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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, September 23 2014 05:16 AM

Is Global Warming Back on the Global Agenda?

Monday, September 22 2014 09:00 PM

Hundred of thousands of citizens hit the streets of New York for yesterday?s People?s Climate March. But who?s paying attention? President Obama put the US in the forefront with new rules on power plants. Can he invest other heads of state with a sense o

The Uphill Battle Against Ebola

Friday, September 19 2014 06:00 AM

President Obama says West Africa?s Ebola epidemic threatens the entire world. Attempts at control have finally been stepped up, but they might be too little, too late. We?ll update the conditions on the ground and the challenges to come.

Does Sparing the Rod Mean Spoiling the Child?

Thursday, September 18 2014 08:00 PM

Recent incidents involving the National Football League have focused attention on domestic violence, including the disciplining of small children. Is spanking always a form of child abuse? Is a firm hand, administered with a loving heart, required to tur

Antibiotics in America's Favorite Meat

Wednesday, September 17 2014 09:00 PM

Chicken has surpassed beef as the meat of choice for most Americans. Now there?s evidence that the raising of chickens could be a risk to human health. The Reuters News Service has reported what federal regulators did not know?that major poultry farms co

War Fever: The Temperature Is Rising...

Tuesday, September 16 2014 08:00 PM

The Obama Administration is escalating the case for going back to Iraq, this time to fight the extremist group ISIL?and not just with bombing. We?ll hear conflicting opinions about the threat, the President?s leadership, and whether Congress will get inv

The Lure of Violent Jihad

Monday, September 15 2014 08:00 PM

Just a few months ago, most Americans had never heard of a violent extremist group in Iraq and Syria called ISIL. Now this country is committing significant military resources to fight a growing number of fighters whose horrific violence is on full displ

The NFL Takes A Hit

Friday, September 12 2014 08:00 PM

Violence on the field is why millions of Americans tune in to watch the National Football League. But today, in the wake of its handling of the Ray Rice assault on his then-fiancee, the NFL is under increasing pressure to change its attitude toward viole

Counterterrorism, or a New War?

Thursday, September 11 2014 08:00 PM

Last night, after weeks of headlines about the lack of a plan to fight growing extremism in Iraq and Syria, President Obama said the US will lead a broad coalition to degrade and destroy the increasingly aggressive and violent terrorist force known as th

A Political Reversal on Immigration Reform

Wednesday, September 10 2014 07:00 PM

Three months ago, President Obama blasted Republicans and promised executive action on immigration reform, but now he says the politics have changed, and the ?action? has been postponed until after November?s elections. What would ?executive action? be?

Forsaken Children in an Age of Acceptance

Tuesday, September 09 2014 08:00 PM

The growing acceptance of same-sex marriage has created high expectations for those who come out of the closet. But that?s not always the case. Some are revealing their sexuality while they still depend on their families, which has helped to produce an e

The President Has A "Strategy" After All

Monday, September 08 2014 08:00 PM

This Wednesday, President Obama will address the American public about a new offensive against the Islamic State, which has seized much of Iraq and Syria. Success may depend on alliances between strange bedfellows. We'll hear what that could mean for dip

Will Voters in Scotland Decide to Go It Alone?

Friday, September 05 2014 07:00 PM

As the NATO summit ended today in Wales, Prime Minister David Cameron was trying to keep his own country together. In less than two weeks, the UK will no longer be the ?United Kingdom? if Scotland votes to become independent. There?s a lot at stake for A

Taking the Lid Off Campaign Contributions

Thursday, September 04 2014 07:00 PM

Political prognosticators say, ?Follow the money.? And, in this year?s mid-term elections, there?s more money to follow than ever. Is the lack of limit on campaign contributions a victory for ?free speech? or a defeat for democracy? What?s the possible i

The Battle Against Abortion: State by State

Wednesday, September 03 2014 07:00 PM

It?s been 41 years since the US Supreme Court approved a woman?s right to choose an abortion. Now the anti-abortion movement may be close to getting another case before a very different Supreme Court?hoping for a different decision.

The "Teacher Wars" in America's Public Schools

Tuesday, September 02 2014 08:00 PM

America?s ?failing education system? has become a cliché of contemporary journalism?and it?s most often blamed on the teachers. As another school year gets under way across the country, we?ll hear how today?s controversies reflect the history of a crucia

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

Monday, September 01 2014 07:00 AM

On this rebroadcast of To The Point: 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

The Resegregation of America's Public Schools

Friday, August 29 2014 07:00 PM

For the first time, a majority of public-school students are ethnic minorities?but that doesn?t mean greater diversity in the schools. It?s been 60 years since the US Supreme Court ruled that separate could never be equal, but segregation is back. What d

Will Policing Ever Be Colorblind?

Thursday, August 28 2014 08:00 PM

Michael Brown?s killing was not an isolated incident. The FBI reports that a white police officer kills a black person almost twice a week. A new poll shows both blacks and whites believe cops are not held accountable for excessive force or for racial di

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.