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To the Point



To the Point is a fast-paced, news-based program that focuses on the hot-button national issues of the day. Hosted by award-winning journalist Warren Olney, the hour-long show presents informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories a



Copyright: KCRW 2017
 



Education Policy under a Trump Administration

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Senators are dashing from one hearing room to another today, as committees take up Donald Trump's cabinet nominees. We focus on Washington's role in public education.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-education_policy_under_a_trump_administration-170118.mp3




Obamacare goes under the GOP scalpel

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Republicans have started the process of repealing Obamacare once again — and Donald Trump says he has "a plan" to replace it. But can they get along? Will the next step for healthcare reform need a bipartisan coalition?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-obamacare_goes_under_the_gop_scalpel-170117.mp3




Does the "American Dream" still have a future?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

For the first time, it's possible to measure "the American Dream." The results are sobering — especially for the middle class.  On this archived edition of To the Point, we hear about the failures of government — and some individuals — and the role of income inequality. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-does_the_american_dream_still_have_a_future-170116.mp3




Is Donald Trump defying the Founding Fathers?

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

A week before he takes office, America's President-elect is already embroiled in a controversy over the Constitution. Can Donald Trump avoid prohibited conflicts of interests without selling off billions worth of investments in foreign countries or the new Trump International Hotel — on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and Capitol Hill?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_donald_trump_defying_the_founding_fathers-170113.mp3




Trump foreign policy takes shape, or does it?

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump's nominees to lead the CIA and the Pentagon have told Senate Committees they'll have no trouble disagreeing with the President Elect when he's in the White House. What will that mean for their chances of confirmation?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_foreign_policy_takes_shape_or_does_it-170112.mp3




Welcome to Donald Trump's Washington

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump held his first news conference in six months—staged at Trump Tower in New York -- while his cabinet nominees were being scrutinized by Senate Committees in Washington. We look at today's political drama from Trump Tower to the vetting of nominees for Secretary of State and Attorney General.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-welcome_to_donald_trumps_washington-170111.mp3




Race relations after Obama

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

The election and re-election of the first black president led to predictions of a "post-racial" America. Today, we talk about Barack Obama's eight years in the White House and what they mean for the future. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-race_relations_after_obama-170110.mp3




Trump's icy relationship with US intelligence

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump has tweeted that only "fools" and "stupid people" don't want closer relations between the US and Russia -- despite intelligence findings. When he gets to the White House, will he make peace with the CIA, the FBI and America's massive network of spies and covert activities? 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trumps_icy_relationship_with_us_intelligence-170109.mp3




Trump and American labor: A love story?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

In a rare political moment, the head of the AFL-CIO has expressed some agreement with the Republican President-elect. But how far is Donald Trump willing to go on behalf of working Americans? We look for answers among his appointees to offices that can make a difference.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_and_american_labor_a_love_story-170106.mp3




Donald Trump’s war on US intelligence

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump, his aides and many supporters have said that US Intelligence agencies have not produced enough evidence to convince them that Russia tried to influence the US election. Is Trump onto something American spies don't know, or is he concerned that reports of Russian influence will de-legitimize his election?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-donald_trumps_war_on_us_intelligence-170105.mp3




America's role in world… after Obama

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

President Obama took office with promises to bring troops home from the Middle East, engage with hostile nations and build ties with the world's other major powers. We hear different assessments of where he succeeded and where he failed.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-americas_role_in_world_after_obama-170104.mp3




The state of the nation after Obama

Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

One politician's "achievements" are another's "mistakes that urgently need correction." We look at what president Obama will leave behind when his second term ends three weeks from now.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_state_of_the_nation_after_obama-170103.mp3




Money for nothin': The case for universal basic income

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Universal basic income is an idea people on both the Left and Right have kicked around for decades. But it has newfound currency because of the gig economy and automation replacing workers. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, guest host Barbara Bogaev discusses the pros and cons of Uncle Sam cutting everyone a check.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-money_for_nothin_the_case_for_universal_basic_income-170102.mp3




