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The Diane Rehm Show
In 1979, Diane Rehm took over as host of WAMU's mid-day program, Kaleidoscope, and in 1984, the name was changed to The Diane Rehm Show. In all the ensuing years, Diane has offered listeners thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times. In 2010, The Diane Rehm Show won a Shorty Award in the #news category. The Shorty Awards honor the producers of the best real-time content on Twitter and are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Also, in 2010, Diane won a coveted George Foster Peabody Award. The Peabodys, the oldest awards in broadcasting, are considered among the most prestigious and selective prizes in electronic media. The award honors Diane Rehm's more than 30 years in public broadcasting as host of The Diane Rehm Show, calling the program the "gold standard in civic, civil discourse."
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. 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, e-mail, Tweet, or post to Facebook 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.
Northwest Public Radio listeners can call the show live during the first hour, between 8:00 - 9:00 AM. The number is (800) 433-8850.
You can also email the show at: email@example.com
Friday, December 6, 2013 9:53am
Nelson Mandela has died at age 95. Former Ukraine presidents back ongoing protests over a rejected E.U. trade pact. And heavy violence rocks the Central African Republic. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Friday, December 6, 2013 8:43am
Healthcare.gov sees an enrollment jump after repairs are made to the troubled website. Fast food workers across the country protest the federal minimum wage. And the Labor Department releases the November jobs report. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 10:33am
Over the last decade, 23 states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. The shift is a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the 1980s and 1990s. The new laws stem from concerns about teenage suicides in adult jails and new research showing that young people held in adult courts are more likely to be repeat offenders than juveniles not held in adult jails. But some state attorneys are against the change. They say the legislation adds unnecessary delays to prosecution and are an insult to victims. Join Diane and a panel of guests for a discussion on these new laws that aim to keep youths out of adult prisons and courts.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:23am
There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 10:06am
In recent years, money from special interest groups has flooded Washington. Many say it's the root of our political dysfunction. But maybe conventional wisdom is wrong. Perhaps the problem lies not with the buyers of influence, but with the sellers. Author Peter Schweizer charges lawmakers' hunt for cash influences everything from how they write laws to when they vote on a bill. He says Washington politicians use leadership PACs to bankroll lavish lifestyles, and rely on a secret loophole to make loans to themselves. Diane and Schweizer discuss new revelations about the old link between money and politics.