In a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the late 1980s and 1990s, 23 states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. A panel discusses a range of factors, including suicides by youths in adult jails as well as the cost of adult prisons, that have led to new legislation across the country.
There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.
The best-selling author of "Throw Them All Out" returns with a new book about the legislative tactics politicians use to compel donors to give large sums of money.
The ACLU is suing U.S. Catholic bishops over anti-abortion policies that it claims endanger women’s lives. Diane and her guest discuss the legal rights of pregnant women at Roman Catholic hospitals.
For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.
The Federal Trade Commission this week examines the way digital media and search engines present paid ads to consumers. The growing sophistication of targeted online ads and efforts to ensure transparency.
Martin Cruz Smith is best known for using crime fiction to expose the dark side of contemporary Russia. The author of "Gorky Park" talks with Diane about his latest novel based on the mysterious death of a real-life Russian journalist.
Two days after the administration's deadline for fixing Healthcare.gov, Diane and her guests get an update on the federal website for health insurance shopping, other rollout challenges and political risks for both parties going forward.
"The Lowland" is a new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri. Based on true events, it's the story of two brothers growing up in post-colonial India and the limits of love and sacrifice.
For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.
The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.
Meg Wolitzer's latest novel begins in 1974 when six teenagers meet at an artsy summer camp. It traces their lifelong friendship and how their individual talents play out in life.
As we gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, it’s pretty safe to say many of us will indulge in some unhealthy behavior. Maybe it’s eating too much turkey and pie, maybe it’s watching too many football games, or maybe...
A Senate committee bill permits the NSA to continue its dragnet approach to surveillance. But many argue routine record collection should be outlawed. Diane and her guests discuss the limits of privacy, liberty and national security.
More than one-third of all marriages in the U.S. are now between people of different religious faiths. What the interfaith marriage trend means for religious tolerance, assimilation and raising children.
Cuts in food stamps and rising food prices have left nearly 50 million Americans worried about where they'll get their next meal. Who’s hungry in America and efforts to address their needs.
Americans have access to more news sources than ever, but that doesn't mean we are better informed. A Harvard media expert on how journalists could do a better job educating the public.
The Senate approved the most fundamental change to its filibuster rules in more than a generation. Diane and her guests discuss what the new “majority rules” mean for presidential nominees and legislation moving forward.
The U.S. announces a tentative security deal with Afghanistan. Talks on Iran's nuclear program resume in Geneva. And a Beirut suicide bombing heightens fears Lebanon will be drawn into Syria's war. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
President Barack Obama meets with insurance executives on fixing cancelled policies. Senate Republicans block the president's third judicial nominee in three weeks. And America marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.