To the Point

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 conversations are informal, edgy and always informative. If Warren's asking, you want to know the answer.

This week’s Democratic presidential debates will feature 20 candidates, five moderators and a lot commercials. Potential voters might not be able to learn as much as they want to.

Political debate or political circus?

This week’s Democratic presidential debates will feature 20 candidates, five moderators and a lot commercials. Potential voters might not be able to learn as much as they want to.

In California, generations of victims have adapted, rebuilt and expanded development into fire-prone areas. But last year’s blazes set new records for massive destruction.

Are Californians prepared for more fires?

In California, generations of victims have adapted, rebuilt and expanded development into fire-prone areas. But last year’s blazes set new records for massive destruction.

When the Chief Executive lies repeatedly, what’s a reporter to do?  CNN’s Jim Acosta defends his multiple public challenges of Donald Trump in a book called, “The Enemy of the People.”

CNN and President Trump: Truth and Truth Decay

When the Chief Executive lies repeatedly, what’s a reporter to do?  CNN’s Jim Acosta defends his multiple public challenges of Donald Trump in a book called, “The Enemy of the People.”

Jet aircraft contribute 2% of all greenhouse gases--raising challenging questions.  Is there a moral obligation to travel less? What are the alternatives to going by plane?

To combat climate change, should you stop flying?

Jet aircraft contribute 2% of all greenhouse gases--raising challenging questions.  Is there a moral obligation to travel less? What are the alternatives to going by plane?

America is politically polarized, and the US Supreme Court is also divided. In a few days, it will answer two questions. Will non-citizens be counted in the next census?

Gerrymandering and the US Census put the Supreme Court in the 'political thicket'

America is politically polarized, and the US Supreme Court is also divided. In a few days, it will answer two questions. Will non-citizens be counted in the next census?

The federal government may have to stand trial for violating the rights of young people.

Climate change and the constitutional right to a livable future

The federal government may have to stand trial for violating the rights of young people.

Abortion is legal under federal law, but Red State Republicans are making it hard for women to exercise their constitutional right to choose.

Does Roe v. Wade have a future?

Abortion is legal under federal law, but Red State Republicans are making it hard for women to exercise their constitutional right to choose.

For the first time since 1972, California Democrats are positioned to make a difference. Fourteen candidates showed up for the party convention in San Francisco.

California Democrats and the Presidential Nomination

For the first time since 1972, California Democrats are positioned to make a difference. Fourteen candidates showed up for the party convention in San Francisco.

President Trump on the National Climate Assessment: “I don’t believe it.” Now he’s ordered federal agencies to downplay evidence-based predictions.

Can Trump Revoke Climate Science?

President Trump on the National Climate Assessment: “I don’t believe it.” Now he’s ordered federal agencies to downplay evidence-based predictions.

“Supreme Revenge” describes increasingly bitter battles over the highest court in the land. It’s the title of a Frontline documentary featuring Reagan, Obama and Trump.

The Supreme Court and Partisan Politics

“Supreme Revenge” describes increasingly bitter battles over the highest court in the land. It’s the title of a Frontline documentary featuring Reagan, Obama and Trump.

The biggest story of modern times is bad for audience ratings. To save money, news outlets are hiding the truth of environmental disaster.

Should ‘Climate Change’ be ‘Climate Crisis?’

The biggest story of modern times is bad for audience ratings. To save money, news outlets are hiding the truth of environmental disaster.

President Trump has invited Iran to “pick up the phone and call” him. He’s also threatened the “end” of that country. It’s the latest act  in a long international drama.

Does the Trump White House want war with Iran?

President Trump has invited Iran to “pick up the phone and call” him. He’s also threatened the “end” of that country. It’s the latest act  in a long international drama.

All the White House hopefuls talk about Climate Change. But Democrat Jay Inslee says it’s not just one issue; it’s all the issues.

The climate change candidate: Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

All the White House hopefuls talk about Climate Change. But Democrat Jay Inslee says it’s not just one issue; it’s all the issues.

Congress is investigating misconduct alleged by the Mueller report. White House lawyers are rejecting every subpoena.

The powers of Congress vs Trump’s executive privilege

Congress is investigating misconduct alleged by the Mueller report. White House lawyers are rejecting every subpoena.

More than a million species of plants, animals, fish and insects are going extinct because of human activity. A massive report from the UN blames it partly on climate change.

Climate change and species extinction

More than a million species of plants, animals, fish and insects are going extinct because of human activity. A massive report from the UN blames it partly on climate change.

Get ready for more debate about health insurance as Trump runs for re-election. Democratic hopefuls are debating reforms while Republicans accuse them of “socialized medicine.”

Health insurance and the presidential campaign

Get ready for more debate about health insurance as Trump runs for re-election. Democratic hopefuls are debating reforms while Republicans accuse them of “socialized medicine.”

Partisanship is more powerful than science, even for conservative environmentalists. They don’t buy warnings about an existential crisis.

Republicans look at climate change and see… Democrats

Partisanship is more powerful than science, even for conservative environmentalists. They don’t buy warnings about an existential crisis.

Big Tech is a benefit to the modern world. But unlimited data collection may lead to unlimited power.

The big dangers of Big Tech: Is it too late for regulation?

Big Tech is a benefit to the modern world. But unlimited data collection may lead to unlimited power.

It’s invisible in some places, but dirty air kills millions of people all over the world. That’s even true in America, despite the Clean Air Act and California’s Air Resources Board.

Air Pollution: The original component of Climate Change

It’s invisible in some places, but dirty air kills millions of people all over the world. That’s even true in America, despite the Clean Air Act and California’s Air Resources Board.

Democrats are divided: impeachment now or further investigations? Top aides don’t do what the president tells them.

After Mueller: a dysfunctional White House and impeachment prospects

Democrats are divided: impeachment now or further investigations? Top aides don’t do what the president tells them.