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  • Monday, October 20, 2014 12:28pm

    Dogs were not officially made a part of the U.S. military until 1942. But their history of working on battlefields worldwide stretches back much further. Today, American military working dogs detect improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, with remarkable accuracy. They also provide comfort to men and women in uniform suffering emotional and physical wounds of war. But they are not always given the recognition that journalist Rebecca Frankel believes they deserve. When she began her weekly column on U.S. war dogs in 2010, she found that many were unaware of the critical role they can play in U.S. military missions. Frankel joins Diane to take us inside the world of war dogs.

  • Monday, October 20, 2014 11:28am

    West African countries continue to fight the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, which has now claimed more than 4,500 lives. A shortage of doctors in many of those countries continues to be a major challenge. Here in the U.S., two Ebola patients are recovering at hospitals in Maryland and Georgia, and a lab worker who had boarded a cruise ship tested negative for the virus. President Barack Obama appointed an Ebola "czar," while the Pentagon readied a team of 30 military doctors to assist hospitals. In Congress, many lawmakers continue to call for a West Africa travel ban. Diane and guests discuss the latest international and domestic efforts to confront the Ebola outbreak.

  • Friday, October 17, 2014 12:28pm

    The U.N. says the world is failing to contain Ebola in West Africa, stepped-up coalition airstrikes in the battle against ISIS on a Syrian border town and new concerns about sagging global economic growth: Please join us to discuss the week's top international news stories.

  • Friday, October 17, 2014 11:28am

    A second Dallas nurse is diagnosed with Ebola this week, soon after taking a domestic flight. CDC director Tom Frieden faces tough questions on Capitol Hill about the handling of the nurses’ cases, and President Obama considers appointing an Ebola “czar” to head US containment efforts. With weeks left before the midterms and nearly one million early votes cast, courts rule on voter ID laws in Texas and Arkansas. The stock market swung wildly again this week, as investors respond to mounting uncertainty in the global economy. And the budget deficit has dropped to its lowest level since before the great recession. The domestic hour of the Friday news roundup.

  • Thursday, October 16, 2014 12:28pm

    Author Colm Toibin was 12 years old when his father died. He watched his mother struggle with grief but they rarely spoke of it. Toibin grew up to write award-winning stories and novels, including the best-seller, “Brooklyn.” But it was not until his mother’s death that he found a way to write about that painful period in his family’s life. His latest novel tells the story of a middle-aged widow living in a small Irish town in the 1960s. Music gives her solace and allows her to create an independent life. In her grief, however, she’s blind to the suffering of her young sons. Guest host Susan Page talks with author Colm Toibin about his new novel, "Nora Webster," and the ways it echoes his own childhood.

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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