WAMU 88.5 : The Diane Rehm Show

Congressional Districts, Demographics And Prospects For Moving Beyond Gridlock In Washington

The 16-day federal government shutdown and last week’s near default shine a bright light on political divisiveness in Washington. Tea party conservatives, a minority group within the Republican party, instigated and lost the most recent battles but did succeed in garnering national attention. What this attention may mean for future election results is unclear. Polls suggest the Republican brand was damaged, but many say our current electoral process practically guarantees polarized results. Diane and her guests discuss Congressional districts, demographics and prospects for moving beyond gridlock.

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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."


Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Reconsidering The Pilgrims, Piety And America's Founding Principles

Conservatives who want to emphasize America's Christian roots embrace the story of the Pilgrims and the Mayflower Compact. But some historians say their role in the country's founding is overstated.

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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