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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 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

The Future Of The United Nations

Thursday, March 26 2015 03:06 PM

The United Nations has recently come under attack for its handling of both the Ebola outbreak and the war in Syria. It has prompted some to question what the role of the U.N. should be on the international stage. We look at the relevance of the U.N., 70 years after its creation.

Genetic Testing For Breast And Ovarian Cancer Risk And Debate Over Preventive Surgery

Thursday, March 26 2015 02:06 PM

Many doctors support Angelina Jolie's decision to have her ovaries removed two years after a preventive double mastectomy. We explore testing for BRCA genetic mutations and debate over surgery to reduce cancer risks.

Readers’ Review: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

Wednesday, March 25 2015 03:06 PM

For this month's Readers' Review: "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr. The 2014 novel weaves together the stories of a blind French girl and a German orphan during World War II.

The Future Of U.S. Military Presence in Afghanistan

Wednesday, March 25 2015 02:06 PM

Nearly 10,000 U.S. military personnel remain in Afghanistan after combat forces withdrew last year. We explore a meeting between U.S. and Afghan officials this week, prospects for Congressional approval of additional troops and the future of security in the region.

Martha Hodes: “Mourning Lincoln”

Tuesday, March 24 2015 03:06 PM

Abraham Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated. As the 150th anniversary of his death approaches, a historian explores how ordinary Americans mourned the loss of the 16th president.

The U.S. Supreme Court Hears Free Speech Case: Walker V. Sons Of Confederate Veterans

Tuesday, March 24 2015 02:06 PM

The Supreme Court hears a case about a Texas group's request to use Confederate flag license plates. We look at legal arguments in the free speech challenge and implications for other states.

A Conversation With American Ballet Theater’s Misty Copeland

Monday, March 23 2015 03:06 PM

Acclaimed ballerina Misty Copeland joins Diane to talk about her remarkable career and how she is challenging physical stereotypes that she says keep ballet stuck in the past.

The Obama Administration Releases The First Federal Regulations On Fracking

Monday, March 23 2015 02:06 PM

President Barack Obama has released the first federal regulations on fracking. The new rules will allow the government to examine the safety of wells on public lands and set standards for chemical storage. We look at what it means for industry and the environment.

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, March 20 2015 03:06 PM

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu now says he supports a two-state solution. ISIS claims responsibility for a deadly museum attack in Tunisia. And Japan arrests a suspect in threats against the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, March 20 2015 02:06 PM

The House and Senate reveal competing budget plans. A congressional stalemate stalls Loretta Lynch's confirmation. And the Federal Reserve signals it may raise interest rates later this year. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.