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Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2014-11-21 06:06

Israel eases gun rules after a terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem. A new video shows French Islamic State fighters calling for attacks in France. Iran's nuclear deal may need a deadline extension. And Russian President Putin says Moscow and Washington could find avenues of cooperation. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2014-11-21 05:06

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

A Conversation With The New Chairman Of The National Endowment For The Humanities

Thu, 2014-11-20 06:06

William “Bro” Adams, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, argues that government support for literature, history and languages is critical to our national welfare. While some conservatives argue that NEH funding should be cut, Adams says the humanities are critical for a functioning democracy. As the agency gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, Adams wants the NEH to do more to address major challenges in society. He plans to launch a new initiative called “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.” Join Diane for a conversation with Adams about the government’s role in making the humanities more relevant and accessible.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: New Opportunities, New Questions For Nonprofits

Thu, 2014-11-20 05:06

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is earning more than $3 billion from its investment in a new drug. Other charitable organizations are hoping to follow a similar path. New opportunities and new questions for nonprofits.

Joel Klein: "Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools"

Wed, 2014-11-19 06:06

Joel Klein served as the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education for eight years. In a new book called "Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools," he recounts his experience as head of the nation's largest school district and explains his vision for how to solve the problems plaguing our education system.

Political Showdown Over The Keystone XL Pipeline

Wed, 2014-11-19 05:06

There's a pending political showdown over a Senate vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline. A look at the ongoing controversy around its potential economic benefits and environmental costs.

The Right To Be Forgotten

Tue, 2014-11-18 06:06

Once information is up on the Internet, someone can always find it, right? Wrong, if you are a European citizen. A ruling from the European Union’s highest court allows ordinary citizens to request search engines to take down links to personal information. Search engines must comply if that information is deemed to be “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” Supporters say it’s a small but important step in efforts to protect individual privacy rights, but others argue it’s a troubling form of censorship: Please join us to discuss ‘the right to be forgotten’ on the web.

Debate Over Ending The U.S. Embargo On Cuba

Tue, 2014-11-18 05:06

Washington is coming under increased fire for failing to lift the 50-year-old ban on trade with Cuba. As Cubans struggle with a devastated economy, many say now is the time for change. Debate over ending the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

The Pressure To Be More Productive

Mon, 2014-11-17 11:06

Advice on how to increase personal productivity is everywhere. We can download apps with algorithms to help with time management, read articles about how to avoid distractions at the office, and watch You Tube videos on the most efficient way to organize email. The latest trends come from pressure to get more done with less time and from a modern management theory that gives workers more control over how they do their jobs. While many Americans think of productivity as a virtue, others question its increasing dominance in our personal and professional lives. Diane and her guests discuss the pressure to be productive.

Political Repercussions Of White House Action On Immigration

Mon, 2014-11-17 10:06

President Barack Obama is expected to announce an executive order that would protect millions of unauthorized immigrants from deportation. Republican lawmakers say they’ll block the president's order. A look at the political repercussions of White House action on immigration.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:06

The U.S. and China reach an historic deal to cap emissions. Tensions rise in Ukraine. And recent deaths highlight the dangers of India’s sterilization practices. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2014-11-14 10:06

Congress moves to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. The Supreme Court lifts a stay on gay marriage in Kansas. And the United States Department of Veterans Affairs announces new plans for improved service. A panel of journalists joins guest host Tom Gjelten for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Boris Johnson: "The Churchill Factor"

Thu, 2014-11-13 11:06

As the 50th anniversary of the death of Winston Churchill approaches next year, expect many celebrations of Britain’s war-time leader. One of England’s most well-known current politicians, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, cautions that Churchill’s legacy risks being imperfectly remembered. In a new book, the eccentric mayor argues that the former prime minister still matters today because he transformed Britain, Europe and the Middle East—a feat he argues only Churchill could have done. Join Susan Page for a discussion with London’s mayor about the lasting impact Churchill had on the world.

New Developments in the U.S.–China Relationship

Thu, 2014-11-13 10:06

In a two-day summit this week, President Barack Obama and China’s President Xi Jinping came to historic agreement on a number of pressing issues. On climate change, China agreed for the first time to stop carbon emissions from growing by 2030. And the U.S. promised to double its current pace of carbon reduction, bringing the nation in line with U.N. standards. On trade, the two countries also found common ground, with China agreeing to lift tariffs on hundreds of tech products like medical devices and phones. But Republican leaders in Congress say the climate deal is too soft on China. And others say the trade agreement is bad for American workers. Guest host Susan Page and a panel of experts discuss new developments in the U.S.–China relationship.

New Developments in the U.S.–China Relationship

Thu, 2014-11-13 10:06

Following a summit in Beijing, the U.S. and China announced agreements on a wide range of issues. We look at what a new atmosphere of cooperation between the two superpowers could mean for trade policy, military confrontations and climate change.

Anjelica Huston: "Watch Me: A Memoir"

Wed, 2014-11-12 11:06

Last year, actress Anjelica Huston released a memoir that covered the years of her childhood. It was called "A Story Lately Told." Now she has written about her years in Hollywood in a new book, "Watch Me: A Memoir."

The Ongoing Debate Over Net Neutrality

Wed, 2014-11-12 10:06

President Barack Obama has called for the Internet to be regulated as a public utility. But some service providers are pushing back. We take a look at the debate over fast lane pricing and its possible effect on consumers, innovation and U.S. global competitiveness.

Chuck Todd: "The Stranger: Barack Obama In The White House"

Tue, 2014-11-11 11:06

President Obama has passed some of the most significant legislation in American history and was decisively re-elected in 2012. But Chuck Todd says the man who came to office as a brilliant campaigner has been one of the worst ground-level politicians in Washington. In a new book, the moderator of ‘Meet The Press’ explains how the president’s decisions have changed American politics and what he can accomplish in his final two years with a Republican Congress. Diane talks with Chuck Todd about his love of politics, President Obama’s legacy, and the future of Sunday talk shows.

Howard Schultz and Rajiv Chandrasekaran: "For Love Of Country"

Tue, 2014-11-11 10:06

Media coverage of our veterans frequently revolves around PTSD, poverty and difficult re-entry into civilian life. But in a new book, Starbucks CEO and veterans advocate Howard Schultz and Washington Post senior correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran stress this is only a tiny part of the story. Just 5 percent of Americans have a direct tie to our veterans, and as a result, many of the efforts they make to improve our communities here at home go unnoticed or unrecognized. Why it’s time to bridge the civilian-military divide and give veterans a new voice in the national dialogue.

Margaret Atwood: "Stone Mattress: Nine Tales"

Mon, 2014-11-10 11:06

The author of "The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Blind Assassin" (winner of the 2000 Booker Prize) on her new collection of short fiction.