KCRW's To the Point

KCRW's To the Point

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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. 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

US and Turkey, a strained relationship of long-time allies

Tensions have been growing between Turkey and the US since last month's failed coup. Turkey wants the US to extradite the exiled Muslim cleric it says was behind the attempt. It's also unhappy with America's alliance with Syrian Kurdish militias against the Islamic state. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores what's at stake in this troubled relationship with a longtime ally.

US and Turkey, a strained relationship of long-time allies

Obama's Nuclear Legacy

In his first term, President Obama pledged to work for nuclear disarmament. But America's arsenal is still being "modernized" — and he's approved $11 billion for a so-called "smart" bomb. Is he living up to the promise that got him the Nobel Peace Prize?

Breitbart, the alt-right and the Trump campaign

Steve Bannon — the latest leader of Donald Trump's campaign — is trying to make the election a referendum on Hillary Clinton. Her weaknesses are real enough, but establishment Republicans fear Bannon is associating their party with the right-wing extremism they're trying to avoid.

Breitbart, the alt-right and the Trump campaign

Louisiana underwater again

The storm that snuck up on Southern Louisiana starting last week still has no name, but tens of thousands will be living with the damage for a long time to come. We'll hear what they've been through and what they're in for—from another message about global warming.

Is Trump's campaign threatening journalistic integrity?

Donald Trump's presidential campaign is like no other in recent history. His demonstrable lies pose a special challenge to the rules of political coverage. But is "fair and balanced" already a thing of the past?

Is Trump's campaign threatening journalistic integrity?

How local police became tax collectors

When cities reduce taxes they face cuts in service — and one alternative source of revenue is increased focus on minor crimes with escalating penalties. We hear how that puts municipal finance on the backs of the poor and leads to resentment of the police.

The battle for Aleppo

Rebels broke the siege of Aleppo — briefly — but not long enough to ease a humanitarian crisis. It's compared to Rwanda or Srebrenica, ongoing atrocities with the rest of the world standing by.

Trump, the Mormons and a fractured GOP

Utah has gone almost unnoticed in presidential campaigns, because it's been so reliably Republican Red. Now Donald Trump is turning it into a battleground state. We hear what that has to do with the Mormon Church and how it reveals the depths of divisions within the GOP.

Airline computer glitches gone wild

When Delta Airlines cancelled more than 2000 flights this week, it sent an unintended message to people planning to fly, for business or pleasure. It could happen to you.

Clinton and Trump lay out their economic visions

Monday, Donald Trump detailed his plan for a failing economy. Today, Hillary Clinton outlined her proposals for an economy that's doing okay — even though it needs some improvements. We compare their differences on a defining issue of the presidential campaign.

Clinton and Trump lay out their economic visions

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