 miles from American shores.

Iran's Nuclear Negotiations Go Down to the Wire

Tuesday, March 31 2015 09:00 PM

Negotiators in Switzerland are aiming for a political deal on Iran's nuclear program ? enough agreement to allow time for technical details to be worked out by the end of June. We get a progress report.

Multiple Crises in the Middle East as US Influence Declines

Monday, March 30 2015 09:00 PM

With new violence compounding more than decade of instability, the Obama Administration is struggling to keep up with the volatile Middle East. When past US involvement helped to create the current chaos, are there any new politics available to contain i

Should College Athletes Be Paid?

Friday, March 27 2015 07:00 PM

Boosters of big-time, "amateur" college sports say "student athletes" are getting free educations and possible pro careers, but critics say they are unpaid professionals victimized by academic fraud. Should they be paid?

Can Deliberate Plane Crashes Be Prevented?

Thursday, March 26 2015 08:00 PM

Investigators now say Tuesday's Germanwings airline crash that killed 150 people was a "deliberate" act. The co-pilot locked the pilot out of the cockpit. A mysterious tragedy has now become a criminal case.

Coal, Clean Air and Presidential Power

Wednesday, March 25 2015 07:00 PM

Once again, the US Supreme Court appeared divided today on a challenge to the Obama Administration. Do the EPA's proposed regulations on coal-fired power plants exceed its authority to protect public health? Does the Clean Air Act require the agency to c

Can the Republican Congress Get Anything Done?

Tuesday, March 24 2015 07:00 PM

Despite promised action by Republicans when they won the Senate, gridlock continues on Capitol Hill. But it's not just partisanship as usual. Divisions within the GOP have slowed routine government business ? and may delay enactment of the federal budget

Netanyahu, the US and the Isolation of Israel

Monday, March 23 2015 07:00 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection last week after a campaign that disparaged Israeli Arabs and renounced a Palestinian State. How much has that widened the gap between Israel and the US ? its most important historical ally? What's next at the United Nati

Diversity Is Selling Again in Prime Time

Friday, March 20 2015 07:00 PM

Some of this year's biggest hits on prime time, network TV feature blacks, Hispanics and Asians in major roles. They're produced and written by staffs that reflect America's ethnic diversity. Is the world of popular entertainment really changing ? or goi

The Bitter Battle over Sugar Labeling

Thursday, March 19 2015 07:00 PM

A lot of unlikely food products include more sugar than occurs naturally -- including deli meats, bread and trail mix. Now the FDA wants labels to specify how much sugar is added ? and that has the food industry up in arms. Why doesn't it want consumers

Is the American Dream out of Reach for Our Poor Kids?

Wednesday, March 18 2015 07:00 PM

America's growing income inequality is given a human face in a new book called, "Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis." Robert Putnam tells stories of how a Middle Class community has divided since he grew up in the 1950's. We hear from him and others

Free Trade: Obama's Legacy and Your Pocketbook

Tuesday, March 17 2015 07:00 PM

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would be a truly big deal and a major component of the Obama Legacy. But it won't be a done deal unless Congress gives the President sole authority to complete it. We hear about a so-called "free" trade agreement that also i

LGBT Groups and the Mormon Church Meet in the Middle in Utah

Monday, March 16 2015 08:00 PM

Last week, Utah enacted a new law protecting the rights of lesbians, gays, bi-sexual and transgender people against some kinds of discrimination. We hear how the so-called "Utah Compromise" got the support of the Mormon Church, which dominates Utah and c

Is "Bibi" on the Ropes in Israel?

Friday, March 13 2015 09:00 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu was a hit with Republicans on Capitol Hill, but at home, voters appear to be looking for change.  Next Tuesday's election is too close to call and Israeli Arabs could make history by winning enough votes to prevent Bibi from a record f