Take a rapid-fire tour of the day’s hot-button issues. Award-winning journalist Warren Olney leads an informative and thought-provoking discussion of major news stories with expert guests that bring multiple perspectives on each issue. Daily Newsmaker and Talking Point features round out each episode with a personal touch. Produced by KCRW/Santa Monica.
 

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Secretary of State Kerry is shuttling around the Middle East in the hope of negotiating a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip. We?ll hear about the challenges for international leaders as the war goes on.
Pro-Russian separatists have turned over the black boxes, and the remains of victims have been taken away on refrigerated train cars, but the lack of a smoking gun raises questions for the European Union. How deeply was Russia involved? Is it time for increased sanctions?
The carnage continues in Gaza, where some neighborhoods are strewn with the bodies of Palestinians, and a hospital has been shelled. We?ll get a report from the ground and get different perspectives on how long Israel?s ?Operation Protective Edge? might go on.

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Are we actually pushing Russia further away by shining such an intense spotlight on its questionable practices?

The Winter Olympics in Sochi have put a spotlight on Russian practices that don't comport with the rights and freedoms generally accepted in the west. But a Russian-born educator, who spent a long time living and working in the US after being forced out by the Soviet government, says we're not really helping move Russia forward.

Warren Olney

He is the only person to have been twice named Broadcast Journalist of the Year — for his work in both radio and television — by the Society of Professional Journalists, Los Angeles. He is the recipient of Emmy Awards for reporting and anchoring, and Golden Mikes for investigative reporting. Olney was a television news reporter and anchor from 1966 to 1991, working in Washington, D.C., Sacramento and Los Angeles.