Talking Points: About 2016

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0800

In this tumultuous year for American politics, that wasn't the only thing to talk about. Every day we bring you a Talking Point about an issue or an event that's helping define the national conversation even though it's not leading the news.  Today, we bring you a collection of our favorites. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-talking_points_about_2016-161230.mp3




How the gig economy is changing the way we view work

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The freelance workforce is growing exponentially, with companies like Uber, Lyft, and Etsy driving the trend, as well as corporations increasingly outsourcing work. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what happens when we all become our own bosses -- especially as we near retirement.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-how_the_gig_economy_is_changing_the_way_we_view_work-161229.mp3




A defiant Israel and an American reprimand

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Israel is railing at the Obama administration for not vetoing a UN vote last week condemning settlements in the West Bank. In retaliation, it's pulling envoys and advancing plans for new settlements in East Jerusalem, where Palestinians envision a future capital. Guest host Barbara Bogaev talks about the Kerry plan, gets reaction from Jerusalem, and considers where US-Middle East policy is headed under the Trump Administration.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_defiant_israel_and_an_american_reprimand-161228.mp3




2016's climate of fear for America's Muslim community

Tue, 27 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Reports of Anti-Muslim harassment and intimidation have risen sharply since November's election, and the FBI tracked nearly a 70% increase in hate crimes against Muslims during the ramping up of the presidential campaign in 2015. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at what 2017 might bring, with an administration focused on heightened security, tighter borders, and prone to a harsher rhetoric on terrorism.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-2016s_climate_of_fear_for_americas_muslim_community-161227.mp3




Creating a synthetic human genome

Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 -0800

Creating synthetic humans sounds like science fiction, but genetic science has advanced so fast that the possibility is becoming a fact. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, we talk with the geneticist who's leading the way and hear about ethical and religious objections.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-creating_a_synthetic_human_genome_2016_12_26-161226.mp3




The 'American Dream:' Does it have a future?

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

For the first time, it's possible to measure "the American Dream." The results are sobering — especially for the middle class.  We hear about the failures of government — and some individuals — and the role of income inequality. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_american_dream_does_it_have_a_future-161223.mp3




The year in (fake) news

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

News, politics and democracy in a post-truth world. It's an old problem that's worse than ever before. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores what mainstream media, tech companies, and educators are doing to raise media literacy in a post-fact world.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_year_in_fake_news-161222.mp3




US-China relations in the Trump Age

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Guest host Barbara Bogaev considers what China’s seizure -- and return -- of a US naval drone means for the relationship between Beijing and a Trump White House. With the incoming administration pivoting towards Russia and taking a harder line on China, is a confrontation brewing?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-us_china_relations_in_the_trump_age-161221.mp3




Berlin, Ankara and the international political consequences

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Guest host Barbara Bogaev follows up on yesterday's deadly attacks in Germany and Turkey, and looks at the ripple effects this spate of holiday violence could have far beyond Berlin and Ankara.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-berlin_ankara_and_the_international_political_consequences-161220.mp3




Will Trump violate the US Constitution on Inauguration Day?

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump comes into office with more potential conflicts of interest than any other President-elect in history and his cabinet follows in the same mold. Guest host Barbara Bogaev explores the blurring of lines between business and politics, and how Democrats are gearing up to challenge a President apparently unwilling to divest himself of a global empire.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_trump_violate_the_us_constitution_on_inauguration_day-161219.mp3




The paradox of automation

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to bring back millions of manufacturing jobs—but they aren't going to be there. We hear what kinds of new employment are being created—and what the new economy will mean for today's blue-collar workers. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_paradox_of_automation-161216.mp3




Abortion rights in the Trump era

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump's victory has provided new energy to the pro-life movement. We hear about new state abortion restrictions and Trump's written promises to sign federal laws — including complete de-funding of Planned Parenthood.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-abortion_rights_in_the_trump_era-161215.mp3




A new Russian "re-set?"

