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To the Point



A weekly reality-check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. How did everything change so fast? Where are we headed? The conv



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After Alabama, what's next for the GOP?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

President Trump and some Republicans were licking their wounds after Democrat Doug Jones' stunning upset in Alabama's race for the US Senate. But others were positively relieved. Conservatives openly disagree about how much character counts.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-after_alabama_whats_next_for_the_gop-171214.mp3




A second nuclear age?

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 17:00:00 -0800

North Korea, China, India, Pakistan and Iran all have nuclear programs, potentially threatening the US. Does nuclear non-proliferation still make sense?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_second_nuclear_age-171206.mp3




How Putin helped Trump win

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0800

In his new book Collusion former Moscow bureau-chief for the Guardian, Luke Harding, lays to waste any doubt that the Kremlin aided Donald J. Trump to become President of the United States.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-how_putin_helped_trump_win-171130.mp3







Gun control, then and now

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Are there any effective strategies that work to curb gun violence? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-gun_control_then_and_now-171121.mp3




From broadcast to podcast!

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:00 -0800

To the Point is a weekly reality check on the issues Americans care about most. Host Warren Olney draws on his decades of experience to explore the people and issues shaping – and disrupting - our world. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-from_broadcast_to_podcast-new-171113.mp3




How Big Tech improves and disrupts our lives

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

Today, on our final radio broadcast, we look at how new technology has changed everything since we first went on the air in the year 2000. It's Google, the iPhone and much, much more.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-how_big_tech_improves_and_disrupts_our_lives-171110.mp3




Fake news, social media and a new news order

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

From broadcasting to cable news to Facebook, Twitter, websites and bloggers. We hear how technology has changed journalism since this program first went on the air in the year 2000.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-fake_news_social_media_and_a_new_news_order-171109.mp3




US elections: How far have we come since Bush v. Gore?

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

This program began in the year 2000 with coverage of the contested election of President George W. Bush. Changes in the following 17 years were supposed to improve the integrity of the electoral process. Is the "guarantee" that every American has the right to vote more — or less — a reality?  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-us_elections_how_far_have_we_come_since_bush_v_gore-171108.mp3




The American military in the age of endless war

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

In this last week before To the Point becomes a weekly podcast, and we're looking back at what's changed since our program began. During 16 of our 17 years, the US has been a nation at war. Today, we hear about the "military-industrial complex" Dwight Eisenhower warned about and how it's shaping the country.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_american_military_in_the_age_of_endless_war-171107.mp3




How politicized is the federal judiciary?

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0800

The US Supreme Court decided the Presidential election in the year 2000. The majority over-ruled the courts of Florida despite promises to uphold states rights. That was the first big story for this program. Today we look at what's happened since.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-how_politicized_is_the_federal_judiciary-171106.mp3




The winners and losers of the GOP tax reform bill

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0700

After failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, President Trump and Republicans in both Houses of Congress want reform of another kind -- before Christmas. Will they be able to pass their tax cuts that soon? What's at stake for next year's elections?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_winners_and_losers_of_the_gop_tax_reform_bill-171103.mp3




Russian trolls and American thinking

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Big Tech was on the defensive this week on Capitol Hill. Twitter, Facebook, and Google held back their famous CEO's and sent their lawyers to be grilled by members of both parties. But Republicans and Democrats may have learned more than expected. Russian disinformation is aimed at creating social upheaval not just at partisan politics. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-russian_trolls_and_american_thinking-171102.mp3




Terror, ISIS and the political blame game

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In New York yesterday, a 29-year-old Green Card holder from Uzbekistan mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path near the rebuilt World Trade Center. Eight people were killed — at least six were tourists from Argentina and Belgium.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-terror_isis_and_the_political_blame_game-171101.mp3




The US ramps up preparedness for nuclear war

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize with his promise to work for an end to nuclear weapons—but he began "modernizing" the arsenal anyway. President Trump is accelerating the process. We hear progress reports and conflicting opinions about the first buildup since the end of the Cold War. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_us_ramps_up_preparedness_for_nuclear_war-171031.mp3




Indictments and partisan gridlock in Russia probe

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

One-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was in court today to face charges including money laundering and conspiracy against the United States to avoid paying taxes. Also today, a low-level aide pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about trying to set up a meeting with Russians and the Trump campaign. We look for connections. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-indictments_and_partisan_gridlock_in_russia_probe-171030.mp3




Make China Great Again

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's trip to Asia will take him to Beijing -- as the President of that country, Xi Jinping, is being called the world's most powerful leader. We hear what that could mean for other countries, especially the US — and for the Chinese people.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-make_china_great_again-171027.mp3




Can a defeated ISIS keep its brand alive?

