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Debate Over Right-To-Try Laws In The States

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More than 15 states have passed laws that give terminally ill patients the right to access experimental drugs not yet approved by the FDA. California Gov. Jerry Brown recently vetoed such a bill. Diane and guests discuss the future of so-called right-to-try legislation.

World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

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World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.

Kate Mulgrew: "Born With Teeth" (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 2015-11-27 11:06

If you are a fan of “Orange Is The New Black," you know Kate Mulgrew as “Red,” the prison’s tough talking kitchen manager. If you loved “Star Trek: Voyager," you remember Kate Mulgrew from her seven seasons as Captain Janeway. Her characters are hard-nosed and complicated, not unlike Mulgrew herself. She grew up in a large Irish Catholic family with a father who drank too much and a mother who had big, unrealized dreams. Just as Mulgrew’s career was taking off, she became pregnant and decided to give the baby up for adoption. Mulgrew opens up about her life, her career and her new, deeply personal memoir, “Born With Teeth."

Matthieu Ricard: "Altruism" (Rebroadcast)

Fri, 2015-11-27 10:06

When Matthieu Ricard was in his 20s and studying molecular biology, he traveled to India to meet a Buddhist master he saw in a movie. Soon afterwards, Ricard left behind a promising career in science for a quiet, anonymous life as a Buddhist monk. In the late 1990s, he published "The Monk and the Philosopher," a dialogue with his father that became an international bestseller. In his latest book, Ricard argues that altruism is the key to solving major world problems like inequality and climate change. He joins us to talk about how consideration for others can solve the challenges of our modern world.

Anne Tyler: "A Spool Of Blue Thread" (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 2015-11-26 11:06

For her latest novel, Anne Tyler says she wanted to write a book that starts from the present and goes back in time so she’d never have to finish. That’s because, for Tyler, the best part of writing is when she’s in the middle. But even this book had to end and the result is her 20th novel. Set in Baltimore, “A Spool of Blue Thread” explores three generations of the Whitshank family. Over time, they’ve come to define themselves by certain family stories -- and buried many others away in secret. In her first live radio interview, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to discuss her new book and long career writing about matters of the family.

The 100th Anniversary of Robert Frost's Poem, "The Road Not Taken" (Rebroadcast)

Thu, 2015-11-26 10:06

“Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” This month marks the 100th anniversary of one of the best known American poems. Many remember Robert Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” for those last lines celebrating individualism and non-conformity. But most literary scholars say this was not Frost’s intended meaning. The poem, they argue, is about the self-delusion of a person looking back on their life romanticizing a decision as life altering, when it was not. We get to the bottom of the many interpretations of one of the most popular American poems.

Readers' Review: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante

Wed, 2015-11-25 11:06

"My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante is the first of the mysterious Italian author's Neapolitan novels. The series tells the story of a life-long friendship between two working class girls in Naples. Critics have called Ferrante “one of the greatest novelists of our time.” Yet nobody knows her true identity. Join Diane and her guests for a discussion of “My Brilliant Friend.”

International Military Action In Syria

Wed, 2015-11-25 10:06

French President Hollande meets with President Obama in Washington to seek additional U.S. support in the fight against ISIS in Syria, and NATO holds an emergency meeting over the downed Russian fighter jet: An update on international military strategy in Syria.

Exploring The Link Between Infection And Mental Illness

Tue, 2015-11-24 11:06

In the early 20th century, if you displayed symptoms of mental illness a doctor might have searched you for signs of infection, and then removed the teeth, tonsils or other body part that was the suspected culprit. Treatment has evolved a great deal since then, but the idea that infection could play a significant role in some mental illness is making a comeback. A number of experts say ten to fifteen percent of conditions – from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder – could be caused by infection. But many others warn too much remains unknown to dramatically change our thinking about treatment. We explore the link between germs and our mental health.

