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A monthly 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.

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    • 4.6 • 560 Ratings

A monthly 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.

    Supreme Court could outlaw abortion once again

    Supreme Court could outlaw abortion once again

    For most of American history, abortion has been legal, outlawed only from 1867 to 1973. Now the U.S. Supreme Court might outlaw it again by overturning Roe v. Wade. Also, young activists blame governments for climate change.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    In Our Backyard No. 6 (bonus): Warning! This is your Tortoise Service Announcement

    In Our Backyard No. 6 (bonus): Warning! This is your Tortoise Service Announcement

    With rising heat, deadly drought, and erratic storms, the desert tortoise needs your help. And there are many things you can do, especially if you are camping over the weekend or driving to Las Vegas. Susanna Mann and Gabby Barnas from the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility will tell you all the little things that make a big difference for our wildlife friends in the desert. This is a special sixth bonus episode to In Our Backyard EP6: Life in the desert demands resilience, especially when lightning strikes

    • 7 min
    In Our Backyard No. 6: Life in the desert demands resilience, especially when lightning strikes

    In Our Backyard No. 6: Life in the desert demands resilience, especially when lightning strikes

    California deserts are unique in the world, but heat and drought threaten plants and animals with extinction. At the same time, desert windmills and solar farms provide clean energy to millions of people.

    • 36 min
    In Our Backyard No. 5 (bonus): Melting icebergs are the least of your worries when it comes to rising seas. Satellites prove it

    In Our Backyard No. 5 (bonus): Melting icebergs are the least of your worries when it comes to rising seas. Satellites prove it

    Rising seas got you confused? Severine Fournier from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab explains the basics of our warming ocean as a result of climate change. What she’s got to say might melt your brain. This is a special fifth bonus episode to In Our Backyard EP5: Sea level rise means life on California’s beaches is ending up on the rocks.

    • 6 min
    In Our Backyard No. 5: Sea level rise means life on California’s beaches is ending up on the rocks

    In Our Backyard No. 5: Sea level rise means life on California’s beaches is ending up on the rocks

    Scientists say that all 800 miles of California beaches may disappear in the next 80 years because of sea level rise caused by climate change. Scientists say large-scale interventions will be required to save them. Warren Olney finds that current practices are making things worse rather than better.

    • 35 min
    In Our Backyard No. 4 (bonus): Are you ready for the next wildfire? Get set for the hottest tips on preparedness when it’s time to go

    In Our Backyard No. 4 (bonus): Are you ready for the next wildfire? Get set for the hottest tips on preparedness when it’s time to go

    California wildfires are dangerous, but they don’t have to be deadly. Don Butz, Lakeside Fire chief and San Diego Fire Safe Council president, says we can protect ourselves by following simple steps from American Red Cross’ Ready, Set, Go plan. We cover everything from managing gardens to assembling supply kits. This is a special fourth bonus episode to In Our Backyard E4: Fire is part of California’s natural landscape. We’ll always be waiting for the next, inevitable smoke out .

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
560 Ratings

560 Ratings

Mr stogie ,

Warren is a true scholar

While I do miss the more frequent shows on the airwaves, I also very much enjoy the newer platform as warren gets to take more researched ‘deep dive’ looks at current events. Warren is always well educated on the subject matter of debate, he is a very fair moderator and a relentless interviewer. He doesn’t let guests get away with dodging questions but his style is such that guests feel respected even under tough cross examination. Truly an impressive show from a man with an impeccable reputation and devotion to advancing the public discourse.

yessirov ,

The best host

I miss Warren Olney on the airwaves. To The Point is still excellent and I enjoy when the podcast goes a bit longer than the radio hour did.

Celina4**¥ ,

Not so good anymore

I used to arrange my days to hear Warren dig into confusing issues and look at both sides of an issue. But now he seems to roll out his own confirmation bias and push for the utopian revolution of the left.

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