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A Conversation With Ambassador William Burns, The New President Of The Carnegie Endowment For International Peace

12 hours 12 min ago

We talk with Ambassador William Burns, who recently retired from a three-decade career in the Foreign Service and is now serving as president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

The Growing Number Of Right To Work States And The Future Of Unions

13 hours 12 min ago

Wisconsin is set to pass a so-called "right to work" law which diminishes the power of public sector unions by letting workers opt out of mandatory dues. The growing number of "right to work" states and the future of unions.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-02-27 06:06

The U.S.-Israel rift widens over Prime Minister Netanyahu's stance on Iran. Russia threatens to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and Western Europe. And "Jihadi John" has been identified as a British national. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-02-27 05:06

The latest on the showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Republican presidential hopefuls flock to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. And the Federal Communications Commission votes on net neutrality rules. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Catherine Price: "Vitamania"

Thu, 2015-02-26 06:06

More than half of all Americans report that they take multi-vitamins and other dietary supplements. Vitamin deficiency is still a serious health problem for millions of people here and around the world. But new research indicates many Americans may be ingesting high amounts vitamins through a combination of pills and fortified beverages. And earlier this month, major retailers pulled some supplements off store shelves after tests indicated pills did not contain what was on the label. New concerns about dietary supplements.

New Ruling On Net Neutrality

Thu, 2015-02-26 05:06

The next chapter in the battle over net neutrality: An expected new ruling from the FCC to regulate the Internet as a public utility.

Readers' Review: "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll

Wed, 2015-02-25 06:06

For our next Readers’ Review: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The whimsical classic turns 150 this year. Help us mark the occasion by joining our discussion.

New Research On Preventing Peanut Allergies

Wed, 2015-02-25 05:06

A new study suggests doctors have been giving the wrong advice about peanuts for years. A discussion of what the latest research says about preventing the sometimes life-threatening allergy.

Actress Angela Lansbury

Tue, 2015-02-24 06:06

Angela Lansbury's career spans seven full decades. She's perhaps best known as the mystery writer Jessica Fletcher on the hit TV series "Murder, She Wrote." But older Americans and film buffs remember Lansbury as a maid in her first film, "Gaslight." She won the role at age 17 - and an Oscar nomination shortly afterward. She went on to appear in more than 60 movies. But Broadway is where she really made her mark. She has won five Tony awards and numerous other honors for her work in theater. Currently the 89-year-old is starring in a revival of the Noel Coward comedy, "Blithe Spirit." A conversation with Angela Lansbury.

Prospects For An Agreement To Limit Iran's Nuclear Program

Tue, 2015-02-24 05:06

High-level officials from the US and Iran may be inching closer to an agreement over limits on Iran's nuclear program: Prospects for the deal and why some argue any agreement could be a security threat to the region and the US.

Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani

Mon, 2015-02-23 06:06

The First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, says she will take a more public role than her predecessors, a controversial stand in the conservative society. Rula Ghani joins Diane to discuss her country, her upbringing and what she hopes to achieve as first lady.

New Concerns About Fighting Malaria

Mon, 2015-02-23 05:06

A drug-resistant strain of malaria is spreading in parts of Southeast Asia. As it inches toward the Indian border, scientists worry about global implications. We look at new concerns about fighting malaria.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-02-20 06:06

Ukraine's president asks for U.N. peacekeepers to monitor a crumbling ceasefire. Germany rejects Greece's request for a loan extension. And President Barack Obama calls for a united global front to combat terrorism. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-02-20 05:06

President Obama announces initiatives to curb the recruitment of terrorists. The latest on the showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security. And Jeb Bush vows to set his own political course. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Neil Gaiman: "Trigger Warning"

Thu, 2015-02-19 06:06

“There are things in this book, as in life, that might upset you. There is death and pain in here, tears and discomfort, violence of all kinds, cruelty, even abuse.” That is how best-selling author Neil Gaiman introduces his latest collection of short fiction and poems. The book is called “Trigger Warning,” named for the caution now used on images, films and literature that could trigger flashbacks or anxiety. The anthology is filled with what the Newbery Medal-winning author is best known for: ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales. Join Diane for a conversation with Gaiman on why he says these stories are about the masks we all wear.

Update on the West Coast Port Labor Dispute and Implications for the U.S. Economy

Thu, 2015-02-19 05:06

A drawn-out dispute between shipping companies and dockworkers is threatening vital ports along the West Coast. The White House sent Labor Secretary Perez to help broker an agreement. The West Coast port slow down – and implications for the U.S. economy.

Rethinking Standardized Testing

Wed, 2015-02-18 06:06

Congressional debate over reauthorizing No Child Left Behind has focused on the federal mandate for standardized testing. At the same time, a growing chorus of parents and educators say it is time to reassess how many tests students take and the reasons they take them.

New Efforts To Block The Growing Threat Of ISIS

Wed, 2015-02-18 05:06

The extremist group ISIS, which already controls large parts of Syria and Iraq, now claims responsibility for attacks in Libya. We try to better understand ISIS, its strategy and long-term objectives, and its connection to Islam.

David Thomson: "Why Acting Matters"

Tue, 2015-02-17 06:06

The movie critic and author David Thomson explores the art of pretending on the stage, on the screen, and in daily life.

The Latest In The Debate Over "Aid In Dying"

Tue, 2015-02-17 05:06

Three months ago Brittany Maynard legally ended her own life in Oregon. Now California has become the latest state to consider allowing dying people to end their lives with a legal prescription. An update on the aid-in-dying movement.