The Diane Rehm Show The Diane Rehm Show en-US Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:38:44 +0000 Friday News Roundup - International <p>The UN reports that 15,000 people from 80 different countries have joined with ISIS militants fighting in Syria and Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish fighters begin crossing from Turkey into Syria to fight against ISIS in Kobani. The WHO reports the number of new cases of Ebola in Liberia may be dropping, but the challenge of containing the spread of the disease in West Africa remains daunting. Israel has barred access to a sacred site in Jerusalem revered by both Muslims and Jews, and the last US Marines of pull out of a key base in Afghanistan: Please join us for the International hour of the Friday News Roundup.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:06:30 -0400 Friday News Roundup - Domestic <p>With just days before voters go to the polls, key midterm races are coming down to the wire. But Republicans are increasingly confident they will win control of the Senate. In several states, proposals restricting abortion are on the ballot. With the economy on firmer footing, the Federal Reserve ends the bond buying program known as quantitative easing. A nurse in Maine defies a state isolation order as the Centers for Disease Control rejects mandatory Ebola quarantines in the U.S. And Apple’s Tim Cook becomes the first openly gay C.E.O. of a Fortune 500 company. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for a conversation about the week's top national stories.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:06:30 -0400 Dan Jones: "The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors" <p>The late 15th century was a turbulent era in English history. The crown forcibly changed hands five times in 30 years. This series of violent conflicts has come to be called the Wars of the Roses. Shakespeare dramatized the period in plays such as Henry VI and Richard III. Recently, it has inspired works of both historical fiction and fantasy, including the HBO series “Game of Thrones.” In a new book, historian Dan Jones revisits the true events of the time. He argues that our understanding of the period is largely an invention of the Tudors, whose reign began at the end of the century. The real story, he says, holds important lessons about leadership and how history is created.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Thu, 30 Oct 2014 11:06:30 -0400 Sharing The Road: Adapting To A New Culture Of Cycling <p>According to a new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, there has been a 16 percent increase in bikers killed in motor vehicle crashes in recent years. This comes after years of steady decline. But many groups say these numbers are misleading, and a more important takeaway is the rising use of bikes in urban areas, with cities like New York and Washington, D.C. putting millions into bike infrastructure projects. But all parties agree: there is much to be done to safely incorporate cyclists onto our roadways, from adding bike lanes with physical protective barriers to stricter enforcement of traffic laws across the board. We take a look at sharing the road with bikes.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:06:30 -0400 Readers Review: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by Washington Irving <p>Few stories have captured our imagination like “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” This very American story became an instant classic when Washington Irving penned it nearly two centuries ago. Set in New York’s Hudson River Valley, the tale of Ichabod Crane and a Headless Horseman combines comedy, romance, and horror. Crane, a superstitious outsider, competes with local hero Brom Bones for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Brom’s pranks on the jittery schoolmaster set the stage for one of literature’s most famous rides. Diane and her guests discuss this month’s Readers’ Review of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:06:30 -0400 Campaign Spending On State Judicial Elections <p>Most people would like to believe that the judges in their states are above the partisan fray, but this belief is being sorely challenged by the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision on campaign finance. Voters in 39 states elect at least some of their state judges. Many of these state judicial contests are starting to look more and more like regular political campaigns. Money is pouring in, much of it from outside sources. So far this year, special interest groups and political parties have spent an estimated $9 million on TV ads for state judges. Please join us to discuss partisanship and state judges.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:06:30 -0400 David Rothkopf: "National Insecurity" <p>According to writer and scholar David Rothkopf, the U.S. is experiencing an unprecedented sense of vulnerability and fear. For his latest book, he investigates the past decade of American policies abroad, from the early days of Bush to second-term Obama. And what he finds is a series of foreign policy extremes that has left the U.S. without a clear sense of identity and direction. He emphasizes the importance of understanding what drives our leaders and the people around them…and how their styles of governance shape key decisions for our nation. David Rothkopf on the people and the choices that have defined this period in American history…and the way forward from here.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:06:30 -0400 Debate Over Ebola Quarantines in the U.S. <p>Last week, a nurse returning from West Africa was quarantined by the state of New Jersey in a tent adjacent to a hospital. Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie announced she was free to travel home to Maine, but the policy remains in place. And several other states now have similar quarantines for people who have been exposed to the Ebola virus. Civil rights advocates say quarantines aren’t medically necessary and discourage healthcare workers from volunteering. But supporters argue federal guidelines don’t go far enough—they say tougher measures are necessary to protect the public. Diane and guests debate the legal, ethical and public health implications of mandatory, Ebola quarantines.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:06:30 -0400 Herbie Hancock: "Possibilities" <p>Herbie Hancock is best known as a jazz artist. But his music spans genres as well as decades. He was a child piano prodigy, performing a Mozart concerto with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra when he was 11 years old. As a young man, he was invited to join the Miles Davis Quintet-and his career took off. He began winning Grammy awards— he has earned 14 to date—and he won an Oscar for his musical score for the movie "Round Midnight." In a new memoir, the 74-year-old Hancock talks about his life and his music, and how Buddhism has guided him along the way.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:06:30 -0400 The Risks Of Income Inequality <p>Earlier this month Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke of the increasingly unequal distribution of wealth and income in this country. She warned that Americans at lower income levels have relatively very little chance to advance, and she questioned whether "this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation’s history”. Some criticized her for stepping so squarely into what many perceive to be a partisan debate. Others argue that recent Fed policies have themselves contributed to the economic divide. Please join us as Senator Elizabeth Warren and three economists discuss what’s driving economic inequality and what, if anything, we should do about it.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:06:30 -0400