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

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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

How 3-D Printing And Stem Cell Research Are Driving Medical Advances

Thursday, December 18 2014 04:06 PM

Bioengineers are creating human body parts to replace organs and manage life-threatening diseases. How techniques like 3-D printing and stem cell research are driving medical advances and raising ethical questions

The Future Of U.S.-Cuban Relations

Thursday, December 18 2014 03:06 PM

Cuba releases American contractor Alan Gross after five years' imprisonment on espionage charges. The U.S. releases several Cubans in exchange. Details on the prisoner swap and the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.

The Social And Economic Effects Of Ebola In West Africa

Wednesday, December 17 2014 04:06 PM

The ebola epidemic in West Africa is not just a health care crisis. It has affected every corner of society in the countries most affected. Schools have been closed for months, infrastructure projects have been put on hold and GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. A discussion of the social and economic cost of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

What Falling Oil Prices And New U.S. Sanctions Mean For Russia

Wednesday, December 17 2014 03:06 PM

Russia’s ruble strengthened today but it remains volatile after losing about 20 percent of its value yesterday. Diane and her guests discuss what falling oil prices and new U.S. sanctions mean for the Kremlin and the Russian economy.

The Latest Research On Bilingualism And The Brain

Tuesday, December 16 2014 04:06 PM

Speaking multiple languages is like exercise for your brain, according to new research. Studies say it can improve multitasking and may even delay Alzheimer’s. The latest on the impact of bilingualism on the brain.

Terrorist Attack In Pakistan

Tuesday, December 16 2014 03:06 PM

Six heavily armed gunmen stormed a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan killing more than 130 people, mostly teenagers. Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. Please join us for an update on the attack and its implications for the region.

Rethinking the Benefits of Homeownership

Monday, December 15 2014 04:06 PM

Homeownership has dropped to the lowest rate in 20 years. New research finds renting makes more financial sense for half of current American homeowners. Re-thinking the benefits of buying a house.

The Government Spending Bill: What’s In It For Banks, Big Business And The Middle Class

Monday, December 15 2014 03:06 PM

The House and Senate passed a spending bill that could cut pensions for a million workers, raise campaign donation limits and roll back Wall Street reforms. We look at what's at stake in the new budget bill.

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, December 12 2014 04:06 PM

Broad international condemnation of the Senate's interrogation report. Clashes in Israel over the death of a Palestinian government minister. And Chinese authorities break up protest camps in Hong Kong. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, December 12 2014 03:06 PM

CIA officials deny lying to Congress about interrogation practices. Lawmakers scramble to avoid a government shutdown with a trillion-dollar spending bill. And the NFL adopts a new personal conduct policy. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.