Diane Rehm’s weekly podcast features newsmakers, writers, artists and thinkers on the issues she cares about most: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.
What The Debt Limit Debate Says About Dysfunction In Congress
45:30Congress expert Norman Ornstein on what the debate over the debt limit says about dysfunction in Congress, and his ideas for how to fix it.
Fiona Hill: The U.S. Must Act To Avoid Russia-style Autocracy
45:30Trump impeachment witness Fiona Hill on what her own background says about this political moment, and why she thinks the greatest threat to American democracy now comes from within.
Tracking Local Reparations Efforts In The U.S.
45:30Cities and states across the country are exploring reparations programs for Black Americans, but not all reparations advocates think it's the right approach. Diane talks to Mayor Daniel Biss of Evanston, Ill., and William Darity, Jr., and Kirsten Mullen, the co-authors of the book, "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century”
Tracing The Roots Of American Division From 9/11 to Jan. 6
45:30The New Yorker's Evan Osnos traces the roots of divisions in the U.S. from 9/11 to January 6. His new book is "Wildland: The Making of America's Fury."
Mandates, Boosters And America’s Ongoing Vaccination Problem
45:30Mandates, boosters and global supply. Georgetown University's Lawrence Gostin talks about what is legal -- and what might be most effective -- when it comes to getting Americans vaccinated.
Recognizing Those On The Frontlines Of America’s Longest Wars
45:30Recognizing the men and women on the front lines of America's longest wars. To mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Diane talks to James Kitfield, author of the new book, "In The Company Of Heroes."
The Texas Abortion Law And Concerns Over Transparency At The Supreme Court
45:30The Supreme Court's Texas abortion decision has shined a light on the justices' increasing reliance on a "shadow docket." Legal expert Stephen Vladeck on what that means for transparency and legitimacy at the nation's court.
How The U.S. Government Hid The Truth About Afghanistan
45:30Washington Post reporter Craig Whitlock says the U.S. government misled the public about our failures in Afghanistan -- for years . His new book is titled "The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War."
From The Archives: A Conversation With Harry Belafonte
45:30A conversation from the archives with singer, actor and producer Harry Belafonte. In 2003, he talked to Diane about his lifelong activism on behalf of civil and human rights, and his gratitude for the platform being a performer gave him.
From The Archives: A Conversation With Dr. Ralph Stanley
45:30A conversation from the archives with Dr. Ralph Stanley, the singer and banjo player whose "mountain music" gave rise to bluegrass. Stanley joined Diane in October 2009. He died in 2016 at age 89.