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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, July 29 2015 12:27 PM

Will Congress Move Ahead on Highway Funding?

Tuesday, July 28 2015 10:00 PM

With America's transportation system on the verge of collapse, the Highway Trust Fund is about run out of money. Even if Congress passes a short-term fix, what are the consequences of falling behind for competition in the global economy?

Obama in Africa

Monday, July 27 2015 09:00 PM

Barack Obama is the first sitting President to visit East Africa, where opportunities for US investment are threatened by both terrorism and counter-terrorism. We hear about his appearances in Kenya and Ethiopia.

Genome Editing for Animals, Plants and People

Friday, July 24 2015 08:00 PM

A new method for editing DNA is faster, easier and cheaper than ever. It promises breakthroughs in fighting disease and creating drought and fungus resistant crops ­­ but also raises the specter of mutant species, designer babies and other sci­-fi like scenarios. 

Secret Recordings Ignite New Abortion Debate

Thursday, July 23 2015 09:00 PM

Planned Parenthood is playing defense after two undercover videos appear to show executives discussing the price of fetal tissue leftover from abortions for medical research. The controversy is all about the ethics of medical research, but is the real goal to make "a woman's right to choose" harder than ever -- just in time for the next election cycle.

Another Mass Shooting in a Divided Country

Wednesday, July 22 2015 09:00 PM

The FBI is conducting a massive investigation into last week's killing of four Marines and a sailor in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We hear what's known about the young, Muslim shooter and the potential impact of the incident in southern states that are rapidly changing.

Polls Show Trump Surging Ahead, but Are They Accurate?

Tuesday, July 21 2015 09:00 PM

There are now 16 GOP candidates for president, and the first televised debate will include the top ten in public opinion polls.  Donald Trump is currently number one. Does that reflect the real views of Republicans or saturation news coverage and poor polling? 

Is the UN's Iran Deal Resolution an End Run on Congress?

Monday, July 20 2015 09:00 PM

After today's unanimous support by the UN Security Council, Congress has 60 days to approve or reject the nuclear deal with Iran. Even some Democrats have reservations. We look at the prospects on Capitol Hill and the possible consequences of success or failure.

The Political Consequences of El Chapo's Escape

Friday, July 17 2015 09:00 PM

They're celebrating in Sinaloa province, where Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is a local hero. But in Mexico City and Washington DC, his prison escape is a nightmare involving government corruption and international traffic in heroin and cocaine.

Criminal Justice Reform and President Obama

Thursday, July 16 2015 10:00 PM

In a campaign for justice reform, Barack Obama is plowing new ground for an American president: commuting dozens of sentences for non-violent crimes and visiting inmates in a federal prison. But he's not alone. Conservative Republican Senators agree a system that's not working means an opportunity to save money.

The Gig Economy and the Changing Nature of Employment

Wednesday, July 15 2015 09:00 PM

Uber is the most conspicuous company in the "sharing economy" that's turning jobs into gigs that don't have traditional worker protections. Presidential candidates are being challenged to thread their way between venture capitalists, business leaders and a new generation of employees.

A Washington Showdown with Global Significance

Tuesday, July 14 2015 09:00 PM

Negotiators for Iran, the US and five other powers were too tired to celebrate after 17 days of work in Vienna, which included missed deadlines that kept the world waiting.

Fight against Housing Discrimination Gets a New Lease on Life

Monday, July 13 2015 11:00 PM

In 1968, the Fair Housing Act ended overt racial discrimination, but its promise of also ending segregation has not been fulfilled, and there is still unequal access to schools, parks and upward mobility. We hear what President Obama proposes to do and what it could mean for local neighborhoods.

Do You Really Own Your Own Face?

Friday, July 10 2015 09:00 PM

Privacy advocates are warning about the loss of public anonymity from face-recognition technology that?s ubiquitous thanks to Facebook and other software companies. We?ll hear about the risks? as well as the benefits.

Have Sex-Offender Registries Gone Too Far?

Thursday, July 09 2015 10:00 PM

Some 800,000 registered sex offenders can't live near parks or schools ? or sometimes even in the homes of their own parents. Is it time to re-visit sex-offender registries that cast a wide net and often treat juvenile offenders as if they were adults?

What Would a Deal with the US Look like to Iranians?

Wednesday, July 08 2015 09:00 PM

Another missed deadline means more uncertainty for Iranians. Some hope for a nuclear deal that could liberate their economy and lead to domestic reforms. We hear what's at stake inside a politically divided country. 

How the Long Shots Are Changing the Short Game for 2016

Tuesday, July 07 2015 09:00 PM

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are just two of the presidential candidates few people expect to see in the White House after next year's election. But they're also just two of the long shots having an impact on this year's campaign. We hear how the races are shaping up in both political parties.

Is a "Grexit" Inevitable?

Monday, July 06 2015 09:00 PM

Yesterday's resounding "no" vote could push Greece out of the Eurozone, but there are signs of conciliation and EU leaders have yet to make any decisions. Was America's largest trading partner prepared for the worst?

One Nation under God?but Since When?

Friday, July 03 2015 10:00 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 associate religion and politics.

Can Gay Marriage Co-Exist with Religious Freedom?

Thursday, July 02 2015 10:00 PM

Equal rights advocates are now targeting legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in employment, housing and parenthood. At the same time, religious libertarians say they need protection against new demands created by same-sex marriage.

The Courts, the Law and Obama's Climate Agenda

Wednesday, July 01 2015 08:00 PM

As the world prepares for the next climate change summit in Paris at the end of this year, conflicting court rulings demonstrate conflicting approaches toward the environment and global warming.

Iran Talks Blast through Deadline for a Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, June 30 2015 08:00 PM

Negotiators in Vienna have postponed today's deadline for reaching a deal with Iran until next Tuesday?as each side is beginning to blame the other in case of failure. If there's no agreement on limiting nuclear technology, will economic sanctions be lifted anyway?

Justice Kennedy Leads the Supreme Court towards a Historic Term

Monday, June 29 2015 08:00 PM

Instead of being the predicted yawner, Supreme Court session ending today has produced its share of blockbuster decisions. We look at today's three, final 5-to 4-rulings and what this year's session might reveal about the future.

What's Next for Gay Marriage?

Friday, June 26 2015 09:00 PM

The US Supreme Court was divided today, but the majority made history by ruling that the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantees the right of gays and lesbians to be married. President Obama called it a victory for all Americans.

SCOTUS Saves Obamacare Once Again

Thursday, June 25 2015 08:00 PM

President Obama celebrated a 6-to-3 majority led by Chief Justice John Roberts ? over a blistering dissent by Justice Antonin Scalia. Conservative states will be spared from chaos in the insurance marketplace, but Republicans promise the fight will continue in the presidential campaign.

Church Shooting Stirs Nationwide Debate over the Confederate Flag

Wednesday, June 24 2015 10:00 PM

Last week?s murder of nine black people in their place of sanctuary has confronted America once again with the specter of racism ? past and present.  What about the future?  Can the country move forward when we can?t agree on the past?