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Even before he takes office, Donald Trump has picked a fight with the intelligence community. Is the President-Elect getting too close to Vladimir Putin's Russia? What's at stake for America's interests in Europe and elsewhere in the world?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_new_russian_re_set-161214.mp3




Big oil, Vladimir Putin and US diplomacy

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Some key Republicans are already grumbling about the Russian ties of Donald Trump’s choice to be Secretary of State and his lack of diplomatic experience, raising questions about Senate confirmation. We hear more about Rex Tillerson and Trump’s concept of foreign policy as deal-making. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-big_oil_vladimir_putin_and_us_diplomacy-161213.mp3




CIA says Russia sought to influence US election

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Washington Democrats -- and Republicans -- want a bipartisan investigation: did Russia try to help Donald Trump win last month's election? But the President-elect says the claims are political and he's challenging the credibility of the CIA. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-cia_says_russia_sought_to_influence_us_election-161212.mp3




Can Obamacare be replaced?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Republicans have tried to repeal the Affordable Care Act 60 times—and they're finally likely to get their wish when Donald Trump signs off on it next year. Replacement is another matter, and we'll try to find out what it might look like and when it might happen.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_obamacare_be_replaced-161209.mp3




Why the left is now embracing states' rights

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The doctrine of States' Rights has long been used by conservatives against liberal policies dictated by Washington. Now, progressives say they'll invoke States' Rights to resist federal rules and regulations expected from the Republican Congress and the Trump Administration.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-why_the_left_is_now_embracing_states_rights-161208.mp3




Fallout from Trump's Taiwan call

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Last week, Donald Trump broke diplomatic precedent and offended China. Today, he's named an Ambassador that China considers a friend. Is it amateurism by a rookie in foreign affairs or a calculated strategy to keep China guessing?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-fallout_from_trumps_taiwan_call-161207.mp3




The Italy referendum and the populist march on Europe

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

First there was Brexit, now Italy's political instability is threatening the European Union. Liberal democracies are under siege in other parts of the world. What's the relationship to Donald Trump's victory over America's political establishment?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_italy_referendum_and_the_populist_march_on_europe-161206.mp3




Will the Syria endgame include ISIS?

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The latest reports indicate that Aleppo — the last stand of "moderate rebels" — is about to fall to attacks by Syria's Assad regime, bolstered by Russia. They claim the target is ISIS, but new reports indicate that Assad helped create the Islamic State. We hear what that could mean for US policy as Donald Trump prepares to take over from Barack Obama. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_the_syria_endgame_include_isis-161205.mp3




Washington, Havana and a new era

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

As the US and Cuba remember the late Fidel Castro, all eyes are on his surviving brother, Raul — and on America's next President, Donald Trump. Will the relaxation of tensions continue, or will hardliners reverse course?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-washington_havana_and_a_new_era-161202.mp3




Journalists reevaluate covering a Trump presidency

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Mainstream pollsters, reporters and pundits are taking heat for "getting it wrong" when it comes to the presidential election. Donald Trump doesn't need news conferences or the White House press corps. Does traditional journalism still have a future?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-journalists_reevaluate_covering_a_trump_presidency-161201.mp3




The recount: A noble pursuit or just a distraction?

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

A recount of presidential voting will begin in Wisconsin tomorrow. Michigan and Pennsylvania may be next. Is it a useless exercise or needed oversight — especially after Donald Trump's repeated warnings about a "rigged election?"


