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 to the table. Daily Newsmaker and Talking Point features round out each episode with a personal touch. Produced by KCRW/Santa Monica.

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President Obama?s looking at airstrikes in Syria to slow the advance of the ultra-extremist Islamic State--a growing threat to America and its interests. But that could help Syria?s brutal dictator, Bashar al-Assad, stay in power, by helping him against his most effective enemy.
A White House delegation attended today?s funeral for Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri.  He was the unarmed, young black man killed 2 weeks ago by a white policeman.  Did the President miss an opportunity by not going himself?
Osama bin Laden used grainy videos and scratchy audiotape to address the world from inside a mountain cave.  The Islamic State has mastered social media to disseminate shocking propaganda, attracting instant attention worldwide.  The video of James Foley?s execution is just one example.  We hear...

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Science, Tech & Environment

Even your medical records aren't safe. Chinese group hacks into hospital's patient records

When you go to the hospital, you give up a lot of very personal data, not the least of which is your name, address and Social Security number. Recently, a group of Chinese hackers associated with their government's cyber espionage program branched out from their usual work and targeted a huge hospital system's patient database — and got away with a huge haul of personal date.

Lifestyle & Belief

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.

John Hockenberry

John Hockenberry has returned to his roots in public radio — where he was one of the medium's original innovators — after 15 years in network and cable television. During his time at ABC and NBC, he earned four Emmy Awards, three Peabody Awards, an Edward R. Murrow Award and a Casey Medal.