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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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Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0700

EPA Director Scott Pruitt is undergoing an ethics investigation, but his Obama-Era predecessor, Gina McCarthy, says the real scandal is that he “doesn’t know what he’s doing.” We’ll also tackle the backlash against fired FBI Director James Comey. Can his credibility survive angry public exchanges with President Trump?

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What’s the global state of democracy?

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0700

Roughly six months ago Swedish author and journalist Bruno Kaufmann set off on a democracy tour. He’s visited more than 20 countries on four continents; his mission was to assess the global state of democracy.

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The internet, privacy and data protection

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0700

Mark Zuckerberg survived this week’s Congressional grilling. But Facebook still profits on free information: yours and mine. Three experts on big data explain how it works and lay out the risks as well as the benefits. Also, a veteran of Washington’s war games says President Trump is right to want U.S. troops out of Syria

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Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0700

President Trump and Kim Jong Un have revived fears about weapons of mass destruction. But “tactical” nuclear weapons for use on the battlefield are still around, too. Is President Trump--like Barack Obama before him--relaying on a World War II technology ill-adapted to modern threats like cyber warfare? Also, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lawrence Wright on his new miniseries “The Looming Tower” about the FBI, CIA and September 11th.

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Election integrity in 2018 and Truth Decay

Thu, 29 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0700

After the revelations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, do American voters have faith that this won’t happen again? As the lines between opinion and fact continue to be blurred, how do we learn to navigate the changing information landscape?

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How to fix the future

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:00:00 -0700

Silicon Valley has been the driver of tech innovation that has changed the world. But there’s been a backlash. Other countries are showing the way to transparency, enhanced privacy and consumer protection. In the meantime, will Facebook and Google help protect this year’s U.S. elections from Russian hacking?

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Does universal health care have a future?

Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0700

Despite controlling the White House and Congress, Republicans have failed to repeal Obamacare. But they are chipping away. Some Democrats advocate universal coverage. So, what’s in store for this year’s midterm elections? Has either side come up with a way to cut costs? To achieve that goal, is it time for doctors to change their focus--away from health care to health itself?

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Trump’s family ties

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

The Trump White House is rife with apparent conflicts of interest. Only Congress or Special Counsel Robert Mueller can determine whether they’re real. What’s at stake for America’s national interest when foreign governments are trying to manipulate Jared Kushner?

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Parkland students take the lead on gun control

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0800

Young people around the country are all fired up after the Parkland shooting. Veteran observers say they’re changing the atmosphere of debate about gun control. How realistic are their expectations about one of America’s most controversial issues?

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Conservatives booed at CPAC

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:00:00 -0800

Conservative columnist and political analyst Mona Charen was ready to fight at CPAC - the Conservative Political Action Conference. Now she says she was “glad to be booed.” On a special To the Point podcast, we’ll hear how her appearance went and why she and other conservatives feel betrayed by the Trump-Republican Party.

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Ronen Bergman on Israel’s targeted assassinations

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:30:00 -0800

Israeli intelligence agents now admit Palestinian leaders have been officially targeted for assassination--2700 times. Author Ronen Bergman talks about the unusual assassination tactics and how he recently challenged the Prime Minister of Poland over the country’s role in the Holocaust.

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Standing up for Democracy

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800

US Intelligence agencies are unanimous: Russia is still meddling in US elections. President Trump has called it a “hoax.” Is he at risk of becoming an unindicted co-conspirator?

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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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