WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

The Latest On Ending The Impasse In Washington

Today marks the 14th day of a partial government shutdown. The top Democratic and Republican Senate leaders spoke over the weekend, but no resolution was reached that could fully re-open the federal government and raise the debt ceiling. Now we're just days away from Oct. 17, the date the Treasury Department said it would begin to run out of money to pay the nation's bills. World Bank and IMF leaders, in Washington for meetings, warned of potential calamity in global financial markets if American lawmakers cannot come to an agreement soon. The latest on prospects for ending the budget impasse.

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

In her first live radio interview ever, Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Tyler joins Diane to talk about her 20th novel, "A Spool of Blue Thread."


Fine Brine From Appalachia: The Fancy Mountain Salt That Chefs Prize

An artisanal salt producer is processing brine from ancient ocean deposits below West Virgina's mountains. The company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, ships to top chefs who value the salt's minerality.

Downed Russian Warplane Highlights Regional Divide On Syria

Hugh Pope, director of communications and outreach at the International Crisis Group in Brussels, explains the growing divide between Turkey and Russia on their priorities inside Syria.

From Takeout To Breakups: Apps Can Deliver Anything, For A Price

Convenience is at an all-time premium — and a lot of smartphone apps promise to make many of the things we do every day easier. In a time-crunch or sheer laziness, how far will the apps take us?

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