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_recount_a_noble_pursuit_or_just_a_distraction-161130.mp3




Can Trump bring manufacturing back home?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The President-elect is already trying to make good on his promise to restore America's manufacturing economy. Did voters threatened with losing their jobs really believe he could do it? Does rebuilding the infrastructure hold the promise of bipartisan support? 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_trump_bring_manufacturing_back_home-161129.mp3




Trump's cabinet and the art of the deal

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

"Freewheeling" is one term for the Trump transition team -- apparently mired in party politics while selecting presidential nominees without the intensive vetting designed to avoid future embarrassment.  


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trumps_cabinet_and_the_art_of_the_deal-161128.mp3




Dash cams, body cams and unintended consequences

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 -0800

The federal government is subsidizing dash-cams and body-cams for local police in response to high-publicized incidents of police misconduct.  On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, what does the footage really show? Should the public be able to see it all? We hear about the need for balance between privacy and so-called "transparency."


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-dash_cams_body_cams_and_unintended_consequences_2016_11_25-161125.mp3




Should we change the way we talk about climate change?

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump calls global warming a hoax invented by the Chinese — even though his golf course in Scotland is threatened by sea-level rise. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, could he and others be persuaded that there really is need for action — if "climate change" were talked about in a different way?"


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-should_we_change_the_way_we_talk_about_climate_change-161124.mp3




American-Indian wars, 21st century style

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

As many Americans are enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner, the Native American are still protesting in North Dakota. We hear what Thanksgiving will be like for them.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-american_indian_wars_21st_century_style-161123.mp3




Talk of internment camps and registry increase Muslim fear

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

If the Trump Administration cracks down on Muslim Americans, it won't be the first time. We hear what happened during the Carter, Reagan and Bush Administrations and what might be in store for the future.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-talk_of_internment_camps_and_registry_increase_muslim_fear-161122.mp3




The public interest and personal business at the Trump White House

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Even before he takes office, President-elect Donald Trump has revealed potential conflicts of interest unlike those of any president in American History. We hear what they could mean for the integrity of the White House and what he can do to avoid them.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_public_interest_and_personal_business_at_the_trump_white_house-161121.mp3




Trump transition names loyal hardliners

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The Democrats are still reeling after last week's loss of the White House and their failure to regain power on Capitol Hill. We hear how they're planning to build momentum for the mid-term election of 2018.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_names_cabinet_appointments-161118.mp3




Under the cloud of Trump, Germany welcomes Obama

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

President Obama's trip to Europe this week is not the anticipated victory lap but a mission to explain Donald Trump's unexpected election and reaffirm the values underlying the Atlantic Alliance. We hear about his hand-off of leadership to Germany's Angela Merkel.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-under_the_cloud_of_trump_germany_welcomes_obama-161117.mp3




Global warming policy on the chopping block

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

During Donald Trump's long, sometimes confusing presidential campaign, one consistent theme was defiance of the scientific consensus on climate change. What's at stake for clean energy and other strategies to slow global warming? 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-global_warming_policy_on_the_chopping_block-161115.mp3




The Trump administration's first priorities

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump won't be sworn in until January 20 of next year, but his choice of Steve Bannon as "Chief Strategist" for the White House has raised unprecedented controversy for a staff appointment.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_trump_administrations_first_priorities-161114.mp3




Donald Trump's foreign policy

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

The day before this week's election, President Obama warned that Donald Trump was unqualified to have access to America's nuclear codes. Now Trump's in line to take over as the most powerful man in the world. We hear what that could mean for Europe, Russia and the Middle East.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-donald_trumps_foreign_policy-161111.mp3




President-elect Trump transitions and meets Obama

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Historic political change is underway in the aftermath of this week's election. Details of Donald Trump's plans are still more rumor than hard fact, but we get the latest.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-president_elect_trump_transitions_and_meets_obama-161110.mp3




New promises today to bring the nation together

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

Early this morning, Donald Trump found himself President-elect of the United States in an upset victory over Hillary Clinton — who he threatened to put in jail if he were elected. In a rare tone of conciliation, he gave credit to his opponent.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-new_promises_today_to_bring_the_nation_together-161109.mp3