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 04:00:00 -0700

ISIS may have been defeated in Iraq and Syria, but the ideology that motivated the Islamic State isn't dead yet. We hear about ISIS "provinces" around the world… and about fighters who've returned to their home countries.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_a_defeated_isis_keep_its_brand_alive-171026.mp3




GOP Senator Jeff Flake 'no longer complicit or silent'

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Two Republican Senators — Bob Corker of Tennessee, and now Jeff Flake of Arizona — say they won't run for re-election next year. It's all about what they call President Trump's outrageous behavior. Is the president losing his party, or are the dissidents conceding he's running the show?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-gop_senator_jeff_flake_no_longer_complicit_or_silent-171025.mp3




Will massive tax cuts unite the GOP?

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

"Tax reform" is a process that's full of political pitfalls. That's one reason it's only tried every few decades. President Trump has promised "the biggest tax cuts ever" — which is — even in times of bipartisan unity -- easier said than done.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_massive_tax_cuts_unite_the_gop-171024.mp3




Will the Harvey Weinstein scandal be a watershed moment?

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

It's been decades since Hollywood liberals denounced the "casting couch" and vowed to end "sexual harassment." But revelations about Harvey Weinstein reveal the hypocrisy of the film industry… and much more.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_the_harvey_weinstein_scandal_be_a_watershed_moment-171023.mp3




Bannon, Moore storm the establishment barricades

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump appealed to the frustrated base of the Republican Party, and Steve Bannon rode Trump's train to the White House. Now, Bannon's out on his own -- fomenting revolution against the GOP establishment—especially leadership in the Senate. Where's President Trump as the battle lines are being drawn? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-bannon_moore_storm_the_establishment_barricades-171020.mp3




Sifting through the ashes: Cleanup and questions after the fires

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Wildfire is all too familiar in the Golden State, but last week's record-setting blazes in Northern California left behind something new — more property damage over a wider area with more human casualties than ever before. We hear about likely causes, the struggle to clean up and the possibility of prevention.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-sifting_through_the_ashes_clean_up_and_questions_after_the_fires-171019.mp3




Political dueling and the future of the ACA

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Uncertainty about the fate of Obamacare grows by the day, with key factors including bipartisanship in the Senate, opposition deeper than ever in Congress -- and a president who veers from one side to the other. We talk with Maryland's attorney general and others about what's at stake from the state house to the doctor's office. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-political_dueling_and_the_future_of_the_aca-171018.mp3




Will the NFL find common ground on national anthem protests?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

National Football League team owners are meeting today to craft a unified message about political protest. Men and women athletes in other sports are protesting too. We hear how one man's refusal to stand for the flag has demonstrated the inseparable relationship between sports and politics. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_the_nfl_find_common_ground_on_national_anthem_protests-171017.mp3




Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:00 -0700

Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-author_masha_gessen_on_the_appeal_of_putin_and_trump-171016.mp3




A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.  


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_month_later_puerto_ricans_still_stranded_by_hurricane_maria-171016.mp3




Is Trump trying to sink both Obamacare and the Iran deal?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump is trying to make good this week on two campaign promises that upend the legacies of his predecessor. Jamil Smith guest hosts.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_trump_trying_to_sink_both_obamacare_and_the_iran_deal-171013.mp3




Weinstein: sex, power and changing our culture of acceptance

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The list of women accusing Harvey Weinstein of everything from workplace harassment to rape keeps growing. Guest host Jamil Smith explores why Hollywood's "open secret" has spilled into public now. Is it about sex or power? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-weinstein_sex_power_and_changing_our_culture_of_acceptance-171012.mp3




