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For more than 25 years, The Diane Rehm Show has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times.

Each week, more than 2.2 million listeners across the country tune in to the program, which has grown from a small local morning call-in show on Washington's WAMU 88.5 to one of public broadcasting's most-listened-to programs. In 2007 and 2008, the show placed among the top ten most powerful public radio programs, based on its ability to draw listeners to public radio stations. It is the only live call-in talk show on the list.

Diane's guests include many of the nation's top newsmakers, journalists and authors. Recent guests include former president Bill Clinton, General Tommy Franks, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Julie Andrews, and Toni Morrison. Newsweek magazine calls the program one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. The National Journal says Diane is "the class act of the talk radio world."

Each hour includes dialogue with listeners who call to join Diane's virtual community and take part in a civil exchange of ideas.

The show theme song, "Toot Suite" is written by French pianist and composer Claude Bolling and features trumpeter Maurice André. Compact Discs and Transcriptions are available on

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  • Diane Rehm

    Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer producer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member-station in Washington, D.C. She was hired as an assistant producer and later became the host and producer of two health-oriented programs. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984.

Latest Stories from The Diane Rehm Show

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, April 24 2015 03:06 PM

The White House says two al-Qaida hostages were killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism operation. E.U. leaders meet to address the migrant crisis. And Saudi Arabia resumes airstrikes in Yemen. A panel of journalists joins Diane to round up the week's top news.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, April 24 2015 02:06 PM

The Senate confirms Loretta Lynch to lead the Justice Department. David Petraeus is sentenced for leaking military secrets. And the F.B.I. arrests Islamic State supporters in Minnesota. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Jon Krakauer: “Missoula”

Thursday, April 23 2015 03:06 PM

A conversation with best-selling writer Jon Krakauer on his latest book of non-fiction. The author of “Into the Wild” and “Into Thin Air” chronicles the lives of several women allegedly raped on campus at the University of Montana.

Shake-up In The Cable TV Industry And What It Means for Consumers

Thursday, April 23 2015 02:06 PM

Verizon has unveiled a new cable TV package that lets customers choose the channels they want. We explore consumer demand for choice, high speed internet availability and the shake-up in cable TV.

Jane Smiley: “Early Warning”

Wednesday, April 22 2015 03:06 PM

In the novel "Some Luck," Jane Smiley introduced readers to the Langdons, a Depression-era Iowa farm family. Now, the Pulitzer Prize-winner follows their story through the Cold War, Vietnam and the turbulent 1960s and '70s. Smiley joins us to talk about her new novel, "Early Warning."

How Super PACs Are Changing Campaign Strategies And May Affect Election Results

Wednesday, April 22 2015 02:06 PM

Super PACs can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to advocate for or against political candidates. How will they change campaign strategies and election results?

Nora Pouillon: “My Organic Life”

Tuesday, April 21 2015 03:06 PM

A conversation with chef Nora Pouillon, founder of America's first certified organic restaurant, about her culinary journey from the Austrian Alps to Washington, D.C., and her career at the heart of the farm-to-table movement.

The Plight Of Refugees In The Middle East And North Africa

Tuesday, April 21 2015 02:06 PM

Political crises in the Middle East and North Africa are fueling the world's worst refugee catastrophe in decades. We discuss the latest on the plight of millions of displaced people and new pressures on the U-S and Western Europe to step in.

Joseph Stiglitz: “The Great Divide”

Monday, April 20 2015 03:06 PM

In his new book, the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz describes why he sees America as becoming the most unequal advanced country in the world.

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, April 17 2015 03:06 PM

Iran's president accuses the U.S. Congress of meddling in the nuclear deal. The White House will remove Cuba from the terrorism-sponsor list. And Europe files an anti-trust case against Google. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.