Defeating ISIS might be just the beginning

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

With the votes still coming in, we’ll look ahead at one of the major challenges facing the next President of the United States: the fight against ISIS. It’s a legacy of George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, one that Barack Obama has struggled unsuccessfully to leave behind. He reportedly hopes the City of Mosul will be "liberated" before he leaves office, with Raqqa -- the capitol of the "Caliphate" next in line.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-defeating_isis_might_be_just_the_beginning_2016_11_08-161108.mp3




Heading towards the finish line on election eve

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0800

This year's presidential campaign is about to come to an end with a prideful outsider pitted against a veteran establishment insider. And the battle over the Senate is coming down to the wire.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-heading_towards_the_finish_line_on_election_eve-161107.mp3




Time to rethink the Electoral College?

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0700

In next week's election, some votes will count more than others. That's because it'll finally be decided by the Electoral College — not by majority rule. Has one of the Constitutional compromises lost its usefulness, or should the electors chosen by each of the 50 states have even more power against the passions of populism? 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-time_to_rethink_the_electoral_college-161104.mp3




The Clinton and Trump campaigns enter the home stretch

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0700

With so little time left until all the voters have gone to the polls, both presidential candidates are doing what they think they need to do. Reporters embedded with the Clinton and Trump campaigns will tell us what to look for. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_clinton_and_trump_campaigns_enter_the_home_stretch-161103.mp3




Voter rights, voter intimidation and poll monitors

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0700

For decades, Republicans have organized "poll watchers" to prevent so-called "voter fraud." This year, Democrats have filed suits, claiming that Donald Trump is inciting his supporters to "intimidate" prospective Clinton voters in neighborhoods where Trump claims "cheating" is likely. We look at the potential for trouble at polling places. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-what_to_fear_most_at_the_polling_booth-161102.mp3




NATO takes military aim at Russian aggressions

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 11:00:00 -0700

A conversation about another potential military conflict with Russia that's not even being talked about during the presidential campaign.  


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-nato_takes_military_aim_at_russian_aggressions-161101.mp3




A bombshell on the road to the White House

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Supporters of Hillary Clinton say FBI Director James Comey might have damaged her chances for no good reason. Donald Trump says, maybe the election is “not as rigged” as he thought. We hear about the fallout from Comey’s vague letter about new emails that might or might not have any connection to the Democratic nominee.  


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-an_fbi_bombshell_in_the_final_stretch-161031.mp3




Obamacare premiums are rising. Is anyone October surprised?

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Health insurance premiums under Obamacare are spiking and Donald Trump claims it's proof that the Democrats' signature healthcare reform is blowing up. Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at how healthcare is shaping the campaign in the last two weeks before the election.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-obamacare_premiums_are_rising_is_anyone_october_surprised-161028.mp3




The science of polls and the art of spinning them

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

During the Republican primaries, Donald Trump was happy to point at polls that showed him defeating a crowd of professional politicians. Now, most polls indicate that he won't beat Hillary Clinton. He calls them "phony." We ask prominent pollsters about who to believe.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_science_of_polls_and_the_art_of_spinning_them-161027.mp3




How the 'Internet of Things' enables cyberattacks

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

The "Internet of Things" consists of many devices all connected to the Internet and making life and business easier and more convenient than ever. But manufacturers are putting technology ahead of security — as illustrated all too dramatically by last week's massive disruption of services. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-how_the_internet_of_things_enables_cyberattacks-161026.mp3




With the election, legalized marijuana may reach a tipping point

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

When it comes to marijuana, drug warriors are on the defensive with almost two thirds of the country now favoring legalization. Next month's ballots in several states may be the beginning of the end for prohibition on the federal level. But even advocates warn there are risks as well as benefits. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-with_the_election_legalized_marijuana_may_reach_a_tipping_point-161025.mp3




Dash cams, body cams and unintended consequences

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

The federal government is subsidizing dash-cams and body-cams for local police in response to high-publicized incidents of police misconduct.  What does the footage really show? Should the public be able to see it all? We hear about the need for balance between privacy and so-called "transparency."