A view inside of the reclusive North Korea

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host Todd Purdum gets a rare first-hand look inside North Korea, the most isolated nation in the modern world. Is it the flash point of a new Cold War that might turn hot?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_view_inside_of_the_reclusive_north_korea-171011.mp3




Can Democrats ride their populist wave or will it sink the party?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host Todd Purdum discusses the Democratic Party's growing ideological – and generational – divide and its implications for the 2018 midterms and beyond.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_democrats_ride_their_populist_wave_or_will_it_sink_the_party-171010.mp3




The misinformation war gets out of hand

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host Jamil Smith discusses journalism's battle to stand out amidst a flood of fake news and conspiracy theories, and what, if anything, Silicon Valley is doing to help.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_misinformation_war_gets_out_of_hand-171009.mp3




A fragile state of (foreign) affairs

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A minor political player before last year's upset election is now a high-paid lobbyist with access to heads of state.  That's just one example of how the State Department's being hollowed out while Secretary Rex Tillerson and President Trump are reportedly at odds both publicly and personally.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_fragile_state_of_foreign_affairs-171006.mp3




Catalans seek to declare independence from Spain

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Spain's central government cracked down brutally Sunday on voters during a referendum on independence in Catalonia, the country's wealthiest province. We hear what's happening there — and about potential consequences in other parts of the European Union.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-catalans_seek_to_declare_independence_from_spain-171005.mp3




Comforter-in-Chief v. Divider-in-Chief

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump showered sympathy and resources on Texas and Florida after they were struck by hurricanes. But it's not been like that for Puerto Rico — which may have been hit even worse. We hear about the rising death toll and the delay in military assistance. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-comforter_in_chief_v_divider_in_chief-171004.mp3




Could the Vegas attack lead to new politics?

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The nation is still reeling over Sunday's atrocity in Las Vegas. Will the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history break the political deadlock between gun ownership and gun control? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-could_the_vegas_attack_lead_to_new_politics-171003.mp3




The Las Vegas Strip turned into a war zone

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0700

A gunman shot and killed at least 58 people and wounded more than 500 at a Country Music Festival.  President Trump has called for national after the incident he described as “an act of pure evil.”


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_las_vegas_strip_turned_into_a_war_zone-171002.mp3




Opioids, doctors and drug addiction

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Medical advances should be driving America's average life expectancy up. But instead, it's going down. The cause is an epidemic of deadly overdoses, driven by doctors -- over-prescribing legal painkillers that make their patients addicted to drugs. We hear about prevention… and treatment.   


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_calls_the_opioid_crisis_a_national_emergency-170929.mp3




'One Nation after Trump'

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0700

Just nine months into his presidency, Donald Trump has only begun to form a government. But we already have a new book. One Nation after Trump is subtitled "A Guide for the Perplexed, the Desperate and the Not-Yet Deported." Is it preliminary, even presumptuous to start planning for the country after the 45th president? The book has three authors, EJ Dionne and Thomas Mann -- veteran journalists with the Brookings Institution -- and Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, who joins us today.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-one_nation_after_trump-170928.mp3




Russia's social media meddling in the spotlight

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

US Intelligence says Russia used social media during last year's election to help Donald Trump become President. Twitter and Facebook are now under investigation. How much were they part of the action, and what did they know? Can digital interference in politics be prevented?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-russias_social_media_meddling_in_the_spotlight-170928.mp3




Will a hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico ever recover?

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Hurricane Maria strafed Puerto Rico with winds up to 150 miles an hour for ten straight hours. We hear about the humanitarian consequences, the property damage and relief efforts… in slow motion.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_a_hurricane_ravaged_puerto_rico_ever_recover-170927.mp3




Is 'repeal and replace' dead?

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Just four days remain for the latest Republican effort to "repeal and replace" Obamacare, and it seems doomed for failure. If so, it's a dramatic ending on Capitol Hill.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_repeal_and_replace_dead-170926.mp3




Can Trump undo the nuclear deal with Iran?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Iran is thumbing its nose at tough talk from President Trump.  His call for renegotiating the nuclear deal is falling flat with diplomats from other countries. Their priority is weapons that already exist… in North Korea, which said today that Trump has "declared war."


