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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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Contact The Diane Rehm Show: drshow@wamu.org

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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, May 22 2015 04:06 PM

ISIS takes control of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Several nations agree to take in Southeast Asian migrants. And the U.S. and Cuba move closer to full restoration of diplomatic ties. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, May 22 2015 03:06 PM

The NSA's bulk data collection faces a Friday deadline. A massive airbag recall could take years to complete. And the State Department makes plans to release the first batch of Hillary Clinton's emails. A panel of journalists joins guest host Indira Lakshmanan for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

A Daughter’s Anorexia And Her Mother’s Fight To Save Her

Wednesday, May 20 2015 04:06 PM

About 24 million Americans suffer from an eating disorder. Anorexia is among the hardest to treat. We hear one young woman's struggle with the disease, told from her perspective and her mother's.

Gains By ISIS Prompt Questions About U.S. Strategy

Wednesday, May 20 2015 03:06 PM

The Islamic State terrorist group captures the key Iraqi city of Ramadi and establishes a stronger foothold in Libya. We get an update on the latest battles for territorial control and questions over U.S. strategy.

Helen Castor: "Joan of Arc: A History" + Helen Castor: "Joan of Arc: A History"

Tuesday, May 19 2015 04:06 PM

HELEN CASTOR: "JOAN OF ARC: A HISTORY": Placing aside the legends and myths surrounding Joan of Arc, historian Helen Castor takes a fresh look at the young girl and her role in history. What emerges is a different story than the one many of us know. Castor helps us understand the real Joan of Arc. (52 min.) HELEN CASTOR: "JOAN OF ARC: A HISTORY": Placing aside the legends and myths surrounding Joan of Arc, historian Helen Castor takes a fresh look at the young girl and her role in history. What emerges is a different story than the one many of us know. Understanding the real Joan of Arc. (52 min.)

Motorcycle Gangs Violence In Waco, Texas, And The History Of Outlaw Biker Culture

Tuesday, May 19 2015 03:06 PM

Police have charged about 170 people in connection with last Sunday's shoot-out in Waco, Texas, among rival motorcycle gangs that left nine dead and 18 wounded. We'll get an update on the investigation and the history of outlaw biker culture.

Jeffrey Brown: “The News: Poems”

Monday, May 18 2015 04:06 PM

In his 20-some years at PBS, Jeffrey Brown has traveled the world reporting on major events of the day. Now, he uses poetry to retell those experiences. The NewsHour correspondent shares his collection of poems about the news.

Policy Divisions Among Democrats And What They Mean For The Party

Monday, May 18 2015 03:06 PM

The divide over fast-track trade legislation highlights a rift among Democrats. We discuss what differences over trade, environmental policies and approaches to income inequality mean for the party and the 2016 election.

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, May 15 2015 04:06 PM

Gulf Arab leaders meet with President Obama at Camp David. Yemen rebels accept a five-day humanitarian ceasefire. And the wreckage of a U.S. Marine relief helicopter is found in Nepal. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week’s top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, May 15 2015 03:06 PM

The latest on the Amtrak passenger train derailment. The House votes to end the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records. And Jeb Bush backtracks on his Iraq War comments. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.