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New Efforts To Help People With Mental Illness Get Treatment Instead Of Jail Time

Tue, 2015-08-04 11:06

Jails in the U.S. have increasingly become holding cells for people suffering from mental illness despite the fact that the vast majority pose no threat to public safety: an update on new efforts to keep mentally ill people out of jail and into treatment.

President Obama Announces New Limits On Power Plant Carbon Emissions

Tue, 2015-08-04 10:06

President Barack Obama announced the first ever federal regulations that would sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. power plants. Campaigns to block the rules are already underway. We look at what’s in the new rules and the legal and political battles ahead.

How Artificial Intelligence And Robots Will Impact Jobs And How We Think About Work

12 hours 34 sec ago

The jobs robots will be able to do in the not so distant future are endless, according to some experts. From painting to directing traffic to fighting fires, many economist and Silicon Valley insiders agree that society is on the verge of significant job displacement. One recent study reports that 47 percent of jobs in the U.S. are vulnerable to automation. In many ways, this story is nothing new -- technology has always threatened work. What is different, observers say, is the pace and extent of change. It’s a future, they argue, we need to prepare for now. Guest host Laura Knoy talks with our panel about robots, jobs and how we think about work.

How The Koch Brothers Are Shaping The 2016 Presidential Race

13 hours 34 sec ago

The Koch Brothers are holding their annual meeting this weekend with hundreds of big donors in Southern California. But that's just one of the many ways the two influence money and politics. We look at the brothers' role in the 2016 presidential race and the latest on how the candidates are raising campaign cash.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-07-31 11:06

Thousands of migrants try to reach Britain from France through the Channel Tunnel. Turkish airstrikes target Kurdish militants. And President Obama wraps up a five-day trip to Africa. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-07-31 10:06

A white campus police officer in Cincinnati is charged with the murder of an unarmed black motorist. Congress passes interim funding for the highway bill. And the latest GDP report indicates modest second-quarter growth in the U.S. economy. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page to round up the week's top news.

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Thu, 2015-07-30 11:06

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21st Century Cures Act. Its authors say it will modernize the way medical treatments are developed and brought to market, offering hope to those suffering from diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and an array of rare illnesses. The bill includes nearly $9 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health, and attempts to streamline the approval process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But critics warn we may be trading speed for safety. As the bill moves to the Senate, we discuss balancing patient safety and innovation.

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Thu, 2015-07-30 11:06

Earlier this month the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21ST Century Cures Act. Its authors say it will modernize the way medical treatments are developed and brought to market, offering hope to those suffering from diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and an array of rare illnesses. The bill includes nearly nine billion dollars for research at the national institutes of health, and attempts to streamline the approval process at the FDA. But critics warn we may be trading speed for safety. As the bill moves to the Senate, a conversation about balancing patient safety and innovation.

A New Chapter In The Battle Over Planned Parenthood And Abortion Rights

Thu, 2015-07-30 10:06

Secretly-recorded videos have reopened the fight over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. We examine new hurdles for the organization, the political response and the latest in the battle over abortion rights in the U.S.

Readers' Review: "Orphan Train" By Christina Baker Kline

Wed, 2015-07-29 11:06

Tens of thousands of homeless children were transported by train out of northern cities to the rural west between 1854 and the Great Depression. The Children’s Aid Society wanted to give abandoned homeless children a fresh start. Some ended up adopted by kind families, but many ended up in hard labor. Vivian is one such girl sent from New York City to Minnesota. She’s the main character in a best-selling novel by Christina Baker Kline. A Readers’ Review discussion of “Orphan Train.”

The Future Of The Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Wed, 2015-07-29 10:06

An estimated 11 million Americans could see their disability benefits slashed next year if Congress fails to take action. The White House and Republican lawmakers have opposing solutions. Social Security's disability fund and how to keep the program solvent.

A New Push For Apprenticeship As A Path To Employment

Tue, 2015-07-28 11:06

A new push for apprenticeship programs is being embraced by politicians from all sides, from Republicans Marco Rubio and Scott Walker to Democrat Hillary Clinton, who recently proposed tax credits for companies who hire apprentices. U.S. Labor Sec. Thomas Perez is also pushing the government's plan to provide $100 million in apprenticeship grants this fall. We look at the renewed call for apprenticeship programs, and how some say they address a shortage of skilled workers and the financial burden on young people today.

Efforts To Curb The Nation’s Deadly Heroin Epidemic

Tue, 2015-07-28 10:06

The Centers for Disease Control reported the number of Americans who died from heroin overdoses quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013. We look at what's behind the nation's surge in heroin addiction and what some communities are doing to fight back.

Cyrus Copeland: "Off The Radar: A Father's Secret, A Mother's Heroism, And A Son's Quest"

Mon, 2015-07-27 11:06

While the world was transfixed in 1979 by the Americans held hostage in the U.S. embassy in Iran during the revolution, another American was quietly held in an Iranian prison. Max Copeland of Oklahoma was the first American to be arrested and tried as a CIA agent by the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to Copeland’s son. In a new book, author Cyrus Copeland explains how he tries to uncover the truth about his father. In the process, he learns about how his Iranian mother fought to free him.

President Obama's Final Two Years In Office

Mon, 2015-07-27 10:06

In the home stretch of his presidency, President Barack Obama has quieted any talk of a "second-term curse," with big recent wins on trade, the Affordable Care Act, Iran and more. Now, he's setting his sight on other issues, including criminal justice reform, race relations and implementing the Iran deal. We look at President Obama's political priorities for the remainder of his term.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-07-24 11:06

Saudi Arabia expresses support for the Iran nuclear deal. The Greek parliament approves bailout conditions. And President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page of USA Today for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-07-24 10:06

The Senate ends a logjam over the highway bill. Republican candidates scramble for a spot in the upcoming debate. And a dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest in Texas fuels the furor over her death. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

E.L. Doctorow: "Homer and Langley" (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 2015-07-23 11:06

Writer E.L. Doctorow died this week at the age of 84. A rebroadcast of Diane’s 2009 conversation with the best-selling author on his book, “Homer and Langley”, inspired by the true story of New York City's most famous pack rats, the Collyer Brothers.

Donald Trump's Appeal to Republican Voters

Thu, 2015-07-23 10:06

According to a recent national poll businessman Donald Trump has a double digit lead in the Republican presidential field. We look at what’s behind his strong appeal.

A Conversation With Richard Cordray, Head Of The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Wed, 2015-07-22 11:06

Five years ago this week, President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank act into law. A reaction to the country’s financial meltdown, the legislation created a brand new federal agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Part regulator, part educator, the CFPB’s mission was to stand up for consumers and make sure they’re being treated fairly in the marketplace. From its controversial birth, the agency has been criticized for a lack of oversight and possessing too much authority. But supporters say it plays a critical role in helping people navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape. We talk with Director Richard Cordray about the agency’s early years – and its future.

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