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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-04-17 11:06

Iran's president accuses the U.S. Congress of meddling in the nuclear deal. The White House will remove Cuba from the terrorism-sponsor list. And Europe files an anti-trust case against Google. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-04-17 10:06

The 2016 presidential campaign begins in earnest. National protests for a $15 minimum wage heat up. And Boston marks the two-year anniversary of the marathon bombings. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

David Brooks: "The Road To Character"

Thu, 2015-04-16 11:06

In the 1950s, a Gallup poll asked high school seniors if they considered themselves to be a very important person. Just 12 percent said yes. When the same question was asked fifty years later, 80 percent of students said they think they are very important. In a new book, columnist David Brooks explores this broad cultural shift toward inflated self worth. He argues that a central fallacy of modern life is that focus on one’s own importance and success leads to happiness and a meaningful life. Brooks argues instead that in order to have a truly fulfilling life, you must learn how to forget yourself.

The First Hundred Days Of The Republican-Led Congress

Thu, 2015-04-16 10:06

Congress has reached agreement on oversight of the Iran nuclear deal and a Medicare "doc fix," and is working on fast-track trade authority for President Barack Obama. A hundred days into the new Republican-led Congress, we look at what’s been accomplished and what’s to come.

Cokie Roberts: "Capital Dames: The Civil War And The Women Of Washington, 1848-1868"

Wed, 2015-04-15 11:06

American women in the Civil War era could not own property. In fact, if they were married, they were property – the property of their husbands. They also could not vote and certainly could not run for office. But they made a mark on the nation's history nonetheless. Some became journalists, nurses or activists. Others wielded influence behind the scenes as political spouses – women who had the ears of powerful men. In a new book, NPR's Cokie Roberts delves into the lives of these Washington women and shows how their passion and intelligence influenced the times. Join Diane and Cokie for a discussion of 19th-century wives of presidents and congressmen.

What Ancient Weather Patterns Can Teach Us About Current Drought In The West

Wed, 2015-04-15 10:06

California Gov. Jerry Brown says severe drought conditions affecting the West, Southwest and the Plains could be the "new normal." A look at what the area's ancient drought history can teach us about water shortages in the years ahead.

Akhil Reed Amar: "The Law Of The Land: A Grand Tour Of Our Constitutional Republic"

Tue, 2015-04-14 11:06

It's the 150th anniversary of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. As the country reflects on his death and legacy, the author of a new book says one basic fact of Lincoln’s life cannot be overlooked: where he is from. Legal scholar Akhil Reed Amar argues that Lincoln’s home in Illinois was key to his views on slavery and secession, making geography central to Lincoln’s contributions to the U.S. Constitution. It’s just one example of how America’s distinct regional differences shape the law of the land. We take a Constitutional road trip with Akhil Reed Amar.

A New Chapter In The Century-Old Debate Over The Massacre Of Armenians

Tue, 2015-04-14 10:06

Turkey expresses outrage after Pope Francis accuses the nation of committing "the first genocide of the 20th century" in the deaths of more than a million Armenians. We explore a new chapter in the century-old debate.

Candice Bergen: "A Fine Romance"

Mon, 2015-04-13 11:06

The American actress joins Diane for a discussion about her new book, her career, and the great loves of her life.

The 2016 Presidential Campaign Starts To Take Shape

Mon, 2015-04-13 10:06

The 2016 presidential campaign is starting to take shape. As more candidates throw their hats into the ring, we analyze major policy issues and how the race could play out.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-04-10 11:06

Iran’s president puts new condition on signing the nuclear deal. Secretary of State John Kerry warns Iran over its alleged support of Yemen rebels. And President Barack Obama travels to Panama for the Summit of the Americas. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-04-10 10:06

Fallout from the police shooting of an unarmed black man in South Carolina. The Boston Marathon bomber trial moves to the death penalty phase. And President Obama calls for an end to conversion therapies for gay youth. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Heidi Julavits: "The Folded Clock"

Thu, 2015-04-09 11:06

When asked why she became a writer, novelist Heidi Julavits pointed to her childhood diaries as early evidence of her fate to be an author. But when she found those early journals in storage bins, they were disappointing. They possessed, in her words, the mind of a “paranoid tax auditor.” Yet they inspired her to try to write a diary again. The result is a collection of reflections on the foibles and desires of a busy writer, professor, and mother. Each entry is a different meditation on time, identity, and husbands, as well as ghosts and barns. Author Julavits on why she decided to write and publish her diary.

What’s Behind Declining Customer Service at the IRS

Thu, 2015-04-09 10:06

Just four in 10 taxpayers can reach a real person on the IRS toll-free helpline. Many blame steep Congressional budget cuts over the past five years. Diane and guests discuss what’s behind declining customer service at the IRS.

Sarah Helm: "Ravensbruck: Life And Death In Hitler's Concentration Camp For Women"

Wed, 2015-04-08 11:06

During World War II, the Nazis sent 130,000 female prisoners to Ravensbruck. Tens of thousands died there. The story of life and death in Hitler's concentration camp for women.

Debate Over The Death Penalty

Wed, 2015-04-08 10:06

The jury begins deliberations in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the young man accused in the Boston Marathon bombing. If convicted, he could be sentenced to death. Please join us to debate over the death penalty.

Environmental Outlook: Rooftop Solar And The Future Of The Electric Grid

Tue, 2015-04-07 11:06

Rooftop solar in the U.S. is surging, with more and more people receiving credit for the surplus energy their panels produce. But this has utilities worried, and some people are calling for change to a system they say unfairly jacks up energy costs for many consumers. What the rise in cheap solar power means for the future of the grid and energy policy across the U.S.

The Pros And Cons Of An Annual Physical

Tue, 2015-04-07 10:06

About 45 million Americans go to their doctors for a physical at least once a year. But some researchers have begun to question the value of these routine exams: the pros and cons of an annual physical.

Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr.: "Democracy In The Dark: The Seduction Of Government Secrecy"

Mon, 2015-04-06 11:06

Since the dawn of time, leaders have tried to control access to information. Even in the early days of the democratic United States, the founding fathers struggled to define how open a society the new country should be. In this debate, Thomas Jefferson won the day and the American government, by and large, favored openness over secrecy. But Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr., the author of the new book “Democracy In The Dark” says the US government has shifted far from this founding principle and that we are currently living in a “secrecy era” where a lack of transparency threatens to undermine democracy. He joins Diane in studio to talk about the culture of secrecy in American government.

Analysis Of The Iran Nuclear Agreement And Prospects for a Final Deal

Mon, 2015-04-06 10:06

Iran and world powers agree to a framework nuclear agreement after 18 months of negotiating. Diane and guests discuss what's in the agreement, reaction here and abroad and prospects for a final deal.