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Thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times. Tune in for a lively mix of current events and public affairs programming that ranges from hard news analysis of politics and international affairs to in-depth examinations of religious issues, health and medical news, education and parenting.

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  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 12:28pm

    Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many of those are unplanned. Too often, the result is increased poverty for many children. Some argue for a return to traditional marriage. Others say we need more social support for unmarried parents. Family policy expert Isabel Sawhill offers a third option which involves what she calls childbearing by design, not by default. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of family structure on child well-being.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:28am

    Tech giants Apple and Google recently announced that operating systems for their newest phones will be encrypted with a complex code. The move would make photos, videos and personal contacts accessible only by the owner of the phone. Privacy advocates hailed the decision as a welcome response to what they say is massive data collection by intelligence agencies. But law enforcement officials warn smartphone encryption will hinder criminal investigations and jeopardize public safety. And a Swedish company could gain control over the nation’s phone routing system. Diane and guests discuss new concerns over phones, intelligence gathering and national security.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 12:28pm

    Martin Wolf's column in the Financial Times has been called "required reading for the international financial elite." The former World Bank economist has a new book about the global financial crisis. Wolf criticizes the policies that caused it as well the responses to it. He calls for abandoning the orthodox thinking that led policymakers to completely miss the signs of the oncoming meltdown. He talks with Diane about why the global financial system remains so fragile and what can be done to strengthen it.

  • Monday, September 29, 2014 11:28am

    The U.S. and its partner nations, which include several Arab nations, dropped bombs on four oil refineries in Syria over the weekend. The facilities were said to have been in the hands of ISIS, the Muslim extremist organization that has taken control of large areas near the Iraq–Syria border. On Saturday, the Pentagon also reported strikes in an area of Syria controlled by Kurds but under heavy ISIS attack. Experts warn the effort to eradicate ISIS will be long, costly and extremely difficult. Diane and her guests discuss the fight against ISIS, what’s possible and at what cost.

  • Friday, September 26, 2014 12:28pm

    The U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants hit oil refineries in Syria. President Barack Obama calls for global unity in the fight against Islamist extremism. Iraq’s prime minister says ISIS militants plotted against subways in the U.S. and Europe. An Algerian terror group beheads a French tourist. Britain’s prime minister meets with Iran’s president. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns Ebola could infect more than 1 million people in West Africa by the end of January. And India becomes the first Asian nation to reach Mars. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The State of Things
11:59 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Diane Rehm In 'Surviving Grace'

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Alzheimer’s disease is still a poorly understood illness, not only in the way it develops, but also how it affects caregivers. 

It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but advocates say Alzheimer’s research does not get the time or money it needs.

So, the play “Surviving Grace,” is trying to fill that gap. It’s a bittersweet comedy that follows a TV producer whose mother’s memory is slowly fading, and it has been touring around the country, raising funds and awareness. 

A cast of local celebrities will be reading from the play tonight at 7 p.m. in the North Carolina Museum of History. The actors include Gov. Pat McCrory, TV star Loni Anderson, and public radio’s own Diane Rehm.

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Arts & Culture
10:03 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Diane Rehm Awarded National Humanities Medal

Diane Rehm awarded National Humanities Medal
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Diane Rehm was awarded the 2013 National Humanities Medal Monday. The awards recognize  "outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation."

Recipients are selected by the President of the United States in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Humanities:

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5:00 am
Sat March 1, 2014

NC Coal Ash Disaster Discussed On Diane Rehm Show

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Did you miss it? The Diane Rehm Show devoted an episode earlier this week to the coal ash spill in Eden, NC.

(The spill was caused by a pipe failure at a Duke Energy location. Coal ash is leftover from the process of burning coal. The ash is considered toxic, and is held in ponds. This spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.)

This was an interesting part of the show, between Frank Holleman of the Southern Environmental Law Center and Diane Rehm:

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