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Readers' Review: "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova

5 hours 18 min ago

In 2007, neuroscientist Lisa Genova self-published her first novel, “Still Alice.” It tells the story of a Harvard psychology professor and her experience with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. The book became a best-seller and is now a major motion picture. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “Still Alice.”

Concerns About The Rise In Subprime Auto Loans

6 hours 18 min ago

With more people returning to the workforce, automakers are seeing a boom in car sales. But there's growing concern about a surge in auto loans to buyers with weak credit. The risks of subprime auto loans.

Sarah Chayes: "Thieves Of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security"

Tue, 2015-01-27 06:06

Sarah Chayes arrived in Afghanistan as a journalist -- but the rampant corruption she encountered there drove her to stay for years afterward, fighting for change. Corruption touched every corner of daily life in the country; from crossing police checkpoints to paying utility bills, a bribe was required to accomplish almost anything. This was breeding deep anger and resentment in the Afghan people, Chayes discovered. And now the foreign policy expert has an urgent warning based on what she’s learned: Corruption can plant the seeds of violent religious extremism – and it’s happening worldwide. We discuss how political corruption threatens global security, and what can be done.

Proposal To Expand Wilderness Areas In Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Tue, 2015-01-27 05:06

President Obama is proposing to greatly expand wilderness protections within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area thought to be rich in oil and gas. The move is strongly opposed by some congressional Republicans. We look at the debate over new conservation designations in Alaska.

Levi Tillemann: "The Great Race: The Global Quest For The Car Of The Future"

Mon, 2015-01-26 06:06

The world's automotive industry is on the verge of dramatic transformation. Auto experts predict cars in the not-too-distant future will look very different from what we see on the roads today. And they will run on electricity - not gas. In a new book, a young entrepreneur and former Department of Energy adviser argues that America could once again lead the world's auto industry. But to do so will require more than the innovation and vision America's greatest companies are known for. It will also require strategic government policy. Join Diane for a discussion of the global race for the car of the future and what it will take for the U.S. to win it.

A Measles Outbreak And Debate Over Parents Opting Out of Vaccines For Their Children

Mon, 2015-01-26 05:06

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. was declared measles-free thanks to a vaccine developed in the 1960s. But last year, there were more than 600 new measles cases, the highest number in a quarter century. And a measles outbreak that began in Disneyland last month has now infected more than eighty people in seven states. Health officials say most of those who got sick were not vaccinated. Parents opting out of vaccines for their children say they are afraid of harmful side effects, especially autism. But most doctors continue to stress that the vaccines are completely safe. Diane and guests discuss a surge in measles cases, the anti-vaccine movement and implications for public health nationwide.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-01-23 06:06

A rebel attack on Yemen's capital throws the country into crisis. U.S. lawmakers renew calls for sanctions against Iran. And American and Cuban officials meet in Havana for the first time in decades. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-01-23 05:06

The Friday News Roundup: President Obama travels to conservative states to pitch his middle class economic plan. House Republicans drop a controversial abortion bill. And the F.B.I. says there isn't enough evidence to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Ransomware: The Latest Cybersecurity Threat To Personal Computers And Smartphones

Thu, 2015-01-22 06:06

Imagine opening your computer and a ransom note appears on your screen. All of your files are encrypted. To get your files back you must pay hundreds of dollars within one week or all of your data will be lost. Welcome to the shadowy world of ransomware. More than one million personal computers worldwide have been hit by this new type of virus, according to some estimates. Cities and counties, including Detroit and Dickson County, Tennessee, have also been victims. Join guest host Steve Roberts and a panel of guests for a discussion on ransomware viruses, who is at risk, and how to protect your data.

The Battle Between Lawmakers And President Obama Over Tax Reform

Thu, 2015-01-22 05:06

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for changes to the tax code to address rising inequality. Debate over raising taxes on capital gains, closing the “trust-fund loophole” and prospects for compromise in a Republican-led Congress.

