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Environmental Outlook: New Efforts to Support the Ailing Bee Population

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The White House is rolling out a plan to address the health of America's bees and other pollinators. This announcement came on the heels of an annual survey that revealed beekeepers lost 42 percent of their colonies last year. An update on the latest efforts to support the ailing bee population.

Investigation Of TSA Security Failures At U.S. Airports

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In undercover tests at dozens of U.S. airports, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners failed to detect weapons and explosives 95 percent of the time. We take a closer look at widespread security lapses and new scrutiny of the TSA.

What's Drawing Audiences To Theater Today

Tue, 2015-06-02 11:06

Broadway just concluded its highest-grossing season on record. Some of this success is thanks to inventive productions like “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” which makes novel use of technology to put the audience into the mind of an autistic teen. But also booming are revivals of old musical favorites like “On the Town.” Even in many smaller theaters, ticket prices are sky high. So what are theaters big and small doing to keep seats filled? A conversation about trends in American theater and what’s drawing people to the theater today, from regional shows to Broadway.

The Latest Research On Using The Body's Own Immune System To Fight Cancer

Tue, 2015-06-02 10:06

Immune therapies that tap the body's own defenses are offering new hope to patients with many types of cancers, including skin, breast and bladder. Please join us to discuss how immunotherapy is changing some cancer treatments and prospects for a cure.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer: "The Doctor Is In: Dr. Ruth On Love, Life, And Joie De Vivre"

Mon, 2015-06-01 11:06

As a ten year old girl, Dr. Ruth Westheimer was put on a train to Switzerland from Germany. Her father had already been taken away by the Nazis. While in an orphanage in Switzerland she would lose her entire family in the Holocaust. Following the war, she had no real home, no close family and no proper education. What she did have, she says, was a zest for life. Bouncing from Israel to France and eventually the US, Dr. Ruth found her true calling in a career she never would have imagined – sex therapy. And more remarkably, when she reached her fifties, it made her a celebrity. Dr. Ruth Westheimer on love, life and joie de vivre.

The Future of the NSA's Bulk Data Collection Program

Mon, 2015-06-01 10:06

Key provisions of the Patriot Act expire on Sunday. A new bill in Congress could change the NSA's bulk collection of phone records. Diane and guests discuss what the proposed law means for domestic surveillance.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-05-29 11:06

International repercussions of the FIFA corruption scandal. China outlines a new military strategy in the South China Sea. And the Iraqi military launches a new offensive near Ramadi. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-05-29 10:06

The Justice Department indicts global soccer officials on corruption charges. The 2016 presidential race becomes a little more crowded. And Nebraska bans the death penalty. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Penelope Leach: "When Parents Part"

Thu, 2015-05-28 11:06

Divorce turns many children’s lives’ upside down. In the English-speaking world today, only about half of all children celebrate their 16th birthdays with their biological parents still living together. New scientific research indicates that many assumptions about shared custody arrangements can actually undermine a child’s well-being, according to psychologist Penelope Leach. In a new book, the best-selling author argues that what seems fair for the parents is seldom best for the child. She tells us how parents can help their children deal with divorce by putting the needs of the child first.

New Efforts To Bring Down The Cost Of Prescription Drugs

Thu, 2015-05-28 10:06

More than half a million Americans have annual prescription drug bills of at least $50,000. Please join us to discuss what's behind soaring drug costs and the push for new pricing models.

Readers' Review: "Euphoria" by Lily King

Wed, 2015-05-27 11:06

For this month's Readers' Review: “Euphoria,” by Lily King. It’s a novel inspired by events in the life of the revolutionary anthropologist, Margaret Mead.

New State Laws Aimed at Preventing Local Bans on Fracking

Wed, 2015-05-27 10:06

Texas and Oklahoma have passed new laws that prevent local governments from banning hydraulic fracturing. Similar measures are being considered in three other states. We look at the debate over state efforts to regulate drilling.

Veteran Newsman Bob Schieffer As He Steps Down From "Face The Nation"

Tue, 2015-05-26 11:06

On May 31, Bob Schieffer will sign off as host of CBS’ “Face the Nation." It marks the end to 46 years at CBS News, 24 of which were spent at the helm of the Sunday show. Even as TV news viewership is on the decline, “Face the Nation” with Bob Schieffer still drew more than 3 million viewers a week, outperforming the competition. In a world of short sound bites and even shorter attention spans, Schieffer remains convinced that the Sunday shows still provide a valuable service: In-depth one-on-one interviews with Washington newsmakers. Veteran newsman Bob Schieffer joins Diane to talk about his career, his retirment and the future of journalism.

The U.S. Supreme Court: High-Profile Cases In The Spring Term

Tue, 2015-05-26 10:31

The U.S. Supreme Court begins to hand down multiple decisions as the end of the spring term draws near. We look at what we might hear from the justices on same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act and what constitutes a threat on social media.

Candice Bergen: "A Fine Romance" (Rebroadcast)

Mon, 2015-05-25 11:06

Candice Bergen has had a lengthy career on TV, in film and on stage; she was on Broadway as recently as last year. But for many, her name remains synonymous with her smart, tough TV sitcom character Murphy Brown, a role for which Bergen won five Emmys. The character mirrored some parts of Bergen’s own life: Becoming a mother later than her peers, balancing relationships and parenting with a demanding, high-profile job. Now, at 68, Bergen reflects on the people and experiences that have made up her own story — namely, the three great loves of her life. Actress Candice Bergen joins Diane for a conversation about her career, marriage and love.

Yochi Dreazen: "The Invisible Front" (Rebroadcast)

Mon, 2015-05-25 10:06

Suicides in the military have skyrocketed since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military’s suicide rate jumped more than 80 percent between 2002 and 2009. One military family is trying to change that. The Grahams lost two sons: one in combat in Iraq and one to suicide. But the Grahams were astonished by the different reactions their deaths received from the Army. The one killed in combat was lauded as a hero, while the other’s death was met with silence. In a new book, Yochi Dreazen, the managing editor of Foreign Policy, shows how this family channeled their grief into working to transform the military’s approach to soldiers with mental illness.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-05-22 11:06

A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-05-22 10:06

The NSA's bulk data collection faces a Friday deadline. A massive airbag recall could take years to complete. And the State Department makes plans to release the first batch of Hillary Clinton's emails. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Steve Inskeep: "Jacksonland"

Thu, 2015-05-21 11:06

Andrew Jackson was a well-known, decorated war hero who rose from humble beginnings to become America’s seventh president. Less well-known, however, was Cherokee Indian Chief John Ross, who clashed with Jackson for two decades over Indian land rights. Jackson was determined that Indians give up their land to make way for white settlers in America’s Deep South. Ross and his people resisted, drafting their own constitution and starting a successful newspaper. But in the end, Jackson prevailed and thousands of Indians were forced from their native lands in what became the infamous “Trail of Tears.” Guest host Susan Page talks with NPR’s Steve Inkseep about Andrew Jackson, a Cherokee Indian chief and an epic land battle that set the stage for the U.S. Civil War.

Debate Over The Minimum Wage In Los Angeles And Nationwide

Thu, 2015-05-21 10:06

Los Angeles voted to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour. Dozens of other cities have passed or are considering similar measures. We dive into the debate over minimum wage laws across the country.