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."
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More than ever before, Americans want to be as active as possible as they get older. No longer willing to be hampered by aches and pains, Americans are demanding more mobility as they age and appear more willing to consider surgery. But some medical experts are concerned about the dramatic increase in spinal fusion surgery for back pain. Over the last 20 years, the procedure has risen six-fold in this country, becoming more common than hip replacements. Join guest host Susan Page for a panel discussion about worries that financial incentives for doctors may be influencing medical decisions.
It appears Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich may have had a change of heart. He has reportedly told the European Union's foreign policy chief he "intends to sign" a trade deal with the E.U. that he rejected just last month. The news comes after the U.S. says it was "disgusted" by government crackdowns on protesters in Kiev and that it is considering sanctions against the former Soviet republic. Ukraine is heading for default in early 2014 without financial assistance, and an agreement with the West could bring in fresh investment with E.U. nations. But Yanukovich also faces pressure from Russia, which controls the flow of cheap natural gas into the republic. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss the unrest in Ukraine.
America's favorite aristocrats are returning to the U.S. PBS' "Downton Abbey" is the British period drama that chronicles the lives of the Crawley family: Lord and Lady Grantham, their three daughters and a host of servants who keep their grand house running. The show digs into issues of class, gender and sexuality during an era of rapid change. Season four of the show premieres on Sunday, Jan. 5 on PBS stations around the country. Today on The Diane Rehm Show, catching up with the Crawleys of Downton Abbey.
The so-called "Volcker Rule" is aimed at reining in risky trading by banks. Details on the new rule and whether it's tough enough to prevent another financial crisis.
Germany recently published details about more than 100 artworks, including pieces by Picasso and C?zanne, discovered in Munich as part of a huge stash of suspected Nazi loot. Diane and her guests discuss why so little has been done to return stolen goods to Holocaust victims and their families and what this incident means for institutions and collectors in the U.S.
Eight East Coast states have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to impose tougher air pollution standards on the coal-producing Midwest. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on air quality mandates. Diane and her guests discuss the battle over cross-state air pollution.
Monday Night Football. Super Bowl Sunday. The big homecoming day game. New Year's college bowls. It's hard to imagine a sport more American than football. The game hasn't been embraced anywhere in the world quite like it has in the United States. Gregg Easterbrook, author of the new book, "King of Sports," says without football "there would still be 50 stars on the flag ... but America wouldn't be quite the same." But Easterbrook argues the game is in serious need of reform at all levels. Diane discusses football's impact on America and what it will take to clean up the sport.
Already this year, five states have raised their minimum wage. In a speech last week, President Obama vowed to make reducing income inequality a primary focus of his final years in office. He called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. Senate Democrats are promoting a measure that would hike it to just above $10 an hour. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and many Republicans are opposed to any increase in the wage floor. They argue it would be bad for business, impede job creation and do little to help the poorest Americans. We talk about the arguments on both sides of the issue.
Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Former Ukraine presidents back ongoing protests over a rejected E.U. trade pact. And heavy violence rocks the Central African Republic. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Healthcare.gov sees an enrollment jump after repairs are made to the troubled website. Fast food workers across the country protest the federal minimum wage. And the Labor Department releases the November jobs report. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.