Why The Country's 911 Emergency Call System Needs An Upgrade

Tue, 2015-11-24 10:06

The country's 9-1-1 emergency call system was designed for landline telephones. With the growing reliance on mobile technology, experts say it’s out of date. Current gaps in the 9-1-1 system and how it can be improved.

James Kaplan: "Sinatra: The Chairman"

Mon, 2015-11-23 11:06

This year marks the centennial of the birth of Frank Sinatra. His songs topped the charts and as an actor he won an Academy Award. But in between the high points, Sinatra experienced some extreme lows. In 1951 his career was in ruins and his first marriage was over. A new biography begins with Sinatra winning the Oscar and coming out with a string of new hit songs, which resurrected him professionally. Sinatra lived life with impulsive abandon and earned fame for his remarkable voice. But his story is also one of loneliness, heartbreak and the consequences of bad choices. Diane and author James Kaplan talk about the life of Frank Sinatra.

Globalization, Religious Extremism And Jihad Around The World

Mon, 2015-11-23 10:06

The attacks in Mali and Paris point to a broadening battlefield in a war being waged by disparate jihadist groups. Globalization, religious extremism and jihad around the world.

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 2015-11-20 11:06

The search continues for others involved in the Paris attacks after a chief suspect is killed in a raid. France and the U.S. step up air strikes in Syria. Russia confirms it was a bomb that brought down a civilian airliner over Egypt. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 2015-11-20 10:06

Republican lawmakers move to restrict Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. Presidential candidates outline their plans to combat terrorism. And Bernie Sanders defines his vision of democratic socialism. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Dave Isay On StoryCorps And The Great Thanksgiving Listen

Thu, 2015-11-19 11:06

Twelve years ago, Dave Isay set up a recording booth in New York’s Grand Central Station. He wanted to document the experiences of everyday Americans through conversations between friends and family. Today, Storycorps has recorded 100,000 people across the country, capturing tales of bravery, forgiveness and quiet acts of love. Over Thanksgiving weekend, the oral history project hopes to double that number. They have created an app that puts the tools of the recording booth in the hands of the public. They are calling on young people to interview a grandparent or other elder in an effort to collect the stories of a generation. Storycorps founder Dave Isay on the power of interviewing a loved one.

Building A Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS

Thu, 2015-11-19 10:06

The hunt continues for those behind the Paris attacks, as a growing number of regional and world powers agree on the need to unite against ISIS. Diane and guests discuss the prospects for an international coalition and the strategies on the table.

New Strategies To Protect Yourself And Recover From Identity Theft

Wed, 2015-11-18 11:06

More than 17 million Americans reported last year that their identity had been stolen. That’s 7 percent of the nation’s adult population. Complicated passwords and aggressive virus protection are no longer enough to protect consumers. Security breaches at Target, JPMorgan Chase and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management have resulted in the theft of billions of personal records, including fingerprints. Electronic medical records are also being hacked. Diane and guests discuss how to make yourself less vulnerable to hackers and what do to if your sensitive data is stolen.

Legal Issues, Security Risks, And Politics Surrounding The Resettlement of Syrian Refugees In The U.S.

Wed, 2015-11-18 10:06

Following the attacks in Paris, more than half the nation's governors say they’ll refuse to accept Syrian refugees in their states. Diane and guests examine the legal issues, security risks and politics surrounding the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the U.S.

Conservation In The 21st Century

Tue, 2015-11-17 11:06

By the end of the 21st century close to 10 billion humans may inhabit the Earth. As more and more people compete for space, food and water, some environmentalists say we need to rethink our approach to conservation. Conservation efforts in the coming years, they say, will need to expand beyond protecting endangered species and setting aside wilderness areas to include better ways for humans and wild species to coexist. Join our discussion about what we should be conserving in the years ahead and why.

New Pressures On The U.S. And Europe To Shift Strategies In The Fight Against ISIS

Tue, 2015-11-17 10:06

New pressures on the Obama administration and Europe to rethink strategies in the fight against ISIS: Join us to discuss how the deadly attacks in Paris ratchet up the debate over security, electronic surveillance and coordinated military action in Syria.