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.

Most Recent Episodes

Do You Really Own Your Own Face?

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?

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?

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

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