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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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The Winter Games and Korean detente

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Americans have a lot to learn about North Korea. The conversation shouldn’t be only about nuclear weapons or handshakes.

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Restoring public confidence in our institutions

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Are President Trump and allies in Congress eroding public trust in democratic government? Even a former Republican governor warns that attacks on Special Counsel Robert Mueller have gone too far. A constitutional scholar and a former FBI agent see real threats to both federal law enforcement and national security.

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Has the ‘Year of the Woman’ finally arrived?

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Women’s Rights are still not guaranteed by the Constitution, despite generations of effort. Will #MeToo, #TimesUp and backlash against President Trump make this a year of liberation? More women are running for office than ever before. And black women are especially energized. We’ll hear how times may be changing for women--in culture and at the ballot box.

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The shutdown highlights a broken system

Thu, 25 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0800

“To the Point” goes beyond the current blame game and explains the political calculations behind government shutdowns. You need to know, because the next one may be just weeks away. You’ll get the history of a self-defeating strategy the mainstream media don’t have time to tell you. On our Talking Point: the continuing Trump Campaign wears out the best of reporters.

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What being American meant to Martin Luther King

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 15:00:00 -0800

This was the week the nation observed the birthday and celebrated the achievements of Martin Luther King. But, despite what he accomplished, King himself felt unfulfilled up to the time he was murdered. His goals had not been yet been met as told by David Garrow, King’s Pulitzer Prize winning biographer. Garrow’s anecdotes and insights include what was likely King’s greatest disappointment.

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Justice for farmworkers

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Conditions for agricultural laborers in the US have been described by the UN as “appalling." But tomato workers in Florida have won their freedom from virtual slave labor.

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An abdication from global leadership?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Donald Trump may be withdrawing America from global leadership. But previous presidents have flubbed that role since the end of the Cold War. What will disengagement from the rest of the world mean for the U.S. and its allies in Europe?

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Are millennials embracing democratic socialism?

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Millennials helped Democrats to a major upset in Alabama’s Senate race. Will their growing preference for socialism be a threat to party unity in this year’s Congressional elections? Idealists and realists disagree. Added Attraction: Robin Wright on the background and the future of instability in Iran.

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What is the deep state?

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 12:00:00 -0800

Polls show 48 percent of Americans believe a deep state of bureaucrats is out to sabotage President Trump. But the Deep State is much more than a right-wing conspiracy theory, and it's much older than last year's election.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Gun control, then and now

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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?  

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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