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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, March 31 2015 09:37 PM

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

America's Gun Debate Continues, with Schools in the Crossfire

Thursday, March 12 2015 07:00 PM

With Congress paralyzed by partisan divisions, states are choosing different options for guns at elementary schools and on college campuses.  There's a range from outright bans to concealed ? and even open ? carry.

Violence against Women Still a Problem despite Some Increased Rights

Wednesday, March 11 2015 07:00 PM

For 20 years world leaders have promised gender equality, but honor killings, rape and domestic abuse are still prevalent in many places.  We hear about this week's 59th session of the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, the progress that has been ma

Unlikely Bedfellows Join Forces in the Battle for Tikrit

Tuesday, March 10 2015 08:00 PM

Iran is helping Iraqi forces re-take territory from the so-called Islamic State?but the US is not part of the action. We update the battle for the city of Tikrit, potential conflicts between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites and the possibility of Iraq becoming a

Debtors' Prisons and Criminal Justice Reform

Monday, March 09 2015 08:00 PM

President Obama says we don't need Ferguson to know there's still systemic abuse of black citizens by many local police departments and judicial systems.  Now there's a bipartisan movement for reform, including some unlikely bedfellows.

Body-Hacking: The Benefits and Unintended Consequences

Friday, March 06 2015 08:00 PM

Wearable devices are big business ? sold as a way to develop healthier habits. But critics say the urge for self-awareness can make users slaves to technology ? and that sharing intimate personal information can make them vulnerable to exploitation.

The Challenges in Combating ISIS and Tracking "Known Wolves"

Thursday, March 05 2015 08:00 PM

Both sides in the war on terror are using social media. The Islamic State produces highly sophisticated recruiting videos -- and law enforcement can monitor the people who watch them. But that doesn't make preventing terrorist actions an easy job. We hea

Obamacare's Survival on the Line Again

Wednesday, March 04 2015 07:00 PM

For the second time, the US Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Federal health insurance subsidies for seven million Americans will depend on how the Justices rule on arguments they heard today.

Fallout from Netanyahu's Address

Tuesday, March 03 2015 08:00 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a joint meeting of Congress today that negotiations with six countries, including the US and Russia, won't prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. And he said that, ideologically, Iran is no different

The Spread of 'Right to Work' Laws

Monday, March 02 2015 08:00 PM

Wisconsin is poised to become the 25th State to allow workers to benefit from union negotiations without paying union dues. We look at the impact?on wages, on political fundraising by organized labor and on the presidential prospects of Wisconsin's Repub

FCC Hands Down Historic Ruling for 'Net Neutrality'

Friday, February 27 2015 07:00 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 08:00 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 07:00 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.