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-dash_cams_body_cams_and_unintended_consequences-161024.mp3




Would divided government mean gridlock?

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0700

As Donald Trump alienates more and more possible voters, some Red States appear to be turning Blue—at least in the race for the White House. GOP candidates point with alarm at Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court nominees, free college tuition and “Big Government” that’s bigger than ever. Are they selling government by checks and balances in hopes of gridlock and four years of a Democratic president who can’t get anything done?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-would_divided_government_mean_gridlock-161021.mp3




A strange race for the White House with a stop in Sin City

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:00:00 -0700

In last night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas, Donald Trump refused to declare whether he’d accept the results of November’s nationwide voting. The debate itself was almost traditional--until Hillary Clinton got under Trump’s skin, giving way to another exchange of personal attacks and insults.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_strange_race_for_the_white_house_with_a_stop_in_sin_city-161020.mp3




Islamophobia and the Presidential Campaign

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Studies show that political rhetoric can increase hostility, and hate crimes against Muslim Americans have been on the rise. Donald Trump has made that central to his campaign. Is Trump to blame? 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-islamophobia_and_the_presidential_campaign-161019.mp3




The Battle for Mosul: How long will it last?

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

It’s an army of Iraqis who don’t like each other--Kurds, Sunnis and Shiites--advancing on the last urban stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq. Nobody knows how long it will take or if they can hold it together.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_battle_for_mosul_how_long_will_it_last-161018.mp3




The Trump Campaign and Democracy’s Future

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 04:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump says November’s voters have “the last chance to save the nation” from a conspiracy of bankers, the media, Hillary Clinton—and even the GOP.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_trump_campaign_and_democracy2019s_future-161017.mp3




Trump goes to war…on women

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is falling behind Hillary Clinton in large part because of declining support from women, who've been a major source of support for Republicans in the past. But they're divided when it comes to Trump, and we hear what that could mean for the Party.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_goes_to_war_on_women-161014.mp3




The United States, Saudi Arabia and the ignored war in Yemen

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

A US ship fired cruise missiles into Yemen today — a nation torn by civil war and further devastated by Saudi Arabian air attacks carried out with US assistance. We hear about a humanitarian disaster and possible violations of international law.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_united_states_saudi_arabia_and_the_ignored_war_in_yemen-161013.mp3




In Syria: Does the US have any good options?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 13:00:00 -0700

There’s been another deadly bombing attack today on Aleppo, as Russia and the US agree to meet again they’ve been fruitless so far. As the humanitarian crisis gets worse than ever, what are the pros and cons of increased military action by the United States?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-in_syria_does_the_us_have_any_good_options-161012.mp3




The political fallout from Trump's "grope and brag"

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Republican defectors from Donald Trump have outraged his grassroots supporters. Trump says he can now fight his own party's leaders in his "own way." How will outright civil war in the influence next month's election and the politics of the future?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_political_fallout_from_trumps_grope_and_brag-161011.mp3




Clinton-Trump town hall debate roundup

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

America's founding fathers accused each other of crimes, hypocrisy and sexual misbehavior, but times had changed — until last night at this year's second presidential debate in St. Louis.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-clinton_trump_town_hall_debate_roundup-161010.mp3




Reality Check: Parental leave and childcare

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is defying GOP tradition by proposing a new entitlement: paid leave for the mothers of newly born children. Clinton wants new fathers on the government payroll, too. Either plan would help the US catch up to the rest of the world.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-reality_check_parental_leave_and_childcare-161007.mp3




Reality Check: Health insurance and Obamacare

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Obamacare has made health insurance available for millions of people who didn't have it before. It's anything but perfect, and now Bill Clinton has made it an unavoidable issue in this year's presidential campaign — intentionally or otherwise. We compare the best laid plans of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-reality_check_health_insurance_and_obamacare-161006.mp3




