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Matthew Dallek: "Defenseless Under The Night"

1 hour 28 min ago

In the years following 9/11, conversations about the threat of terrorism, and debates over the role of government in keeping us safe have been constant. Political scientist Matthew Dallek says there’s many parallels to the late 1930s and 40s when fears of a Nazi attack in the U.S. were high. In a new book, “Defenseless Under the Night” Dallek explores the history of the Office of Civil Defense, a precursor to the Department of Homeland Security. It was led by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia whose competing visions set the stage for the debates we are still having today about security and democracy. Guest host Derek McGinty is joined by author Matthew Dallek to discuss the origins of homeland security.

Update On The Democratic National Convention

2 hours 28 min ago

Opening night at the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. How speakers including Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren and First Lady Michelle Obama seek to bridge party divides and build the case for presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton.

Verdine White On 45 Years With Earth, Wind & Fire

Mon, 2016-07-25 11:06

In 1970, Maurice White called his younger brother, Verdine, from Los Angeles: I’m starting a band, he said. Want to join me? More than 45 years later, that band–known today as Earth, Wind & Fire–is considered one of the most successful recording groups of the 20th century. Not only has the band sold more than 100 million records–it also helped bridge the gap between black and white music in America, fusing genres from soul and funk to electronic and pop. Bassist Verdine White talks with Derek McGinty about the band’s beginning’s, losing his older brother to Parkinson’s disease and how Earth, Wind & Fire is still evolving.

What's Ahead At The Democratic National Convention

Mon, 2016-07-25 10:06

The Democratic National Convention gets underway in Philadelphia, where Hillary Clinton will accept the presidential nomination.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-07-22 11:06

Turkey declares a state of emergency and arrests thousands after a failed coup. Donald Trump suggests he'd put conditions on protecting NATO allies. And Russia loses an appeal in a sports doping case. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-07-22 10:06

The Republican National Convention ends with a divided GOP. Hillary Clinton prepares to select her running mate. And Roger Ailes resigns from Fox News over sexual harassment allegations. A panel of journalists joins guest host Frank Sesno for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The Growth Of Secret Spending In State And Local Politics

Thu, 2016-07-21 11:06

Undisclosed political spending in presidential politics has increased dramatically since Citizens United. But this kind of donation is growing at an even faster rate on state and local levels. How the growth of dark money is influencing state and local elections.

Latest From Cleveland: The GOP's Challenge To Unify And Expand Its Appeal

Thu, 2016-07-21 10:06

This week’s GOP convention highlights fractures in the Republican party. Now with its nominee Donald Trump officially chosen, the party tries to unify and broaden its appeal beyond its base that many say is too dominated by white men. Updates from Cleveland, and where the GOP goes from here.

Environmental Outlook: New Efforts To Save African Lions

Wed, 2016-07-20 11:06

The trophy killing of Cecil the Lion last year by an American dentist in Zimbabwe brought new attention to the plight of African lions. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave legal protection to African lions under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, and several airlines have since banned shipments of trophies of lions and other big game. Yet many conservationists and big cat experts says the real threat to lions is habitat loss and communities who retaliate — and understandably so — against these big cats who kill their livestock. Guest host Frank Sesno and a panel of guests look at new efforts to save lions.

Republican National Convention: Analysis Of Trump's Plans For The Economy And Creating Jobs

Wed, 2016-07-20 10:06

Speakers at the Republican National Convention address jobs and the economy. A convention update and analysis of Donald Trump's economic plans and how his own successes and failures as a businessman could shape voter opinion.

Delia Ephron: "Siracusa"

Tue, 2016-07-19 11:06

Two married couples, vacationing together in Italy, one with their beautiful young daughter along. They eat, and drink, and tour, and talk, and talk, and talk. Sounds like a nice trip, doesn’t it? But both marriages are under strain and as it happens, the wife of one couple and the husband of the other had a summer fling when they were both young and single. Now, this doesn’t sound like such a great trip any more, does it? This is the set-up for Delia Ephron’s new novel, Siracusa. The author joins guest host Frank Sesno to talk marriage, vacations, mistakes, and more.

Update On The GOP Convention In Cleveland

Tue, 2016-07-19 10:06

GOP prime-time convention speakers in Cleveland focus on the theme of law and order. Join us for analysis of Donald Trump's message, its resonance with Republican voters and its possible appeal in the general election.

The History Of Political Conventions

Mon, 2016-07-18 11:06

America's first presidential nominating conventions were held in 1831. Since then, they've evolved into what many call made-for-TV promotions for the Democratic and Republican parties. The colorful history of political conventions.

Republican National Convention: The Week Ahead In Cleveland

Mon, 2016-07-18 10:20

The first day of the Republican National Convention: Trump, delegates and heightened security as another shooting of police officers unsettles the nation.

Aftermath Of The Failed Coup In Turkey And The Bastille Day Attack In France

Mon, 2016-07-18 10:06

Analysis of the coup attempt in Turkey and the attack on a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2016-07-15 11:06

Theresa May becomes Britain's prime minister and Boris Johnson the new foreign secretary. An international tribunal rejects Beijing's claims to the South China Sea. And Venezuela puts its dwindling food supply under military control. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2016-07-15 10:06

Funerals are held for Dallas police officers and two African American men killed by police in Louisiana and Minnesota. Donald Trump prepares to announce his running mate. And Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Robert P. Jones: "The End Of White Christian America"

Thu, 2016-07-14 11:06

Throughout much of the history of the United States, white Protestant Christians set the tone both culturally and politically. But demographic changes over the last few decades have transformed the country. As recently as 2008, white Christians made up the majority of the American population. Six years later, the number had dropped seven points to 47 percent. A religious scholar tracks these changes in a new book. He says understanding this shift can help explain everything from the rise of Donald Trump to the heated rhetoric of the same sex marriage debate.

Controversy Over Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Comments About Donald Trump

Thu, 2016-07-14 10:06

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is under fire for speaking her mind publicly about Donald Trump. She called him "a faker" who "has no consistency about him." Trump, in turn, said Ginsburg is a "disgrace" and should resign. The implications of a Supreme Court justice entering the political fray.

Cartoonist Jules Feiffer On Reinventing His Career After 80

Wed, 2016-07-13 11:06

Jules Feiffer has been drawing and writing – comic strips, children's books, plays – since the 1940s. His illustrations brought “The Phantom Tollbooth” to life, and his satirical cartoons for The Village Voice ran for more than four decades. Now in his 80s, Feiffer says he is doing some of his best work... and in a totally new genre for the artist: graphic novels. His newest is a noir thriller titled “Cousin Joseph,” the prequel to 2014’s “Kill My Mother.” Cartoonist Jules Feiffer joins Diane to talk about his late turn to graphic novels, what satire can mean for the nation and feeling like a kid at 87.