WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

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Controversy Over The Scope And Oversight Of Domestic Surveillance

For the first time in nearly a decade, American public opinion is shifting on NSA surveillance and privacy. A new Pew Research Center poll shows a 56 percent majority favor tougher restrictions on the government’s ability to collect phone and Internet data. Last week, 55 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans defied their leaders to vote for an amendment to defund the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program. The measure was defeated by a narrow margin of only 12 votes, and opponents of the program continue to push for limits and oversight. A panel joins Diane to discuss the debate over balancing privacy rights with government efforts to find terrorists.

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Can You Use That In A Sentence?: Dictionary Adds New Words

The Oxford English Dictionary was updated with a number of new words today, so, naturally, we held a contest to see who could use the most in a single sentence.
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Philly Preps Blessed Beer And Other Edible Swag To Greet Pope Francis

Enterprising businesses will mark the pope's visit to Philadelphia next month with irreverent tchotchkes — including beers brewed with holy water and toasters that etch the pontiff's face on bread.
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National Portrait Gallery Says It Won't Remove Bust Of Planned Parenthood Founder

Conservative groups want the gallery to take down the bust of Margaret Sanger, who they say was racist because of her support for eugenics.
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UMUC To Eliminate Textbooks, With Goal Of Saving Students Some Money

The university, located in Prince George's County, says it's a front-runner in making a transition of this magnitude. Students will use online materials instead.

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