Reality Check: Military spending and national security

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

The most powerful military in the world is not big enough for Donald Trump, although Hillary Clinton's considered more likely to use it to intervene overseas. We continue our reality check on the presidential campaign


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-reality_check_military_spending_and_national_security-161005.mp3




Reality Check: Climate change, energy and the environment

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

It's Day Two of our Reality Check on the campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Their positions on climate change are as different as night and day. We hear what that might mean for energy policy, the environment and national security — depending on who makes it to the Oval Office.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-reality_check_climate_change_energy_and_the_environment-161004.mp3




Reality Check: Higher ed and student debt

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0700

When it comes to addressing the high cost of higher education, the difference between Clinton and Trump is much more than apples and oranges. That's according to one of our guests in part one of our reality check on issues in the presidential campaign.  


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-reality_check_higher_ed_and_student_debt-161003.mp3




Is Suing Saudi Arabia for 9/11 a good idea?

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

It's been 15 years since the attacks of September 11, but that's not the only reason they're back in the news.  The Obama White House calls it "embarrassing" that bipartisan majorities in Congress have given victims' families the right to sue Saudi Arabia, and the battle's not over yet. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_suing_saudi_arabia_for_9_11_a_good_idea-160930.mp3




Gender politics and women voters

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

The race for the White House now includes the battle between the sexes, as Hillary Clinton's gender and Donald Trump's gender discrimination are now front and center in an increasingly bitter campaign. We hear what to expect in the after math of the first debate and the run up to the next one.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-gender_politics_and_women_voters-160929.mp3




Syrian peace efforts fail and bombings intensify

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has accused Russia and the Syrian government of war crimes in the siege of Aleppo. With each side blaming the other, it's a crisis likely to face the next President of the United States. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-syrian_peace_efforts_fail_and_bombings_intensify-160928.mp3




Debate fallout

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

It was the first direct confrontation between the two most unpopular presidential candidates since public opinion polling began. It was mostly about personalities and stage presence -- while touching on jobs, race and gender. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-debate_fallout-160927.mp3




A presidential campaign as a personal investment

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is doing what no billionaire candidate for President has done before: mixing his personal business with his political campaign. We hear about potential conflicts of interest now -- and if Trump should get to the White House. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_presidential_campaign_as_a_personal_investment-160926.mp3




Can Clinton close the deal with millennials?

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host Todd Purdum explores Hillary Clinton's challenges in wooing younger voters.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_clinton_close_the_deal_with_millennials-160923.mp3




Charlotte, Tulsa and living while black in America

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Police killings of black people in two more American cities have raised the total of such incidents to more than 200 in this year alone.  It now goes almost without saying that black Americans don't believe official explanations, and the Congressional black caucus is demanding Justice Department action. We hear about recent developments deeply rooted in American history.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-charlotte_tulsa_and_living_while_black_in_america-160922.mp3




The fight for a predictable work week

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

America's "service economy" features fast food and retail industries that depend on part-time workers. That's great for business, but it's hard on the workers involved. This week the Seattle City Council passed new rules that might provide them a better chance for survival. We update the always controversial relationship between employers and employees. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_fight_for_a_predictable_work_week-160921.mp3




The threat of a post-antibiotic era

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Starting back in the 1940s, antibiotics revolutionized the science and practice of medicine. But they're being used so often, and for so many reasons, that bacteria are learning to strike back — mutating to develop resistance. Now, the UN is trying to slow down a life-and-death crisis of global proportions.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_threat_of_a_post_antibiotic_era-160920.mp3




Should Edward Snowden be pardoned?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Bombs in New York and New Jersey and stabbings in Minnesota are raising familiar issues about national security. They might well influence ongoing debate about Edward Snowden. Did he perform public service by leaking classified information about intrusive surveillance, or is he a traitor who made Americans more vulnerable?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-should_edward_snowden_be_pardoned-160919.mp3




