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A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

47 min 38 sec ago

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21st Century Cures Act. Its authors say it will modernize the way medical treatments are developed and brought to market, offering hope to those suffering from diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and an array of rare illnesses. The bill includes nearly $9 billion for research at the National Institutes of Health, and attempts to streamline the approval process at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But critics warn we may be trading speed for safety. As the bill moves to the Senate, we discuss balancing patient safety and innovation.

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

47 min 38 sec ago

Earlier this month the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the 21ST Century Cures Act. Its authors say it will modernize the way medical treatments are developed and brought to market, offering hope to those suffering from diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, and an array of rare illnesses. The bill includes nearly nine billion dollars for research at the national institutes of health, and attempts to streamline the approval process at the FDA. But critics warn we may be trading speed for safety. As the bill moves to the Senate, a conversation about balancing patient safety and innovation.

A New Chapter In The Battle Over Planned Parenthood And Abortion Rights

1 hour 47 min ago

Secretly-recorded videos have reopened the fight over federal funding for Planned Parenthood. We examine new hurdles for the organization, the political response and the latest in the battle over abortion rights in the U.S.

Readers' Review: "Orphan Train" By Christina Baker Kline

Wed, 2015-07-29 11:06

Tens of thousands of homeless children were transported by train out of northern cities to the rural west between 1854 and the Great Depression. The Children’s Aid Society wanted to give abandoned homeless children a fresh start. Some ended up adopted by kind families, but many ended up in hard labor. Vivian is one such girl sent from New York City to Minnesota. She’s the main character in a best-selling novel by Christina Baker Kline. A Readers’ Review discussion of “Orphan Train.”

The Future Of The Social Security Disability Insurance Program

Wed, 2015-07-29 10:06

An estimated 11 million Americans could see their disability benefits slashed next year if Congress fails to take action. The White House and Republican lawmakers have opposing solutions. Social Security's disability fund and how to keep the program solvent.

A New Push For Apprenticeship As A Path To Employment

Tue, 2015-07-28 11:06

A new push for apprenticeship programs is being embraced by politicians from all sides, from Republicans Marco Rubio and Scott Walker to Democrat Hillary Clinton, who recently proposed tax credits for companies who hire apprentices. U.S. Labor Sec. Thomas Perez is also pushing the government's plan to provide $100 million in apprenticeship grants this fall. We look at the renewed call for apprenticeship programs, and how some say they address a shortage of skilled workers and the financial burden on young people today.

Efforts To Curb The Nation’s Deadly Heroin Epidemic

Tue, 2015-07-28 10:06

The Centers for Disease Control reported the number of Americans who died from heroin overdoses quadrupled in the decade ending in 2013. We look at what's behind the nation's surge in heroin addiction and what some communities are doing to fight back.

Cyrus Copeland: "Off The Radar: A Father's Secret, A Mother's Heroism, And A Son's Quest"

Mon, 2015-07-27 11:06

While the world was transfixed in 1979 by the Americans held hostage in the U.S. embassy in Iran during the revolution, another American was quietly held in an Iranian prison. Max Copeland of Oklahoma was the first American to be arrested and tried as a CIA agent by the Islamic Republic of Iran, according to Copeland’s son. In a new book, author Cyrus Copeland explains how he tries to uncover the truth about his father. In the process, he learns about how his Iranian mother fought to free him.

President Obama's Final Two Years In Office

Mon, 2015-07-27 10:06

In the home stretch of his presidency, President Barack Obama has quieted any talk of a "second-term curse," with big recent wins on trade, the Affordable Care Act, Iran and more. Now, he's setting his sight on other issues, including criminal justice reform, race relations and implementing the Iran deal. We look at President Obama's political priorities for the remainder of his term.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-07-24 11:06

Saudi Arabia expresses support for the Iran nuclear deal. The Greek parliament approves bailout conditions. And President Barack Obama visits Kenya and Ethiopia. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page of USA Today for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-07-24 10:06

The Senate ends a logjam over the highway bill. Republican candidates scramble for a spot in the upcoming debate. And a dashcam video of Sandra Bland’s arrest in Texas fuels the furor over her death. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

E.L. Doctorow: "Homer and Langley" (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 2015-07-23 11:06

Writer E.L. Doctorow died this week at the age of 84. A rebroadcast of Diane’s 2009 conversation with the best-selling author on his book, “Homer and Langley”, inspired by the true story of New York City's most famous pack rats, the Collyer Brothers.

Donald Trump's Appeal to Republican Voters

Thu, 2015-07-23 10:06

According to a recent national poll businessman Donald Trump has a double digit lead in the Republican presidential field. We look at what’s behind his strong appeal.

A Conversation With Richard Cordray, Head Of The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Wed, 2015-07-22 11:06

Five years ago this week, President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank act into law. A reaction to the country’s financial meltdown, the legislation created a brand new federal agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Part regulator, part educator, the CFPB’s mission was to stand up for consumers and make sure they’re being treated fairly in the marketplace. From its controversial birth, the agency has been criticized for a lack of oversight and possessing too much authority. But supporters say it plays a critical role in helping people navigate an increasingly complex financial landscape. We talk with Director Richard Cordray about the agency’s early years – and its future.

The Latest On Diagnosing, Treating And Preventing Alzheimer's

Wed, 2015-07-22 10:06

More than 4,000 scientists from around the world meet in Washington, D.C. this week to share the latest research on diagnosing, treating and preventing Alzheimer's. We look at new findings on the role of race, gender and a sedentary life style.

Stephen Petranek: "How We'll Live On Mars"

Tue, 2015-07-21 11:06

In 1948, German scientist Wernher von Braun wrote a book called “The Mars Project,” outlining his vision for how to get to the Red Planet. The work was considered outlandish by the scientific community, but when von Braun went on to engineer the rocket that got Apollo astronauts to the moon, he pushed hard for NASA to make mars their next priority. That didn’t happen which left an opening for entrepreneurs to step in. With progress made from people like Elon Musk, science journalist Stephen Petranek says in his new book “How We’ll Live on Mars” that today we are much closer to getting to and living on the planet than most people realize.

Selling The Iran Deal At Home And Abroad

Tue, 2015-07-21 10:06

President Barack Obama begins a campaign to sell the Iran nuclear deal at home and abroad. A look at efforts to address objections from Congress and the concerns of key allies like Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Arthur Brooks: "The Conservative Heart"

Mon, 2015-07-20 11:06

The president of the American Enterprise Institute on the foundations of happiness and charting a new kind of conservatism.

A Deadly Shooting In Tennessee And The Threat Of Domestic Terrorism

Mon, 2015-07-20 10:06

As investigators look into the motives and connections of the Kuwaiti-born U.S. citizen who attacked two military centers in Tennessee, we hear the latest on the deadly shooting and the threat of domestic terrorism.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-07-17 11:06

Reactions to the nuclear deal with Iran. Greek lawmakers approve austerity measures required for a new bailout. And drug lord El Chapo escapes from a Mexican jail - again. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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