WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

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New Concerns Over Credit Card Debt Collection

Americans are $21 billion dollars behind on their credit card debt. Banks are increasingly taking borrowers to court, suing them for payments owed. In many cases, these lawsuits rely on false documents, incomplete records and generic testimony from witnesses. State judges report that some lenders try to collect money that has already been paid or increase the size of the debt by adding fees and interest. Banks defend their procedures and insist their court filings are accurate. But consumer groups warn these cases are reminiscent of the mortgage foreclosure crisis with outcomes just as devastating. Diane and guests discuss new concerns over credit card debt collection in the U.S.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.

WikiLeaks Reveals Clinton Aides Knew They Had An Email Problem On Their Hands

In one email, a Clinton aide says "we need to clean this up — [Obama] has emails from her — they do not say state.gov."

Google Fiber Won't Accept Any New Cities For Its Superfast Internet Network

Google says it will honor its existing commitments to support or deploy gigabit-speed Internet. But it's scaling back the work on fiber optics to focus on "new technology and deployment methods."

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