Opioid addiction and the white face of mass incarceration

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

In America's big, metropolitan counties, prison populations are going down, but in suburban and rural communities, more people are doing big time than ever before. We hear how prosecutors and judges are cracking down on drug addicts in the white, middle class. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-opioid_addiction_and_the_white_face_of_mass_incarceration-160916.mp3




Is Putin a presidential role model for Trump?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Unlike Republicans before him — or Democrats, for that matter — White House candidate Donald Trump has been full of praise for the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. What's the attraction? And how is it resonating in this year's presidential campaign?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_putin_a_presidential_role_model_for_trump-160915.mp3




Politics and the power of a word

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Hillary Clinton has labeled half of Donald Trump’s supporters "deplorables." Trump has said, "Fifty percent of Americans just sit back and do nothing." As the rhetoric of this campaign becomes more divisive than ever, how difficult will be to govern — whoever ends up in the White House?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-politics_and_the_power_of_a_word-160914.mp3




Reeling in runaway drug prices

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

While the presidential candidates are being asked to reveal their personal medical profiles, the prices of life-saving medications are increasing dramatically. We look at how that's happening and what might be done.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-reeling_in_runaway_drug_prices-160913.mp3




Is North Korea getting ready for nuclear war?

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

After North Korea's latest test of a weapon of mass destruction last Friday, President Obama said, "The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state."  Others warn that the US and its allies may not have a choice.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_north_korea_getting_ready_for_nuclear_war-160912.mp3




Fifteen years later, teaching 9/11 as a lesson in history

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host Todd Purdum discusses the legacy of the September 11 attacks, on the event of its 15th anniversary.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-Fifteen_years_later_teaching_911_as_a_lesson_in_history-160909.mp3




Grading the candidates -- and the media

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Clinton and Trump were on the same stage at different times last night to talk about National Security. We hear about the issues raised… and some that were left out. Did NBC's moderator Matt Lauer provide fair treatment?


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-grading_the_candidates_and_the_media-160908.mp3




Native tribes gather to fight oil pipeline

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Thousands of Native Americans have gathered in North Dakota to protest an oil pipeline they claim endangers not just the water supply for a nearby reservation but sacred burial sites and other relics. It's beginning to look like a new movement for American Indian rights and protections.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-native_tribes_gather_to_fight_oil_pipeline-160907.mp3




Obama's final bow in Asia: will it cement his legacy?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

President Obama's in Asia, coping with climate change, and China and America's past military excesses — not to mention his own legacy.  Experts disagree about successes… and failures.  We hear about the President's successes and failures. 


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-obamas_final_bow_in_asia_will_it_cement_his_legacy-160906.mp3




How local police became tax collectors

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

In many American cities, local police now act like tax collectors. On this special rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear how that can puts municipal finance on the backs of the poor.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-how_local_police_became_tax_collectors_2016_09_05-160905.mp3




Colombia's FARC rebels come in from the cold

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

In Colombia, more than 50 years of bloody fighting marked by atrocities may finally have come to an end. But peace won't come easy when former combatants have to live side by side.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-colombias_farc_rebels_come_in_from_the_cold-160902.mp3




Why aren't US taxpayers getting a bigger bite of Apple?

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Apple's just one of the US companies paying taxes in other countries to avoid taxes here — and small business, the middle class and other Americans needing government services are paying the cost.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-why_arent_us_taxpayers_getting_a_bigger_bite_of_apple-160901.mp3




Democrats aim to retake the Senate

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:00:00 -0700

Women have struggled to increase their numbers in the US Senate. But, after November's election, there could be more than ever before.  And female candidates are key to the Democrats re-taking control of the Upper House. We look at the states that could make a difference.


Media Files:
http://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-democrats_aim_to_retake_the_senate-160831.mp3