The Diane Rehm Show : About

Airs weekdays at 10pm on AM 820

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 Amazon.com.

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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, February 27 2015 04:06 PM

The U.S.-Israel rift widens over Prime Minister Netanyahu's stance on Iran. Russia threatens to cut off gas supplies to Ukraine and Western Europe. And "Jihadi John" has been identified as a British national. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, February 27 2015 03:06 PM

The clock is ticking as Congress races to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The House of Representatives considers a short-term funding bill to buy time before tonight’s midnight deadline. And in an historic vote, the Federal Communications Commission classifies broadband internet service as a public utility. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Catherine Price: “Vitamania”

Thursday, February 26 2015 04:06 PM

Tens of millions of Americans take nutritional supplements. New studies allege some pills do not contain what is on the label. Other research indicates consumers may be ingesting too many vitamins. New concerns about dietary supplements.

New Ruling On Net Neutrality

Thursday, February 26 2015 03:06 PM

The next chapter in the battle over net neutrality: An expected new ruling from the FCC to regulate the Internet as a public utility.

Readers’ Review: “The Adventures Of Alice In Wonderland” By Lewis Carroll

Wednesday, February 25 2015 04:06 PM

For our next Readers’ Review: “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The whimsical classic turns 150 this year. Help us mark the occasion by joining our discussion.

New Research On Preventing Peanut Allergies

Wednesday, February 25 2015 03:06 PM

The number of children allergic to peanuts has skyrocketed. A new study suggests doctors have been giving the wrong advice about peanuts for years. A discussion of what the latest research says about preventing the sometimes life-threatening allergy.

Actress Angela Lansbury

Tuesday, February 24 2015 04:06 PM

Angela Lansbury on her life, career and current starring role in a revival of Noel Coward's comedy "Blithe Spirit."

Prospects For An Agreement To Limit Iran’s Nuclear Program

Tuesday, February 24 2015 03:06 PM

High-level officials from the U.S. and Iran may be inching closer to an agreement over limits on Iran's nuclear program. Prospects for the deal and why some argue any agreement could be a security threat to the region and the U.S.

Afghanistan’s First Lady Rula Ghani

Monday, February 23 2015 04:06 PM

The First Lady of Afghanistan, Rula Ghani, says she will take a more public role than her predecessors, a controversial stand in the conservative society. Rula Ghani joins Diane to discuss her country, her upbringing and what she hopes to achieve as First Lady.

New Concerns About Fighting Malaria

Monday, February 23 2015 03:06 PM

A drug-resistant strain of malaria is spreading in parts of Southeast Asia. As it inches toward the Indian border, scientists worry about global implications. We look at new concerns about fighting malaria.