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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

7 hours 16 min ago

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

Sex Offender Registries And Calls For Reform

8 hours 16 min ago

Sex offender registries are designed to protect the public from pedophiles and others who have committed sexual crimes. But some say those guilty of much lesser offenses don’t belong on the list: sex offender registries and calls for reform.

Top Priorities For Congress Ahead Of The August Recess

Mon, 2015-07-06 11:06

What's on Congress' agenda in the final weeks before the August recess? Our panel takes a look at what needs to happen, and what can realistically get done.

The Economic Crisis in Greece and Implications for the Eurozone

Mon, 2015-07-06 10:06

Greek voters go to the polls for an historic referendum on the country's debt crisis. Diane and guests discuss the future of Greece in the eurozone and implications for global economies.

A Conversation With American Ballet Theatre's Misty Copeland (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 2015-07-03 11:06

Misty Copeland went from a child living in poverty in a motel to a breakout star in the world of ballet. She discovered her extraordinary talent at the late age of 13, and just four years later, escaped her tumultuous childhood to join the elite American Ballet Theatre. This week, she became the first African American female principal dancer in the company's history. But she remains one of very few black women in the highest ranks of classical ballet nationwide, and says we need change in an art form that is stuck in the past. We listen back to our March conversation with ballerina Misty Copeland on her unlikely rise to stardom, and bringing color to the white world of ballet.

Danielle Allen: "Our Declaration" (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 2015-07-03 10:06

We celebrate its adoption on the Fourth of July, yet few of us have actually read the Declaration of Independence in its entirety. Political scientist Danielle Allen is out to change that. Her latest book, “Our Declaration," makes the case for a new interpretation of the document as a living, relevant text with an argument for equality at its core. Inspired by her experience teaching the Declaration to her adult night students on the South Side of Chicago, Allen invites readers to examine the historical document that she says holds particular significance today. For the Fourth of July: Equality, democracy and a fresh reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Kathleen DuVal: "Independence Lost"

Thu, 2015-07-02 11:06

When thinking about the American Revolutionary War you think of the founding fathers, Paul Revere, and militia men fighting for independence from Britain. But an historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says there is much more to the story. In a new book, professor Kathleen DuVal explores how marginalized groups who lived outside of colonial society changed the outcome of the war. Slaves and Cajun exiles along the gulf coast fought against the British for their own reasons. And some Native Americans Indians chose not assist the British at crucial moments. A new take on the American Revolution.

The Push To Mandate Vaccines For Schoolchildren

Thu, 2015-07-02 10:06

California passes a new law requiring all children enrolled in school to be vaccinated. It's the largest state in the nation to do so. The push to require vaccinations and the tension between public health and personal beliefs.

Environmental Outlook: The Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

Wed, 2015-07-01 11:06

Norway voted to sharply reduce coal investments in its pension fund. The country is part of a growing movement to persuade investors to sell their stock in oil, gas and coal companies. For this month's Environmental Outlook, we take a look at the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Nationwide Implications Of A Supreme Court Ruling On Gerrymandering

Wed, 2015-07-01 10:06

The Supreme Court rules that independent commissions can draw state voting lines. A look at what the decision will mean for efforts to curtail gerrymandering by state legislatures across the country.

Questions Over What To Do With Unused Embryos

Tue, 2015-06-30 11:06

A few months ago, “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara’s dispute with her ex-fiance Nick Loeb over what to do with their frozen embryos became public. The two used in vitro fertilization to create embryos. But when they split Vergara wanted keep the embryos frozen while Loeb wanted them as children. The disagreement highlights the complicated moral and legal questions families, doctors and courts are grappling with. And as the number of frozen embryos has increased in fertility clinics across the country, these issues are being raised more and more. Diane and her guests discuss what to do with unused embryos.

Troubles In Puerto Rico And Greece And What They Mean For Other Economies

Tue, 2015-06-30 10:06

Puerto Rico's governor says the U.S. territory cannot pay its billions in debt. Like Greece, it faces a long road to stability. We look at the fundamental economic problems in Puerto Rico and Greece, and how they could affect economies in the U.S. and worldwide.

The Latest In Anti-Aging Research: The Power Of The Toxins In Vegetables

Mon, 2015-06-29 11:06

Your mother was right when she told you to eat your vegetables, but maybe not for the reasons you think. New research suggests it may not be the vitamins and nutrients in fruits and vegetables that are so good for you - it may be their toxins. Plants naturally produce chemicals to ward off insects and other would–be predators. When we eat fruits and vegetables,these chemicals stimulate our nerve cells and seem to boost our body’s resistance to disease. Please join us to talk about the benefits of toxins in fruits and vegetables and other anti-aging research.

Analysis Of The Supreme Court's Landmark Decision On Same-Sex Marriage

Mon, 2015-06-29 10:06

Many Americans are celebrating the Supreme Court’s landmark decision affirming the right of same-sex couples to marry. Analysis of the decision, how critics are reacting and what it means for the nation.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-06-26 11:06

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart head to Vienna for nuclear talks. The White House announces changes to U.S. hostage policy. And Greek debt negotiations falter. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-06-26 10:06

The Supreme Court upholds federal healthcare subsidies. President Barack Obama is to deliver the eulogy for Charleston Pastor Clementa Pinckney. And Congress clears the way for the Trans-Pacific trade deal. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

The Supreme Court Rules on King v. Burwell

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:06

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this morning that the federal government may continue to provide tax subsidies to lower income individual and families who signed up for health insurance on federally run health exchanges. The plaintiffs in the case, King versus Burwell, had argued these subsidies were illegal per IRS tax code. The decision leaves intact the Affordable Care Act, a signature, but much challenged, achievement of the Obama administration. Join us for an update on the decision and its implications

It's Lyme Disease Season: What To Know About Contracting, Diagnosing And Treating The Disease

Thu, 2015-06-25 11:06

Around 300,000 new cases of Lyme Disease are reported every year. And experts say the areas the tick borne disease is found is expanding. An update on contracting, diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.

The Confederate Flag: History And Modern-Day Connotations

Thu, 2015-06-25 10:06

A growing number of state and business leaders are pushing to remove the Confederate flag from public spaces and stores. A look at the history of the flag and its modern day connotations.

Readers' Review: "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng

Wed, 2015-06-24 11:06

Set in small-town Ohio in the 1970s, the novel tells the story of a Chinese American family as it grapples with a daughter’s tragic death. Join us for our next Readers’ Review on Wednesday, June 24.