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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: Friday, October 31 2014 08:34 AM

When Will the Sun Be the Motor of the World?

Thursday, October 30 2014 07:00 PM

Sunlight is free, and solar-power will soon be cheaper than oil, coal or natural gas ? even in the United States. We hear what that could mean for current energy industries, public utilities, government regulators and the homeowners of America.

Quarantine Nation

Wednesday, October 29 2014 07:00 PM

Amid reports of mass casualties in West Africa from Ebola, the death of a patient in Dallas caused widespread alarm in the US.  Since then, all seven other infected patients in this country have recovered.  But the President and several state governors d

The Most Expensive Mid-Terms

Tuesday, October 28 2014 07:00 PM

There?s so much ?outside? money in this year?s mid-term elections that, in some races, the candidates don?t really control their own campaigns any more. We hear about unlimited contributions, corporate spending and secret money.

When a Hospital Is a Dangerous Place to Be

Monday, October 27 2014 07:00 PM

When two nurses in a Dallas hospital contracted Ebola, it was a wakeup call for an ongoing problem. One out of every 25 patients admitted to hospitals in the United States every year picks up a deadly homegrown infection ? because of the failure to follo

When a Hospital Is a Dangerous Place to Be

Monday, October 27 2014 07:00 PM

When two nurses in a Dallas hospital contracted Ebola, it was a wakeup call for an ongoing problem. One out of every 25 patients admitted to hospitals in the United States every year picks up a deadly homegrown infection ? because of the failure to follo

Re-scheduling Motherhood

Friday, October 24 2014 08:00 PM

There?s nothing new about women who want to have children delaying pregnancy until they?re actually ready. Now it?s easier than ever to beat the biological clock by freezing a woman?s eggs while they?re still viable, so she can have her kids later on.

Big Oil, Big Trouble

Thursday, October 23 2014 07:00 PM

New drilling techniques have made the US an oil exporter again: good for the economy; bad for the environment?and a nightmare for local culture. The sleepy town of Williston, North Dakota is one overcrowded boomtown with skyrocketing rents and new levels

The Republicans Are Ready to Win... Are They Ready to Govern?

Wednesday, October 22 2014 07:00 PM

Savvy prognosticators agree: the Republicans are favored to take back the US Senate in next month?s elections. But the GOP is divided?both between and within the houses of Congress?which creates uncertainty over what?s next. Can the Republicans seize the

The Downside of Data Mining

Tuesday, October 21 2014 07:00 PM

Your personal data?s all over the Internet, and it?s up for sale?not just to marketers, but to financial institutions and possible employers. If the information is wrong, there?s not much you can do to correct it, because it?s secret and there?s almost n

Is the Global Economy Still Stuck in Recession?

Monday, October 20 2014 08:00 PM

After three years of smooth sailing on Wall Street, investors were almost complacent, but then the New York Stock Exchange began to jump up and down. On October 8th, the Dow Jones Industrial Average had its best day of the year. Last week, it suffered it

Is Palestine on the Road to Recognition?

Friday, October 17 2014 08:00 PM

The British parliament has voted to recognize a Palestinian state. In Europe and elsewhere, there?s outrage over Israel?s latest settlement in the West Bank. Are the Palestinians taking ?diplomatic warfare? too far?

What's Next for the US Army?

Thursday, October 16 2014 07:00 PM

Combat veterans are coming home to a nation exhausted by 13 years of war, and plans call for reducing the size of the Army. Will arming and training the soldiers of other countries make the world safer or backfire as it has in Iraq? Will extended relianc

Barack Obama: Liberal Success After All?

Wednesday, October 15 2014 07:00 PM

Nobel Prize winner and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has been knocking Barack Obama since the campaign of 2008. Now, Krugman?s written at length to call him ?one of the most consequential? and even ?successful presidents in American history.?

The Voting Wars: Who's Winning? Who's Losing?

Tuesday, October 14 2014 08:00 PM

Republicans say it?s often too easy to cast a ballot, and they?ve enacted requirements to control ?voter fraud.? Democrats say voting?s not easy enough, and that GOP rules are designed to keep poor and minority citizens away from the polls. We?ll hear wh

Fear of Ebola Spreads Faster Than the Virus

Monday, October 13 2014 08:00 PM

The first person to contract Ebola in the United States is a nurse who treated Thomas Duncan, the man who died of Ebola in Dallas after catching it in Liberia. Other healthcare workers who treated Duncan might be at risk.We'll hear about the risks in thi

Big Soda: Obesity and Diabetes

Friday, October 10 2014 08:00 PM

In San Francisco and Berkeley, California, Big Soda has been lumped with Big Tobacco as a target of health-conscious reformers. Next month, voters may tax sugary soft drinks by a few cents per can. To defeat them, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper will spend mo

Should Big Oil Pay to Keep the Bayou State Above Water?

Thursday, October 09 2014 08:00 PM

Louisiana is losing chunks of its coast at a remarkable rate. The erosion threatens to destroy most of the US offshore oil and gas production, much of its seafood industry and millions of homes. Should the fossil fuel industry foot the bill for restoring

Will Tax Cuts Backfire on Republican Governors?

Wednesday, October 08 2014 08:00 PM

While Washington is obsessed with Democratic control of the Senate, Republican Governors are fighting for re-election in some crucial states. It?s all about budget deficits, education cuts and slow job growth. What are the possible consequences for the R

Small Cases, Big Silence at the Supreme Court

Tuesday, October 07 2014 08:00 PM

The US Supreme Court began its latest session with a thunderous silence: not even explaining why it refused to consider same-sex marriage. The court may be off to a quiet start, but it?s famously divided, and legal thinkers aren?t ruling out the prospect

A Shaky Start to the Latest War on Terror

Monday, October 06 2014 09:00 PM

As high-tech aerial weaponry rains down on Syria and Iraq, the medieval Islamic State, or ISIS, is not just holding on but threatening to take new territory. We?ll look at the early days of America?s latest offensive in the Middle East. Is there a cohere

Is the Secret Service Protecting the President?

Friday, October 03 2014 08:00 PM

When a fence jumper gets to the East Room and gunfire breaks windows, the White House is clearly not be the safest place in the world. Both Republicans and Democrats agree there?s a world-class problem. What needs to be done?

Does Marketing Interfere with Medicine?

Thursday, October 02 2014 09:00 PM

American doctors and teaching hospitals got more than $3.5 billion from drug companies and medical device makers in just five months of last year. Do doctors always prescribe what?s best for their patients?or for their own pocket books? Do they even reco

The "Umbrella Revolution" Marches On

Wednesday, October 01 2014 08:00 PM

Protesters were back on the streets of Hong Kong today in larger numbers than ever?on the first day of a 2-week Chinese national holiday. We?ll hear about the protesters? demands, their chance of forcing change and what?s at stake for China, the rest of

Partisan Politics and Public Education

Tuesday, September 30 2014 08:00 PM

Public education is a hot political topic: on the Right, it?s the founding fathers and free enterprise; on the Left it?s civil rights and respect for gays and lesbians. We?ll hear about street protests in Colorado, textbooks in Texas and what?s at stake

Tight Races, Long Shots and Control of Congress

Monday, September 29 2014 08:00 PM

Mid-term elections are less than six weeks way, and very close races in very few states will determine whether the US Senate is run by friends or foes of President Obama in his waning days. We?ll survey races across the country.