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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


What Being American Meant to Martin Luther King

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. That’s what Warren was told by David Garrow, King’s Pulitzer Prize winning biographer. Garrow’s anecdotes and insights include what was likely King’s greatest disappointment. It makes for fascinating listening.

Duration: 00:49:48

Justice for Farmworkers

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.

Duration: 01:02:27

An abdication from global leadership?

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?

Duration: 00:44:25

Are millennials embracing democratic socialism?

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.

Duration: 00:54:59

What is the deep state?

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.

Duration: 00:39:46

After Alabama, what's next for the GOP?

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.

Duration: 00:42:48

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

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