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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.

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.
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Santa Monica, CA





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.




1900 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-450-5183


A second nuclear age?

For decades, the United States has faced no plausible nuclear threats but with the rapid advancement of North Korea’s nuclear program along with those of China, India, Pakistan and Iran, does nuclear non-proliferation make sense?

Duration: 00:43:18

How Putin helped Trump win

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.

Duration: 00:37:52

Sexual harassment: New rules to address age-old problems?

Is this country finally turning a corner when it comes to sexual harassment?

Duration: 00:45:14

Gun control, then and now

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

Duration: 00:34:20

How Big Tech improves and disrupts our lives

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.

Duration: 00:51:19

Fake news, social media and a new news order

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.

Duration: 00:51:18

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

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?

Duration: 00:53:01

The American military in the age of endless war

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.

Duration: 00:50:52

How politicized is the federal judiciary?

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.

Duration: 00:52:33

The winners and losers of the GOP tax reform bill

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?

Duration: 00:51:14

Russian trolls and American thinking

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.

Duration: 00:32:27

Terror, ISIS and the political blame game

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.

Duration: 00:51:15

The US ramps up preparedness for nuclear war

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.

Duration: 00:52:33

Indictments and partisan gridlock in Russia probe

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.

Duration: 00:52:23

Make China Great Again

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.

Duration: 00:52:32

Can a defeated ISIS keep its brand alive?

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.

Duration: 00:52:15

GOP Senator Jeff Flake 'no longer complicit or silent'

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?

Duration: 00:51:19

Will massive tax cuts unite the GOP?

"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.

Duration: 00:51:34

Will the Harvey Weinstein scandal be a watershed moment?

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.

Duration: 00:52:27

Bannon, Moore storm the establishment barricades

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?

Duration: 00:52:28

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