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KCRW's To The Point Podcast by Warren Olney

KCRW's To The Point Podcast

by Warren Olney

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Hosted by Warren Olney, "To the Point" is a fast-paced, news based one-hour daily national program that focuses on the hot-button issues of the day, co-produced by KCRW and Public Radio International.
Featuring three discrete segments - Newsmaker, Main Topic, Reporter's Notebook - To the Point presents informative and thought-provoking back-and-forth discussion. A mix of guests cover a range of concerns - politics, international affairs, technology, the environment - the front-page stories that attract a savvy news audience.
Olney and his talented team of producers understand that the key to a good program is casting. With one of the richest rollodexes in broadcasting, the producers spend considerable time and effort selecting the guests. The line-up is constructed to juxtapose ideas that illuminate the issue.
Olney gets to the point with hard-hitting questions that advance the story. He keeps the pace of the program fast and exciting. And the result is smart, relevant radio.

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Reviewer cajkkw
 February 17, 2006
Those looking for in-depth coverage of the major events going on in the world will be happy with this podcast. Warren Olney discusses several issues per show, bringing on guests that are experts in their fields and know what they are talking about. The shows are smart, informative, and most important of all, do not shy away from controversy.
You get to hear both sides of the argument since they bring on guests from all sides of the political spectrum. I like how Mr. Olney never takes sides; he simply asks questions and let the guests answer. Sound quality is great. Overall, listening to one episode of this podcast is more enlightening and informative than watching basic TV news for days.

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  • Imprisoning our mentally ill?
    Thu, Jun 21, 2018

    American jails and prisons have become hospitals for the mentally ill. A murderer doing 20 years at New York’s Sing Sing prison works with schizophrenics serving 24 months for misdemeanors. He tells Warren that sick people should be treated outside. The Sheriff in Chicago says it’s not just inhumane but a waste of taxpayers’ money. How did we get here? What can be done?

  • Did Trump get conned by Kim?
    Wed, Jun 13, 2018

    Six months after threatening nuclear warfare, “little rocket man” and the “dotard” were talking peace in Singapore. Beyond the hype, did President Trump and Kim Jong Un really mean it? A seasoned diplomat, a UN nuclear weapons inspector and veteran journalists provide contrasting assessments.

  • Post primary wrap, what’s the takeaway?
    Thu, Jun 07, 2018

    California’s billed as the heart of “resistance” to President Trump. But in this month’s Golden State primary, young and Latino voters stayed home. That’s produced a clash of voices between Progressive Democrats and Clinton-era Centrists. What will that mean come November with control of the Congress at stake?

  • The politics of prison reform
    Thu, May 31, 2018

    Prison reform is moving in Red States, Blue States and (maybe) on Capitol Hill. But America still incarcerates more people than any other country-- including China. Meantime, the Trump White House is divided. Jared Kushner is pushing sentence reform, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to stay “tough on crime.” What are the prospects for much needed change?

  • California and America’s future
    Tue, May 29, 2018

    Less than 10 years ago, historian Kevin Starr warned that California might be “the first failed state in America.” But, despite that dire prediction, the Golden State is now roaring back. Is California’s resurgence establishing pattern for America?

  • Trump’s war on the FBI
    Thu, May 24, 2018

    Donald Trump claims rogue FBI agents are part of a Deep State he accuses of “spying” on his presidential campaign. A former agent tells Warren the “the FBI doesn’t spy… it catches spies.” Shades of Watergate? Richard Nixon’s former White House lawyer, John Dean, says, “no way.”

  • Touching down in fly-over country
    Mon, May 21, 2018

    Dodge City, Kansas and Erie, Pennsylvania may have something in common. That’s just one surprise in “Our Towns,” a new book by James and Deborah Fallows. The veteran Atlantic magazine correspondent and his scholarly wife spent two weeks in each of 25 different cities. Their search for America’s character provides anecdotes, comparisons and distinctions after a journey of 100,000 miles.

  • Diplomacy in Jerusalem, death in Gaza
    Wed, May 16, 2018

    As the U.S. moved its embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers were killing unarmed protesters in Gaza. Good politics for Trump and Netanyahu, but how long will that last--especially if support for Israel becomes a partisan issue in the U.S.?

  • Teachers are battling back
    Mon, May 14, 2018

    Teachers are mad as hell in several red states. They’re walking out over cuts in pay and reductions in classroom support. It’s a grass-roots rebellion from West Virginia to Kentucky and Arizona. Will it renew support for the value of public education in a changing economy?

  • After the Iran Nuclear Deal: Does Trump have a Plan B
    Thu, May 10, 2018

    President Trump made good on a campaign promise. The U.S. is out of the “horrible” “one-sided” Iran nuclear deal. Can it stop Iran from restoring its nuclear program? Make diplomatic peace with allies in Europe? Convince North Korea the U.S. can be trusted?

  • Autocracy, Theocracy and… paperwork
    Thu, May 03, 2018

    Last month in Berlin, Warren visited the archives of Stasi, the Communist secret police of East Germany. He learned that paperwork was almost as important to oppressive control as maintaining a climate of fear. Then he heard Rukmini Callamachi’s podcast, “Caliphate,” about gathering records from ISIS. The result is a riveting conversation between Callamachi and Dagmar Hovestadt, spokesperson for the Stasi Museum.  

  • Cuban U.S. relations
    Mon, Apr 30, 2018

    Since 1959 a member of the Castro family has led Cuba, but last week Cuba installed a new president, Miguel D?az-Canel. This historic and highly anticipated event passed almost unnoticed, so what are the chances of meaningful change on the island or between Cuba and the United States? Also, the untold story of “intimate diplomacy” between ABC news anchor Lisa Howard and Cuba’s revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.

  • Immigration enforcement and family breakups
    Thu, Apr 26, 2018

    Seven hundred children have been separated from adults applying for asylum at the Mexican border. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that’s what it takes to prevent immigration fraud--even if it means breaking up families. A federal court is deciding whether to end the practice.

  • Scott Pruitt and James Comey: In and out of the Trump Administration
    Thu, Apr 19, 2018

    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?

  • What’s the global state of democracy?
    Fri, Apr 13, 2018

    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.

  • The internet, privacy and data protection
    Thu, Apr 12, 2018

    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

  • Nuclear weapons in the 21st Century
    Wed, Apr 04, 2018

    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.

  • Election integrity in 2018 and Truth Decay
    Thu, Mar 29, 2018

    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?

  • How to fix the future
    Thu, Mar 22, 2018

    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?

  • Does universal health care have a future?
    Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    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?

  • Trump’s family ties
    Thu, Mar 08, 2018

    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?

  • Parkland students take the lead on gun control
    Thu, Mar 01, 2018

    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?

  • Conservatives booed at CPAC
    Tue, Feb 27, 2018

    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.

  • Ronen Bergman on Israel’s targeted assassinations
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018

    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.

  • Standing up for Democracy
    Thu, Feb 22, 2018

    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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    • Published: 2002
    • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: K007248