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Thursday, July 31, 2014 12:28pm
”My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.” So begins the latest novel by best-selling author Amy Bloom. In “Lucky Us,” she takes us on a journey through 1940s America. We follow two teenage half-sisters who are disappointed by their families and leave their hometown in Ohio for Hollywood. Amid World War II, they finally settle in New York and create their own unconventional family. It’s a story about love, heartbreak and luck told partly through letters written by the characters. Join Diane for a discussion of “Lucky Us” with author Amy Bloom.
Thursday, July 31, 2014 11:28am
The latest Ebola outbreak is being called the worst in history. The virus has killed nearly 700 people since March in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia. The president of Sierra Leone has declared a public health emergency, and Liberia’s government is putting communities on quarantine. In the past week, the disease claimed Sierra Leone’s top Ebola doctor and the first American to die in this outbreak. While experts say a U.S. epidemic is unlikely, international concern is growing as the disease shows no signs of slowing its spread. Understanding the deadly Ebola virus, and the international effort to contain it.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 12:28pm
For the past decade photographer Peter van Agtmael has documented America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His journey began as a college student shortly after September 11th when his school paper sent him to Ground Zero. Four years later he found himself on the battlefield. Through his lens he witnessed the tragedy and heroism of war. More often, however, he tried to capture smaller moments of humor,love,unease,beauty,camaraderie and emptiness. His new book "Disco Night September 11" is filed with haunting images and diary-like entries. Peter van Agtmael joins us to talk about his images of war.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:28am
CEO Mary Barra says GM is committed to doing the right thing for the families of people killed and those injured because of faulty ignition switches. Defective switches were installed in approximately 2.6 million cars. GM has hired mediator and attorney Ken Feinberg to evaluate claims and make compensation offers. The individual pay-outs will likely range from a few thousand dollars into the millions. Ken Feinberg, who previously lead the 9/11 victim compensation fund and several other high profile compensation efforts, joins Diane to talk about how he’ll be evaluating claims against GM and what families with losses can expect.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 12:28pm
Growing up on a ranch outside Tuscon, Arizona, Linda Ronstadt always knew she wanted to be a singer. Her musical family played and listened to a wide range of styles, including opera, classical and Mexican folk music. Ronstadt landed her first recording contract as a teenager and in 1974, released “Heart Like a Wheel,” a mix of oldies covers and contemporary songs like “You’re No Good” and “When Will I Be Loved.” The album hit number one and has never been out of print in 40 years. Ronstadt went on to sell more than 100 million records. But last year, she announced that a Parkinson’s diagnosis had forced her to stop singing. Diane talks with Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Linda Ronstadt on her career in music and her life today.