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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California has enacted the toughest equal pay law in the nation. It's designed to eliminate the gap of 23 cents an hour between men and women who perform the same tasks in the workplace. Is it a model for other states, or a recipe for trouble because it addresses a problem that doesn't really exist...
Gun control is not the "third rail of politics" for Democrats any more. They're forcing Senate Republicans to declare their opposition, and the issue could be a major one in the November election.
On this, the fourteenth anniversary of America's invasion of Afghanistan, a resurgent Taliban is challenging President Obama's plan to withdraw US forces by the end of next year. Many Afghans have lost all hope, and this weekend's attack on a hospital has compromised US credibility. We look at this...

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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.