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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, October 02 2015 04:06 PM

Russia launches another round of airstrikes in Syria. In Afghanistan, fighting with the Taliban continues in Kunduz. And a Palestinian flag flies at the U.N. for the first time. A panel of journalists joins guest host Melissa Block for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, October 02 2015 03:06 PM

Nine people and a gunman are dead after a shooting at an Oregon community college. Bernie Sanders narrows the fundraising gap with Hillary Clinton in the last quarter. And Congress avoids a government shutdown – for now. A panel of journalists joins guest host Melissa Block of NPR News for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Steven Lee Myers: “The New Tsar”

Thursday, October 01 2015 04:06 PM

Russian President Putin is widely popular in Russia, despite his ruthless reputation abroad. A former Moscow bureau chief for The New York Times explains how Putin rose from obscurity to become one of the world’s most powerful and enigmatic leaders.

The Debate Over Drug Pricing

Thursday, October 01 2015 03:06 PM

The owner of a drug company has come under fire for dramatically raising the price of medicine that fights deadly infections. And the prices of some heart medications have also spiked. We look at the renewed controversy over high drug prices in the U.S.

Erica Jong: “Fear Of Dying”

Wednesday, September 30 2015 04:06 PM

In her 1970s bestseller "Fear of Flying", Erica Jong revolutionized the way we look at love, marriage and sex. In her latest book, "Fear of Dying," she explores the next phase of women's lives.

Planned Parenthood And The Debate Over Fetal Tissue Research

Wednesday, September 30 2015 03:06 PM

Planned Parenthood's president testifies before Congress on the controversial videos that feature employees discussing fetal tissue research. We look at how the political fight over funding for Planned Parenthood is drawing attention to the medical uses of fetal tissue.

Andrea Wulf: “The Invention Of Nature: Alexander Von Humboldt’s New World”

Tuesday, September 29 2015 04:06 PM

Historian and writer Andrea Wulf argues for restoring forgotten German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt to his central place in the history of science and environmentalism.

President Obama At The UN And Prospects For US Cooperation With Russia In Syria

Tuesday, September 29 2015 03:06 PM

This week, President Barack Obama is addressing the UN General Assembly and meeting with world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin. We look at new tests for U.S. leadership, prospects for cooperation in Syria and the fight against ISIS.

NIH Head Francis Collins On New Efforts To Use Medical Records Of Volunteers To Treat Diseases

Monday, September 28 2015 04:06 PM

The National Institutes of Health is recruiting one million volunteers to create a new national data base of genetic profiles, medical histories and treatment outcomes. The head of the NIH talks about what this information will mean for treating cancer and other complex diseases and how privacy concerns are being addressed.

After John Boehner’s Resignation, What’s Next For Republicans In Congress?

Monday, September 28 2015 03:06 PM

House Speaker John Boehner announced he’ll be resigning from Congress at the end of October. We look at what the move could mean for a potential government shutdown, the Republican Party and prospects for cooperation in Congress.