KCRW's To the Point

KCRW's To the Point


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. Featuring three discrete segments - Newsmaker, Main Topic, Reporter's Notebook - To the Point presents informative and thought-provoking back-and-forth discussion. A mix of guests cover a range of concerns - politics, international affairs, technology, the environment - the front-page stories that attract a savvy news audience. Olney and his talented team of producers understand that the key to a good program is casting. With one of the richest rollodexes in broadcasting, the producers spend considerable time and effort selecting the guests. The line-up is constructed to juxtapose ideas that illuminate the issue. Olney gets to the point with hard-hitting questions that advance the story. He keeps the pace of the program fast and exciting. And the result is smart, relevant radio.More from KCRW's To the Point »

Most Recent Episodes

Obama in Vietnam Works to Make a One-Time Foe a Friend

President Obama has arrived in Hanoi and lifted America's long-time embargo on arms sales to Vietnam — this country's one-time enemy in a protracted war. We hear what it has to do with China.

New Doping Investigations Could Tarnish Olympic Gold

We update the latest developments in the Russian Olympic doping scandal, and the potential impact on this summer's games in Brazil. We hear from experts on anti-doping efforts and Olympic history, and an American athlete who might win a medal if her Russian opponent is disqualified.

Obamacare Gets a Health Check

Despite providing insurance to millions of people, Obamacare is no guarantee of access to healthcare itself. Doctors, hospitals — and now some insurance companies — are dropping out of the program. We hear about what's gone wrong and how it's fueling the presidential campaign.

Discord Grows in the Democratic Race

Now that he looks like the nominee, Donald Trump has stopped saying the Republican process is "rigged." But, as Bernie Sanders keeps winning states without closing the delegate gap, that's what his supporters are calling the Democratic process.

Women Leaders, Sexist Trolls in the Age of Trump

If a city councilman voted against a new sports arena, would he be attacked because he's "a man?" We all know the answer. But, since five women council members voted that way in Seattle, they've been subjected to an onslaught of online attacks, leading to fear of violence — because of their gender. Does that explain why so few women ever stand for election?

Saudi Arabia Plans for a Future without Oil

America's long-time alliance with Saudi Arabia is fraying at the edges. There's the nuclear deal with Iran, Saudi aggression in Yemen and the long-time denial of human rights. Now a brash new Saudi leader is proposing major changes. We hear what the future might hold.

Working Parents Can't Have It All: Can Government Help?

The cost of day care is rising so fast that many new parents are quitting their jobs — only to find they can't meet basic expenses. It's a growing crisis with signs of becoming a partisan issue in this year's political campaigns.

The Future of Immigration under a President Trump

Two of Donald Trump's most hotly debated proposals are a ban on the entry of any Muslims into the country and the deportation of all undocumented workers. We get some legal surprises and some astonishing estimates of logistical challenges and impact on the size of government.

DOJ Takes on North Carolina's Transgender Bathroom Law

The US and North Carolina have sued each over the state's new law restricting public bathroom use by transgender people. It's a conflict between civil rights and states' rights with shades of the 1960's.

Trump and the Identity Crisis within the GOP

At a time when political parties are expected to come together, Donald Trump has divided Republicans as never before. We hear about a lack of endorsements, advocacy of a Third Party, and fear of losing not just the White House but control of the House and the Senate.

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