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Friday News Roundup - International

10 hours 49 min ago

World leaders react to a historic shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Pakistan buries victims of a school massacre by the Taliban. And U.S. officials say North Korea is behind the hacking of Sony Pictures. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

11 hours 49 min ago

President Barack Obama announces an historic shift in U.S.-Cuba relations. SONY cancels release of the movie “The Interview”. And Jeb Bush announces he’s exploring a possible presidential run. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

How 3-D Printing And Stem Cell Research Are Driving Medical Advances

Thu, 2014-12-18 06:06

Bioengineers are creating human body parts to replace organs and manage life-threatening diseases. How techniques like 3-D printing and stem cell research are driving medical advances and raising ethical questions

The Future Of U.S.-Cuban Relations

Thu, 2014-12-18 05:06

Cuba releases American contractor Alan Gross after five years' imprisonment on espionage charges. The U.S. releases several Cubans in exchange. Details on the prisoner swap and the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.

The Social And Economic Effects Of Ebola In West Africa

Wed, 2014-12-17 06:06

The ebola epidemic in West Africa is not just a health care crisis. It has affected every corner of society in the countries most affected. Schools have been closed for months, infrastructure projects have been put on hold and GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. A discussion of the social and economic cost of ebola in West Africa.

What Falling Oil Prices And New U.S. Sanctions Mean For Russia

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:06

The Russian ruble is sliding despite a rate hike by the Russian central bank. Diane and her guests discuss what falling oil prices and new U.S. sanctions mean for the Kremlin and the Russian economy.

The Latest Research On Bilingualism And The Brain

Tue, 2014-12-16 06:06

Speaking multiple languages is like exercise for your brain. That’s according to a growing body of research suggesting that bilingualism can have cognitive benefits beyond the realm of language use. Recent studies say it may improve the brain’s ability to multitask, and could even mean a four- to five- year delay in the onset of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Some believe this area of research will advance our understanding of how to keep our brains healthy longer, and could prompt people to reconsider the value of bilingual education. The latest on the impact of bilingualism on the brain.

Terrorist Attack In Pakistan

Tue, 2014-12-16 05:06

Six heavily armed gunman stormed a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan yesterday killing at least 120 people, mostly teenagers, and many the children of military officers. Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, possibly in retaliation for Pakistan’s military operations against it. The death toll makes this attack one of the worst in the region in decades and is a grim reminder of the ongoing political turmoil. Please join us for an update on the attack and its implications for the region.

New Research On The Safety Of Using Midwives For Low-Risk Deliveries

Tue, 2014-12-16 05:06

A new UK study corroborates other research on the safety and cost-effectiveness of low-risk deliveries by midwives: Trends in maternity care and growing support for deliveries outside of doctor-run maternity wards.

Rethinking the Benefits of Homeownership

Mon, 2014-12-15 06:06

Owning a home has long been a linchpin of the American Dream. But the recent housing crisis and changing bank lending practices have led to a drop in the number of people buying houses: The nationwide rate of homeownership is at its lowest rate in 20 years. While some have mourned this loss for the U.S. economy, a new study finds that half of American homeowners would have built more wealth by renting. The new research says many people looking to buy a home overestimate tax deductions, rely on biased, online calculators and underestimate expenses. Diane and a panel of experts discuss rethinking the benefits of homeownership.

The Government Spending Bill: What's In It For Banks, Big Business And The Middle Class

Mon, 2014-12-15 05:06

The House and Senate passed a spending bill that could cut pensions for a million workers, raise campaign donation limits and roll back Wall Street reforms. What's at stake in the new budget bill.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2014-12-12 06:06

Broad international condemnation of the Senate's interrogation report. Clashes in Israel over the death of a Palestinian government minister. And Chinese authorities break up protest camps in Hong Kong. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2014-12-12 05:06

CIA officials deny lying to Congress about interrogation practices. Lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown with a trillion-dollar spending bill. And the NFL adopts a new personal conduct policy. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The Debate Over Federal Coal Ash Regulations

Thu, 2014-12-11 06:06

Six years ago, a dam in Tennessee holding back a billion gallons of coal ash from a power plant broke. More than 300 acres were covered in sludge. Homes were destroyed. Environmentalists say it was one of the largest toxic spills in history. In response, the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to pass safeguards. Yet there are still no federal regulations on coal ash disposal. And there have been more major spills, including one this year in North Carolina on the Dan River. A court ordered the E.P.A to finalize new rules this month. A discussion about regulating coal ash.

The Future of Uber And Online Car Services

Thu, 2014-12-11 05:06

Uber was valued at 41 billion dollars last week. But the popular online car service faces criticism over privacy and driver background checks in the U.S. and abroad. Diane and her guests discuss the future of Uber, conventional taxis, and other ride-share services.

The Legacy of Mister Rogers

Wed, 2014-12-10 06:06

For more than three decades, the television show "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" taught children about everything from how crayons are made to how it feels to lose a loved one. Though Fred Rogers died in 2003, the company that bears his name has tried to keep his legacy alive with shows like "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," "Peg + Cat," and their latest, "Odd Squad."

Debate Over The Release And Contents Of The CIA Interrogation Report

Wed, 2014-12-10 05:06

Senate Democrats are releasing a detailed report on post-9/11 CIA interrogation and detention practices. We explore the debate over the controversial tactics, what intelligence may have been gathered and security risks related to the report’s release.

New Treatments For Macular Degeneration, A Leading Cause Of Blindness

Tue, 2014-12-09 06:06

Macular degeneration is one of the most common causes of blindness in older Americans. Between 10 million and 15 million people in the U.S. have some form of the eye disease. As baby boomers age, doctors expect those numbers to climb sharply. There is no cure, but early diagnosis and treatment can help slow the progression of the disease. A limited number of people have had success improving their vision with the aid of a tiny telescope implanted behind the iris. Others receive drug injections directly into the eye. And there's promising work being done in stem cell research. Experts talk about the latest in treating macular degeneration.

Fallout From A Controversial Rolling Stone Magazine Story On A Campus Sex Assault

Tue, 2014-12-09 05:06

Rolling Stone magazine has apologized for problems with a recent story about a campus sex assault. Questions about journalism standards and how the controversy might affect victims and those accused.

The History And Modern Relevance Of Fairy Tales

Mon, 2014-12-08 06:06

Diane and her guests discuss the history of fairy tales: where they come from, what they communicate about morality and sexuality, and their relevance today.