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_trump_undo_the_nuclear_deal_with_iran-170925.mp3




The silent suffering of Myanmar's Rohingya

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Former supporters of Aung San Suu Kyi, the elected leader of Myanmar, are demanding that she give up her Nobel Peace Prize. She's been silent about vicious atrocities committed by the military in her Buddhist-majority country. We get the background of a humanitarian crisis that's not as simple as it looks.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_silent_suffering_of_myanmars_rohingya-170922.mp3




Raids, warrants and wiretaps: Mueller's investigation heats up

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Recent revelations spell bad news for Paul Manafort, President Trump's one-time campaign chair. We get a progress report on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's involvement in last year's presidential campaign. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-raids_warrants_and_wiretaps_muellers_investigation_heats_up-170921.mp3




Should Big Tech get the anti-trust treatment?

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In Washington, progressives and conservatives are alarmed by the power of Silicon Valley — suggesting that Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon are monopolies in need of regulation. We look at the pros and cons — and the political realities.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-should_big_tech_get_the_anti_trust_treatment-170920.mp3




Trump threatens to 'totally destroy' North Korea

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump played Good-Cop Bad-Cop today in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly. He told world leaders the US is ready to "destroy" North Korea — while saying that nations should work together… each in its own self-interest. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_threatens_to_totally_destroy_north_korea-170919.mp3




Trump, DACA and the buds of bipartisanship

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump struck a deal last week with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Or did he? Sometimes he sounds like he did and sometimes he doesn't. We look at what might or might not be next for the Dreamers protected by DACA.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trump_daca_and_the_buds_of_bipartisanship-170918.mp3




Disasters don't discriminate but relief efforts do

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Harvey and Irma: two major disasters, one right after the other. We look at where the suffering is worst while federal relief money will be running out almost as soon as it's been spent.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-disasters_dont_discriminate_but_relief_efforts_do-170915.mp3




Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders jockey for relevance

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The split between grass roots Democrats and Party regulars, with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders back in the spotlight this week.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-hillary_clinton_and_bernie_sanders_jockey_for_relevance-170914.mp3




FCC's plan to roll back net neutrality

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The FCC's received 22 million comments on its proposal to eliminate "net neutrality" for Internet access. Now the public comment period's over, and a final decision is likely to come very soon. We hear why a regulatory issue has generated so much interest and what the potential consequences might be for Internet users every day.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-fccs_plan_to_roll_back_net_neutrality-170913.mp3




Is big tech an existential threat?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0700

Today's big monopolies aren't like those of the Gilded Age. Instead of dominating a single industry, Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple “aspire to encompass all of existence.” 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_big_tech_an_existential_threat-170912.mp3




Can a diminished EPA still be an effective EPA?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Texas, Florida and other states face years of environmental consequences from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. At the same time, the Trump Administration is downsizing the Environmental Protection Agency and weakening rules for protection. We hear what that could mean.   


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_a_diminished_epa_still_be_an_effective_epa-170912.mp3




Hurricane Irma makes US landfall

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The sun is out in the Florida Keys and massive damage from Irma is all too visible. The storm is still battering Jacksonville and heading Northward. We update the weather as relief efforts get underway.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-hurricane_irma_makes_us_landfall-170911.mp3




Unwise alliances or practical deal making

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has suddenly struck up a cross-party alliance with leading Congressional Democrats.  Outraged Republicans want to know: is he playing the Democrats or are the Democrats playing him?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-unwise_alliances_or_practical_deal_making-170908.mp3




Category 4 Hurricane Irma is US-bound, are we prepared?

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Just days after Harvey devastated so much of Texas and parts of Louisiana, the monster hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. Two other storms are building in the Atlantic. Is America protecting itself from potential disasters in the near future?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-category_4_hurricane_irma_is_us_bound_are_we_prepared-170907.mp3




Does the president want to kill DACA… or not?

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Yesterday, President Trump cancelled DACA, but hours later he tweeted, if Congress doesn't renew it in six months, he'll "revisit" the program. We hear what that could mean. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-does_the_president_want_to_kill_daca_or_not-170906.mp3




Is the dream over for the Dreamers?

