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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

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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

Sarah Chayes: “Thieves Of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security”

Tuesday, January 27 2015 04:06 PM

Living in Afghanistan, one former journalist saw how pervasive political corruption can lead to violent extremism. She calls for urgent action by the U.S., and a new approach to foreign policy. How corruption threatens global security.

Proposal To Expand Wilderness Areas In Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Tuesday, January 27 2015 03:06 PM

President Obama is proposing to greatly expand wilderness protections within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an area thought to be rich in oil and gas. The move is strongly opposed by some congressional Republicans. We look at the debate over new conservation designations in Alaska.

Levi Tillemann: “The Great Race: The Global Quest For The Car Of The Future”

Monday, January 26 2015 04:06 PM

An auto expert and former Energy Department adviser says the policies of a handful of states have pushed the development of electric vehicles. How the U.S. could win the global competition for the car of the future.

A Measles Outbreak And Debate Over Parents Opting Out of Vaccines For Their Children

Monday, January 26 2015 03:06 PM

A measles outbreak centered in California has sickened more than 80 people and is still spreading. Why some families are opting out of vaccines and what it means for public health across the country.

Friday News Roundup – International

Friday, January 23 2015 04:06 PM

A rebel attack on Yemen's capital throws the country into crisis. U.S. lawmakers renew calls for sanctions against Iran. And American and Cuban officials meet in Havana for the first time in decades. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

Friday News Roundup – Domestic

Friday, January 23 2015 03:06 PM

President Barack Obama travels to conservative states to pitch his middle class economic plan. House Republicans drop a controversial abortion bill. And the FBI says there isn't enough evidence to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Ransomware: The Latest Cybersecurity Threat To Personal Computers And Smartphones

Thursday, January 22 2015 04:06 PM

Computer hackers are targeting individuals and municipalities around the country with a new virus called ransomware. Criminals encrypt your files and demand bitcoins as payment to unlock them. What consumers can do to protect their data.

The Battle Between Lawmakers And President Obama Over Tax Reform

Thursday, January 22 2015 03:06 PM

In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for changes to the tax code to address rising inequality. Debate over raising taxes on capital gains, closing the “trust-fund loophole” and prospects for compromise in a Republican-led Congress.

Sean McFate: “The Modern Mercenary”

Wednesday, January 21 2015 04:06 PM

Contractors made up more than 50 percent of the military workforce in Iraq and Afghanistan – up from just 10 percent in World War Two. What the use of private armies by governments and corporations could mean for international relations and modern warfare.

Analysis Of President Obama’s 2015 State Of The Union Address

Wednesday, January 21 2015 03:06 PM

Morning-after analysis of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address: A look at the partisan divide over tax reform and the debate over the president’s policy agenda for 2015.