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Dan Jones: "The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors"

39 min 49 sec ago

The author of the bestselling book "The Plantagenets" picks up the story of England where his last book left off. It describes how the longest-reigning British royal family tore itself apart and was replaced by the Tudors.

Sharing The Road: Adapting To A New Culture Of Cycling

1 hour 39 min ago

A new study says bike traffic deaths have spiked after years of decline. As cities adapt to growing numbers of cyclists, some say traffic laws should be more strictly enforced. A look at the debate over sharing the road with bikes.

Readers Review: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving

Wed, 2014-10-29 11:06

For our October Readers’ Review: a novella that became an instant classic when it was written nearly two centuries ago. It is the ghostly tale of a lanky loner and a headless horseman. Some even call it the first American horror story. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.

Campaign Spending On State Judicial Elections

Wed, 2014-10-29 10:06

Campaign spending has reached new heights in some state judicial elections. Please join us to talk about the growing need to raise and spend money in judicial elections and how this spending may affect judicial integrity and public confidence.

David Rothkopf: "National Insecurity"

Tue, 2014-10-28 11:06

According to writer and scholar David Rothkopf, the U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented sense of vulnerability and fear. For his latest book, he investigates the past decade of American policies abroad, from the early days of Bush to second-term Obama. And what he finds is a series of foreign policy extremes that has left the U.S. without a clear sense of identity and direction. He emphasizes the importance of understanding what drives our leaders and the people around them…and how their styles of governance shape key decisions for our nation. David Rothkopf on the people and the choices that have defined this period in American history…and the way forward from here.

Debate over Ebola Quarantines in the U.S.

Tue, 2014-10-28 10:06

Last week, a nurse returning from West Africa was quarantined by the state of new jersey in a tent adjacent to a hospital. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie announced she was free to travel home to Maine, but the policy remains in place. And several other states now have similar quarantines for people who have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Civil rights advocates say quarantines aren’t medically necessary and discourage healthcare workers from volunteering. But supporters argue federal guidelines don’t go far enough—they say tougher measures are necessary to protect the public. Diane and guests debate the legal, ethical and public health implications of mandatory, Ebola quarantines.

Herbie Hancock: "Possibilities"

Mon, 2014-10-27 11:06

Herbie Hancock is best known as a jazz artist. But his music spans genres as well as decades. He was a child piano prodigy, performing a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when he was 11 years old. As a young man, he was invited to join the Miles Davis Quintet-and his career took off. He began winning Grammy awards— he has earned 14 to date—and he won an Oscar for his musical score for the movie "Round Midnight." In a new memoir, the 74-year-old Hancock talks about his life and his music, and how Buddhism has guided him along the way.

The Risks Of Income Inequality

Mon, 2014-10-27 10:06

Earlier this month Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke of the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and income in this country. She warned that Americans at lower income levels have relatively very little chance to advance, and she questioned whether "this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation’s history”. Some criticized her for stepping so squarely into what many perceive to be a partisan debate. Others argue that recent Fed policies have themselves contributed to the economic divide. Please join us as Senator Elizabeth Warren and three economists discuss what’s driving economic inequality and what, if anything, we should do about it.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2014-10-24 11:06

Canadian authorities said they still had no clear motive for a shooting rampage at Parliament. But a picture has emerged of the gunman as a troubled man who was frustrated by delays in his plans to go to Syria. Iraqis expressed relief that four former Blackwater security guards were convicted in a deadly Baghdad shooting. Hong Kong officials met with students for the first time since pro-democracy protests began. And the governor of the Mexican state where 43 students disappeared has resigned. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2014-10-24 10:06

A doctor in New York City has been diagnosed with Ebola after returning from treating patients in Guinea. Federal health officials announce they will begin monitoring travelers from West Africa for 21 days after their arrival in the U.S. for signs of the virus. A massive airbag recall that could affect nearly eight million U.S. cars is announced this week, with at least two deaths blamed on the defect. This year is projected to have the most expensive midterm election ever, set to cost nearly $4 billion. And legendary Washington post editor Ben Bradlee dies at age 93. The domestic hour of the Friday news roundup.

New Efforts To Expand Options For Terminally Ill Patients

Thu, 2014-10-23 11:06

In a video that has been viewed by millions in recent weeks, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard explains her plan to end her life on Nov. 1, 2014. Maynard suffers from terminal brain cancer. Instead of waiting for the disease to kill her, she decided to move to Oregon with her husband and mother so that she could legally obtain a lethal prescription and end her life on a day of her choosing. Currently, her plan is a legal option in only five states. Advocates say it can be a critical component of end-of-life care and should be more widely available. Diane and a panel of guests discuss the debate over "aid in dying," also known as doctor-assisted suicide. (Watch Maynard's video below)

The Role Of Turkey In The Fight Against ISIS

Thu, 2014-10-23 10:06

For the small Kurdish force defending the Syrian town of Kobani against ISIS, it’s been a brutal battle for more than a month . Coalition forces have supported defenders of the town just across Turkey’s border with air strikes and drops of weapons and ammunition have helped. Now Turkey has agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross its borders and lend support on the ground. Turkey’s delayed and somewhat muted response to the embattled city’s plight reflects the complex and contradictory regional alliances that have, so far, stymied broad and decisive action against ISIS. Please join us to talk about Turkey’s role in the fight against ISIS.

Women And Online Harassment

Wed, 2014-10-22 11:06

#GamerGate has put the issue of women and online harassment in the headlines. It started as an ex-boyfriend’s rant and turned into a debate about the video game industry. Alongside the legitimate online discussion, there emerged a campaign of cyber threats against female game developers and critics. Anonymous messages on Twitter became so violent that three women have fled their homes, while others were forced offline. Yet, no arrests have been made, and the cyber attacks continue. This case is extreme, but it reflects an experience that is not unique. A study from 2012 found that one in five adults in the U.S. has suffered online harassment –- and the majority of victims are women. Today on the show: a look at online harassment of women and why it's so hard to address.

The Future Of Toll Roads In The U.S.

Wed, 2014-10-22 10:06

Toll roads make up a fraction of America’s highways, but their number is growing. More than 5,000 miles of U.S. roads require tolls today, up 15 percent over the past decade. One reason: The highway trust fund is in crisis. It’s currently financed by a federal gas tax that has not risen since Bill Clinton was president. So states are looking for other ways to pay for much needed transportation projects. Current laws prohibit the tolling of existing interstate highways. But many infrastructure advocates would like to change that. Others argue public roads should be accessible to all Americans. Diane and her guests discuss how best to pay for highways and the future of toll roads.

David Greene: "Midnight In Siberia"

Tue, 2014-10-21 11:06

Morning Edition co-host David Greene spent five years in Russia as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief. During that time, he took a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, reporting on the impressions, hopes and dreams of ordinary Russians. The experience affected him so deeply that Greene returned last year for another train trip. This time, he traveled nearly 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Vladivostok, interviewing people from all different parts of the country, including Siberia. The Russians he meets share the same struggle with old soviet ghosts of corruption and oppression. But most are deeply ambivalent about democratic reform. A cross-country journey into the heart of modern Russia.

Update On The 2014 Gubernatorial Races

Tue, 2014-10-21 10:06

On Election Day two weeks from now, voters in 36 states will go to the polls to choose their next governor. Of these contest, 28 include incumbents seeking another term. Somewhat striking in this election cycle is the fact that this time around many incumbents find themselves in highly competitive races. Some say voters are transferring frustration with Washington to candidates closer to home. Join us to discuss the 2014 gubernatorial races, why so many are so close what a party swap at the top could mean for state and national politics.