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

some 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought to this country as children are now in limbo. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is not just illegal, but that it's had very negative consequences


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_the_dream_over_for_the_dreamers-170905.mp3




Sinclair, One America and conservative takeover of local news

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 13:00:00 -0700

One TV station owner's about to get access to more than 70 percent of American households. Local newscasts are being required to carry conservative commentaries produced by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-sinclair_one_america_and_conservative_takeover_of_local_news_2017_09_04-170904.mp3




Is Harvey a wake-up call?

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:00:00 -0700

It’s not just Houston, but much of the Gulf Coast--suffering record damage with Hurricane Season just beginning. We’ll hear how Harvey compares to other storms in the rest of the world and what it could mean for the future.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_harvey_a_wake_up_call-170901.mp3




Hurricane Harvey and the upcoming budget battle

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The best laid plans of Republicans and Democrats are likely to go astray when Congress returns on Tuesday. Damages from Tropical Storm Harvey will be political as well as financial and the impacts will last until the mid-term elections in November of next year.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-hurricane_harvey_and_the_upcoming_budget_battle-170831.mp3




What happens after the storm abates?

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Tens of thousands in Houston are living through a disaster all too much like New Orleans went through when it was struck by Katrina just 12 years ago. We talk about the struggle for recovery from one disaster while making plans for the next one.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-tropical_storm_harvey_days_of_rain_years_of_pain-170830.mp3




Gulf states brace for a long recovery in Harvey's wake

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

In Texas, some 13 million people live in zones either flooded already or under flood watch — with one trillion gallons of water inundating Harris County in just four days. The rain continues to set national records and floodwaters are still rising. Rescue efforts may last for weeks into the future.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-gulf_states_brace_for_a_long_recovery_in_harveys_wake-170829.mp3




America's fourth-largest city is under water

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

One weather expert says what we're seeing in Houston, "could go down as the worst flood disaster in US history." We hear about Houston — how it became so vulnerable to massive flooding and how President Trump is handling federal assistance.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-americas_fourth_largest_city_is_under_water-170828.mp3




Zinke recommends rolling back some national monuments

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump has stirred controversy in the Western States by taking aim at National Monuments protected by former presidents. As he looks at recommendations that he shrink them in size, does he have the legal power?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-zinke_recommends_rolling_back_some_national_monuments-170825.mp3




Bannon unchained

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Steve Bannon may be out of the White House, but his style of politics and political propaganda lives on. Back at Breitbart News, Bannon has said he will use the tools at his disposal to go after those who oppose his agenda of economic populism. Guest host León Krauze considers, when it comes to the White House, is Bannon a friend or foe?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-bannon_unchained-170824.mp3




Free speech and neo-Nazis

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The ACLU's protection of free speech in the public square has made it a frequent target of the conservative Right. Now, deadly violence in Charlottesville has it under attack from the Left — including some of its own members. We hear arguments about the limits of free speech. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-free_speech_and_neo_nazis-170823.mp3




President Trump and America's 'forever war'

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Photo: Afghan men watch the TV broadcast of the US President Donald Trump's speech, in Kabul, Afghanistan August 22, 2017 (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-president_trump_and_americas_forever_war-170822.mp3




Trump's base: Collapsing, holding fast or somewhere in between?

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's approval ratings are falling fast, and he's accused of equating violent white nationalists with protesters against them.  What's the impact on his public support and the Republican Party?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-trumps_base_collapsing_holding_fast_or_somewhere_in_between-170821.mp3




Race politics and the NFL's culture of silence

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Devoted sports fans may not like it, but America's most divisive controversy has reached the National Football League. We'll hear how players are speaking out — for racial equality and protection from debilitating injury.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-race_politics_and_the_nfls_culture_of_silence-170818.mp3




White supremacy on campuses: Moral crisis for higher education?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Last weekend's deadly violence at the University of Virginia is a wake-up-call for leaders of higher education. It's another example of how the so-called alt-right is recruiting on campuses—utilizing protections for free speech. We hear about possible responses to a challenging strategy.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-white_supremacy_on_campuses_moral_crisis_for_higher_education-170817.mp3




The president boosts white supremacists

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Once again, President Trump is blaming "both sides" for this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia — legitimizing white supremacy like no other modern president. We hear much more.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_president_boosts_white_supremacists-170816.mp3




