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

Tech workers at Amazon are risking their jobs to combat climate change.

Amazon Workers to Jeff Bezos: Fight climate change

Tech workers at Amazon are risking their jobs to combat climate change.

Even the Wild West had gun control. Most Americans want it now--especially kids afraid of school shootings.

Is it time to make gun control great again?

Even the Wild West had gun control. Most Americans want it now--especially kids afraid of school shootings.

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. It’s not just glacial melting and rising seas, but rising temperatures mean trouble for plants and animals.

The ‘Smoking Gun’ of climate change in the Arctic

What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic. It’s not just glacial melting and rising seas, but rising temperatures mean trouble for plants and animals.

Oil sanctions for Venezuela and aid cuts to Central America:   Trump claims they promote democracy and curb illegal immigration.

Is Trump a ‘Good Neighbor’ to Venezuela and Central America?

Oil sanctions for Venezuela and aid cuts to Central America:   Trump claims they promote democracy and curb illegal immigration.

President Trump has made federal policy out of denying climate change. But state, county and city laws and ordinances are still on the books.

Fighting climate change at the local level

President Trump has made federal policy out of denying climate change. But state, county and city laws and ordinances are still on the books.

More     Americans are losing faith in “Fake News.” So journalist Tom Rosenstiel is writing novels.

Using fiction to tell the truth about Washington

More Americans are losing faith in “Fake News.” So journalist Tom Rosenstiel is writing novels.

Thinking machines are finally able to think for themselves.  In the US, it’s for money. In China, it’s to enforce state control.

Artificial Intelligence and your life in the future

Thinking machines are finally able to think for themselves.  In the US, it’s for money. In China, it’s to enforce state control.

Unqualified kids are admitted to some of America’s most prestigious institutions. Parents, administrators and coaches face criminal charges.

Bribery is the price of admission to some of America’s ‘best’ schools

Unqualified kids are admitted to some of America’s most prestigious institutions. Parents, administrators and coaches face criminal charges.

After 17 years, the U.S. is trying to negotiate its way out of Afghanistan. One partner in the search for peace is the Taliban, once an enemy in the “War on Terror.”

Afghanistan: Why so long? How much longer?

After 17 years, the U.S. is trying to negotiate its way out of Afghanistan. One partner in the search for peace is the Taliban, once an enemy in the “War on Terror.”

Human civilization is threatened by climate change. But it also needs the energy from fossil fuels that now emit greenhouse gases.

Is nuclear power the answer to climate change?

Human civilization is threatened by climate change. But it also needs the energy from fossil fuels that now emit greenhouse gases.

Liberal Jews are outraged. Even AIPAC has broken precedent, criticizing Netanyahu’s political allies in his effort to maintain power.

Netanyahu, Israeli extremists and America’s Jews

Liberal Jews are outraged. Even AIPAC has broken precedent, criticizing Netanyahu’s political allies in his effort to maintain power.

Senior officials in the Trump Justice Department really have suspected the president of allegiance to Russia. They considered invoking the 25th Amendment.

President Trump, Russia and the 25th Amendment

Senior officials in the Trump Justice Department really have suspected the president of allegiance to Russia. They considered invoking the 25th Amendment.

The Green New Deal targets climate change--but that’s not all.

Climate Change, the Green New Deal and ‘socialism’

The Green New Deal targets climate change--but that’s not all.

Ambassador Wendy Sherman admits she “lost it,” and broke down in “tears of anger and frustration” as lead negotiator for the Iran Nuclear Deal.

The Iran nuclear deal: ‘Not for the faint of heart’

Ambassador Wendy Sherman admits she “lost it,” and broke down in “tears of anger and frustration” as lead negotiator for the Iran Nuclear Deal.

President Trump asked for unity from a newly divided Congress--which has more women than ever before.

The State of the Union: Trump’s chance to make history

President Trump asked for unity from a newly divided Congress--which has more women than ever before.

Some newly elected Democrats want Trump to face impeachment.  But veterans like Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff are calling for patience.

Impeachment, Mueller and Roger Stone

Some newly elected Democrats want Trump to face impeachment.  But veterans like Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff are calling for patience.

Demands for the impeachment of President Trump are on the rise since Democrats re-took the House. But, what if the Senate refused to convict him?

Is it time for impeachment?

Demands for the impeachment of President Trump are on the rise since Democrats re-took the House. But, what if the Senate refused to convict him?

Politically, Trump’s great wall may not be worth the government shutdown. But it appeals to his base, including evangelical Christians.

Trump‘s Wall and the Politics of ‘Us Versus Them’

Politically, Trump’s great wall may not be worth the government shutdown. But it appeals to his base, including evangelical Christians.

America’s mainstream media are obsessed with President Trump’s off-hand policymaking in military and foreign affairs.

National Security: An Adult in the Room

America’s mainstream media are obsessed with President Trump’s off-hand policymaking in military and foreign affairs.

Newly divided government could mean change in this new year… or not. House Democrats don’t always stick together--and presidential campaigns could get in the way.

Politics, the World Order and Donald Trump’s New Year

Newly divided government could mean change in this new year… or not. House Democrats don’t always stick together--and presidential campaigns could get in the way.