Sean McFate: "The Modern Mercenary"

Wed, 2015-01-21 06:06

In World War II, contractors made up just ten percent of the military workforce; by the Iraq war, that number had risen to fifty percent. And it’s climbing – not just in the U.S. but worldwide, as governments look to save money and keep casualty numbers down for their own militaries. But what does this trend toward private-run warfare mean for the future of international relations? One former contractor warns that armies-for-hire will soon be the norm…making it easier than ever to wage war. What an increased reliance on private armies could mean for modern warfare and global security.

Analysis Of President Obama's 2015 State Of The Union Address

Wed, 2015-01-21 05:06

Morning-after analysis of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: A look at the partisan divide over tax reform and the debate over the president’s policy agenda for 2015.

Mimi Sheraton: "1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die"

Tue, 2015-01-20 06:06

Mimi Sheraton was The New York Times' restaurant critic for nearly a decade. As a reporter and author, she has spent 60 years traveling the world and sampling the world’s best cuisine. Ten years in the making, Sheraton’s latest book is an encyclopedia of the best dishes in the world. Making the cut are German beer soup, Mexican cactus and saffron buns from Stockholm. The new book also includes Sheraton’s favorite restaurants on several continents, along with recipes for some of the best-known dishes. Guest host Steve Roberts talks with one of the world’s top restaurant critics about her book “1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die.”

Citizens United Five Years After The Supreme Court Ruling

Tue, 2015-01-20 05:06

This week marks five years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Citizens United, unleashing record amounts of money into the election campaign process. We look at the effects of the decision on American politics and law, and ongoing efforts to repeal the ruling.

Readers' Review: "The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison (Rebroadcast)

Mon, 2015-01-19 06:06

“The Bluest Eye” is Toni Morrison’s first novel. In it, the Nobel Prize winner tells the story of a young girl convinced that her blackness makes her ugly and worthless. If only she had blue eyes, she thinks, her life would be different. Published in 1970, the New York Times praised Morrison’s prose and called the novel a work of “history, sociology, folklore, nightmare and music.” Today, the book has become a controversial staple of high school English classes, with some objecting to Morrison’s explicit treatment of sexuality and domestic violence. A rebroadcast of our discussion of “The Bluest Eye” and what it contributes to today’s conversation about race in America.

Mario Cuomo: "Reason To Believe"

Mon, 2015-01-19 05:06

Mario Cuomo served as New York's governor for three terms, a tenure during which he became known as one of the most eloquent and forceful liberal voices of his day. Cuomo died on Jan. 1, 2015 in his Manhattan home at the age of 82. Diane sat down for a conversation with Cuomo in 1995, less than a year after he left public office. In the interview, Cuomo reflects on his career and the need for “less anger" and "more thoughtful reflection” in America, among other insights on issues that still resonate today. A special rebroadcast of Diane’s hour-long conversation with former New York governor Mario Cuomo.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-01-16 06:06

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

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-01-16 05:06

President Obama presses for paid sick and parental leave for federal workers. Congress passes a bill to defund White House immigration protections. And Mitt Romney hints at a possible third presidential run. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The Rise of the For-Profit Hospice Industry

Thu, 2015-01-15 06:06

About half of Americans of retirement age will receive end-of-life care from a hospice. Most hospices used to be nonprofits run by community or religious groups. But the number of for-profit hospice firms has tripled in the last 15 years. A new analysis by the Washington Post says that for-profit hospices often provide less nursing and crisis care. Join guest host Frank Sesno and a panel of guests for a discussion on the rise of the for-profit hospice industry and what it means for patients.

A New Issue Of France's Charlie Hebdo And The Ongoing Debate Over The Limits Of Free Speech

Thu, 2015-01-15 05:06

Claims of responsibility for last week’s attack in Paris, a new edition of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and the ongoing debate over the limits of free speech.