North Korea and Trump diplomacy

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Kim Jung Un has backed away from his plan to target missiles near Guam. Is that the result of President Trump's tough talk? Former Defense Chief Leon Panetta says, "It's not time to declare victory, yet." We talk with him and others. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-north_korea_and_trump_diplomacy-170815.mp3




President Trump and the alt-right: a test of leadership

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

After two days of demands for "moral clarity" — from black leaders to conservative Republican Senators — President Trump delivered a new statement on racism – but only after he listed a few of his economic achievements.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-president_trump_and_the_alt_right_a_test_of_leadership-170814.mp3







Affirmative action debate revived

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Is the Trump Administration on the hunt for "reverse discrimination" in college admissions — the exclusion of whites on behalf of blacks and Latinos? We hear about the politics of affirmative action — after decades of new laws and legal precedents.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-affirmative_action_debate_revived-170810.mp3




The war of words between North Korea and the US

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jung Un made provocative statements yesterday about the use of nuclear weapons. What are their respective messages, and do they understand one another? 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_war_of_words_between_north_korea_and_the_us-170809.mp3




RAISE Act cuts legal immigration by half, promises to lift wages

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The President says legal immigration should be cut in half, with Green Cards based on "merit" and not on family connections. Would the US survive as a "nation of immigrants" if it only admitted "the best and the brightest?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-raise_act_cuts_legal_immigration_by_half_promises_to_lift_wages-170808.mp3




Can a general 'unchaos' the White House?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

With the President away, his White House Staff will play — unless former General John Kelly can establish rules of order in his new role as chief of a group he himself has called "dysfunctional." We hear about his challenges and his record.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_a_general_unchaos_the_white_house-170807.mp3




The brave new world of genetic engineering

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Gene editing now used for agriculture and developing drugs can also prevent inherited human diseases. We hear the pros and cons of the latest breakthrough in medical science.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_brave_new_world_of_genetic_engineering-170804.mp3




Will the US help Venezuela or hurt it?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Venezuela is said to be on the verge of becoming a failed state, and President Nicholas Maduro has increased political instability by staging what's being called a fraudulent election. We hear about potential American sanctions; will they make things better or worse?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_the_us_help_venezuela_or_hurt_it-170803.mp3




President Trump touts a booming economy

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The New York Stock Exchange hit another record today, and the President says that means the economy's booming. Who's reaping the benefits and who's not? What about calls for "tax reform?"


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-president_trump_touts_a_booming_economy-170802.mp3




The isolation of the State Department in Trump's White House

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Career diplomats say the Trump Administration is "hollowing out" the State Department with no clear foreign policy from the Secretary of State or the White House. Congress is already showing impatience as the President has yet to sign a sanctions bill passed with veto-proof majorities.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_isolation_of_the_state_department_in_trumps_white_house-170801.mp3




A one-two punch on LGBT rights

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump's new policies on gender and sexual orientation are a far cry from his promises during last year's election. We hear what they could mean at job sites and in the military. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_one_two_punch_on_lgbt_rights-170731.mp3




A dramatic defeat for the GOP's health care plan

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Last night Republican failed to repeal parts of Obamacare — even with control of the White House and both houses of Congress. A desperation plan called "skinny repeal" failed in the Senate — with John McCain casting the decisive "no" vote. What's next for the party that’s supposed to be "in control?"


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-a_dramatic_defeat_for_the_gops_health_care_plan-170728.mp3




Chaos and rivalries in the White House and the cabinet

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Republicans in the Senate say President Trump has gone off the tracks with attacks on their former colleague, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Meantime, top White House aides are battling each other in public.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-chaos_and_rivalries_in_the_white_house_and_the_cabinet-20170727%20retry.mp3




The San Antonio tragedy: How to make a border safe for everyone

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The gruesome deaths of people found in a smuggler's truck in San Antonio dramatizes the desperation of people trying to cross illegally. Would the border wall now being considered by Congress make conditions better?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_san_antonio_tragedy_how_to_make_a_border_safe_for_everyone-170726.mp3




Will a Democrat economic reboot translate into regaining power?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Since Donald Trump's upset of Hillary Clinton last year, Democrats have lost four special elections in different parts of the country. Now they're trying to persuade voters they're more than the Party against President Trump. We hear their opening offers.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-will_a_democrat_economic_reboot_translate_into_regaining_power-170725.mp3




Why can't the GOP seem to get anything done?

