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Readers' Review: "Fates And Furies" By Lauren Groff

Wed, 2016-09-28 11:06

The story of a marriage, told from two points of view... Secrets, sex, tragedy – and a Greek chorus chiming in with asides... These could easily describe elements of a play, but this is Lauren Groff’s 2015 novel “Fates and Furies.” It’s the tale of a 24-year relationship as seen by the people at its center: the husband, Lotto, and the wife, Mathilde. What emerges from their dramatically different accounts is an exploration of myth versus reality, in marriage…and in life. We’ll explore what made this novel such a success; President Obama himself called it his favorite book of last year. For this month’s Readers’ Review, Diane and her guests discuss Lauren Groff's “Fates and Furies.”

Who Pays Federal Income Taxes And Who Does Not

Wed, 2016-09-28 10:06

In the first presidential debate, Republican nominee Donald Trump said he was smart not to have paid federal taxes. Tax exemptions for individuals: who pays federal income taxes, who does not -- and why.

Robert Gottlieb: "Avid Reader"

12 hours 2 min ago

In the literary world Robert Gottlieb has pretty much seen it all, and without question, he’s read it all: in his more than sixty years as an editor, he’s worked with literary greats such as Joseph Heller, Toni Morrison, and Robert Caro and helped usher into print the autobiographies of President Bill Clinton, Katharine Graham, and Lauren Bacall. In a new memoir he reflects on his life immersed in the written word, his years at the helm of Simon and Schuster, the New Yorker and Knopf, and what makes a good story. His memoir is called “Avid Reader”. Editor Robert Gottlieb joins Diane to talk about how and why books and writing became his life.

Analysis Of The First Clinton-Trump Debate

13 hours 2 min ago

Morning-after analysis of the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. How the candidates compare on the issues and whether they sway any undecided voters.

A Conversation With Berkeley Breathed, Creator of the "Bloom County" Comic Strip

Mon, 2016-09-26 11:06

The Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of "Bloom County" on the revival of his beloved comic strip after a 25-year hiatus and a new book about the origins of Bill The Cat.

Protecting Our Data In An Era Of Increasing State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Mon, 2016-09-26 10:20

Yahoo says information from 500 million users was stolen by hackers. This comes amid growing concern over intrusions into U.S. election systems. In an era of increasing state-sponsored cyber threats, protecting our personal data and the integrity of U.S. voting.

Shooting Video Released: The Latest From Charlotte

Mon, 2016-09-26 10:06

Charlotte police release video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. But questions and doubts remain. The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery brings us the latest from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-09-23 11:06

Secretary of State Kerry accuses Russia of bombing an aid convoy in Syria. Hundreds are feared dead after a migrant boat capsizes off the Egyptian coast. And the U.S. allows Boeing to sell passenger planes to Iran. A panel of journalists joins guest host Amy Walter for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-09-23 10:06

Ongoing protests in North Carolina over the police shooting of a black man. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clash on national security policy after the New York bombing. And lawmakers sharply question Wells Fargo's CEO over scam accounts. A panel of journalists joins guest host Amy Walter for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Best-selling Author Candice Millard On The Making Of Winston Churchill

Thu, 2016-09-22 11:06

New York Times best-selling author Candice Millard on her new book, "Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill."

Debate Over How Police Departments Are Addressing Deadly Force

Thu, 2016-09-22 10:06

Protests erupted this week after the fatal shooting of an African-American man by police in Charlotte -- this, after another police shooting in Oklahoma. More than two years after Ferguson, debate over how police departments are addressing deadly force.

Two Parents On Raising Their "Micro-Preemie" Daughter And Her Fight For Survival

Wed, 2016-09-21 11:06

Juniper French was born four months early, at 23 weeks’ gestation. She weighed just over one pound. She was on the edge of viability - a so-called “micro-preemie.” Several decades ago, she never would have survived. In order to live, she would be constantly hooked up to machines and monitors. If she survives, she might be severely brain damaged. Juniper’s parents – journalists Kelley Benham French and Thomas French – had to decide what they were willing to do to save her or if the greater act of love was to let her go. Guest host Nia-Malika Henderson talks to them about navigating what is medically possible and what is right.

The U.N. Takes Up The Threat Of The Growing Resistance To Antibiotics Worldwide

Wed, 2016-09-21 10:06

Antibiotic resistance kills 700,000 people a year worldwide. For the first time, the U.N. General Assembly is considering taking action. The rise of superbugs and what to do about it.

Why Maureen Dowd Calls 2016 "The Year Of Voting Dangerously"

Tue, 2016-09-20 11:06

Maureen Dowd has been writing about politics for The New York Times for the past 30 years. Dowd is known for her acerbic style and seeming delight in mocking political foibles and hubris whenever she can. The 2016 race for president has offered up a mother lode of material for Dowd's weekly column. She skewers both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, but is perceived by some to be harder on the latter. Many of her recent columns appear in a new book, along with essays from two of Dowd's conservative siblings and some fresh material of her own. Guest host Michel Martin sits down for a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Maureen Dowd.

The Impact Of Investigations Into Attacks In New York, New Jersey And Minnesota

Tue, 2016-09-20 10:06

The latest on the investigations into bombs in New York City and New Jersey and the stabbings at a Minnesota mall: Suspects, persons of interest and how the incidents are affecting Muslim American communities.

The New National Museum Of African American History And Culture And Exploring Race In America

Mon, 2016-09-19 11:06

More than a century after it was first imagined, the National Museum of African American History and Culture opens its doors in Washington, D.C. this month. The challenge of presenting the complex history of being black in America.

The Latest On Possible Acts Of Terrorism in New York City, New Jersey And Minnesota

Mon, 2016-09-19 10:06

The latest on the bomb investigation in New York City and New Jersey and the stabbings at a Minnesota mall as possible acts of terrorism.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Turn Their Attention to the Upcoming Presidential Debates

Mon, 2016-09-19 10:06

Most political scientists say presidential debates don’t matter as much as we think they do in terms of their ability to change the outcome of the race. But history is rife with face-offs that allegedly decided elections: The debate between John Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960. And Ronald Reagan’s famous ‘there you go again’ line in his clash with President Jimmy Carter in 1980. And one week from today, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will take the stage in what many are predicting will be the most-watched debate ever. Guest host Michel Martin and a panel of guests discuss the first presidential debate, the issues likely to be discussed and what it could mean for the dynamics of the race for the White House. And we'll also hear from Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson and Green Party nominee Jill Stein on being left out of the upcoming debate.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-09-16 11:06

Washington and Moscow agree to extend a ceasefire in Syria. The U.S. and Israel sign a record military aid deal. And the U.N. chief calls for urgent action against North Korea over its nuclear tests. A panel of journalists joins guest host A Martinez for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-09-16 10:06

A new poll shows Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump virtually tied in the presidential race. Russian hackers leak emails from former Secretary of State Colin Powell. And the Justice Department opens an investigation into Wells Fargo over a fake accounts scandal.