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Republicans in Washington got their wish: one-party control of Congress, the Senate and the White House. After seven years of promises, why can't they get anything done?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-why_cant_the_gop_seem_to_get_anything_done-170724.mp3




Do we need to be 'scared straight' on Climate Change?

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Maybe you're one of the two million people who read or shared the recent New York Magazine cover story, which dares to imagine an "uninhabitable Earth." Maybe you liked it. Maybe you found it unhelpful or excessive. In this special rebroadcast of To the Point, guest host León Krauze  asks, is it an exercise in journalistic alarmism or necessary scientific awareness?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-do_we_need_to_be_scared_straight_on_climate_change_2017_07_21-170721.mp3




Following the money in the Russia investigation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump is warning special prosecutor Robert Mueller not to dig too deep into his family's finances. But that seems to be a direction the investigation is heading. Guest host Josh Barro speaks with four guests who can provide an idea of where that inquiry might lead.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-following_the_money_in_the_russia_investigation-170720.mp3




With changing technology, is 'Made in America' the right agenda?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The White House has declared this 'Made in America' week, showcasing products made entirely in the country. But when we say something is 'made in America' the next question is where in America? Guest host León Krauze takes a tour of American capitalism in the digital era.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-with_changing_technology_is_made_in_america_the_right_agenda-170719.mp3




GOP healthcare collapses

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Guest host León Krauze looks at the sudden failure of the Republican attempt to replace Obamacare and what comes next, especially for the party that made this a campaign promise ever since 2010. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-gop_healthcare_collapses-170718.mp3




The Senate healthcare bill nears the home stretch

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The Republican-controlled Senate has had a hard time repealing and replacing Obamacare, a goal for the party since 2010. And now the latest attempt by Mitch McConnell got a surprise delay. Guest host León Krauze explores whether that will weaken the bill's chances. If it succeeds, does it even resemble a truly Republican version of a healthcare project?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_senate_healthcare_bill_nears_the_home_stretch-170717.mp3




Do we need to be 'scared straight' on climate change?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Maybe you're one of the two million people who read or shared the recent New York Magazine cover story, which dares to imagine an "uninhabitable Earth." Maybe you liked it. Maybe you found it unhelpful or excessive. Guest host León Krauze  asks, is it an exercise in journalistic alarmism or necessary scientific awareness?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-do_we_need_to_be_scared_straight_on_climate_change-20170714%20EDIT.mp3




Iraqi forces declare victory over ISIS in Mosul

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Western backed Iraqi forces have struck a blow against the Islamic State by devastating half the city of Mosul, leaving more than 700,000 refugees. Will the US and other allies help to rebuild — as ISIS violence continues?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-iraqi_forces_declare_victory_over_isis_in_mosul-170713.mp3




Is Trump, Jr. email evidence of Russian collusion?

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

The President's son has now been caught up in the maelstrom over Russian interference in last year's campaign. We hear how he explains his involvement in an ongoing scandal with profound consequences for American democracy.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-is_trump_jr_e_mail_evidence_of_russian_collusion-170712.mp3




Sinclair, One America and conservative takeover of local news

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

One TV station owner's about to get access to more than 70 percent of American households. Local newscasts are being required to carry conservative commentaries produced by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-media_competition_for_fox_news-170711.mp3




Can the feds make a dent in Chicago's violent crime epidemic?

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

President Trump is "sending the feds" to Chicago. Can 20 new agents help get gun violence under control or is this a political stunt with racial undertones?


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-can_the_feds_make_a_dent_in_chicagos_violent_crime_epidemic-170710.mp3




The summit within the summit

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 11:00:00 -0700

Overshadowing other news at the G-20 is the first meeting of Presidents Trump and Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg Germany. The leaders met behind closed doors for two hours and 16 minutes -- more than twice what had been expected. 


Media Files:
https://podcast-download.kcrw.com/kcrw/audio/podcast/news/tp/KCRW-to_the_point-the_summit_within_the_summit-170707.mp3