The Diane Rehm Show The Diane Rehm Show en-US Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:20:45 +0000 Dr. Robert L. Okin: "Silent Voices: People With Mental Disorders On The Street" <p>On any given night, more than half a million people in the U.S. are homeless, and up to 50 percent may be suffering from mental illness. One psychiatrist says these people have become invisible to the rest of us, and set out to learn about their lives. He spent two years talking to and photographing men and women living on the streets of San Francisco. What he found were histories of abuse, neglect, and resilience. Now he argues that legislation to help the homeless mentally ill is only possible if we stop averting our eyes, and start seeing these people as “fully human” members of society. Stories from the mentally ill and homeless in America.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:06:30 +0000 Republican Response To President Obama's Executive Order on Immigration <p>President Barack Obama signed executive orders on immigration last week, which could protect as many as five million people from deportation. The president said he had no choice because of inaction by congress. Supporters of the move hailed the decision as long-awaited relief for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. But Republicans strongly oppose the president’s order, saying it’s an overreach of power. GOP governors of several states have said they may sue the president. And some in Congress are even raising the possibility of impeachment. Diane and guests discuss Republican response to White House action on immigration.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:06:30 +0000 Friday News Roundup - International <p>A new propaganda video shows French Islamic State fighters calling for attacks in France. The White House announces a review of U.S. hostage policy as a result of terrorist beheadings of Americans. Secretary of State John Kerry insists the U.S. and Iran will reach a nuclear deal before Monday’s deadline. Israel eases gun rules after a terrorist attack at a synagogue in Jerusalem. Russia’s president Putin says Moscow and Washington could find opportunities for practical cooperation. And thousands march in Mexico City to protest the government’s response to missing students. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top international news stories.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:06:30 +0000 Friday News Roundup - Domestic <p>President Barack Obama announces executive orders to reform immigration. His plan allows millions of unauthorized immigrants to, as he put it, “come out of the shadows.” But Republican leaders promise a fight. The Senate blocks the Keystone XL pipeline and votes down a bill to restrict N.S.A. phone record collection. Tensions rise in Ferguson as the community awaits a grand jury decision. Takata faces a grilling from senators over its deadly airbags. Montana and South Carolina legalize gay marriage. And Bill Cosby loses deals with NBC and Netflix following more sexual assault allegations. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:06:30 +0000 A Conversation With The New Chairman Of The National Endowment For The Humanities <p>William “Bro” Adams, the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, argues that government support for literature, history and languages is critical to our national welfare. While some conservatives argue that NEH funding should be cut, Adams says the humanities are critical for a functioning democracy. As the agency gears up to celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, Adams wants the NEH to do more to address major challenges in society. He plans to launch a new initiative called “The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.” Join Diane for a conversation with Adams about the government’s role in making the humanities more relevant and accessible.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:06:30 +0000 The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: New Opportunities, New Questions For Nonprofits <p>The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raises about $130 million a year in its ongoing effort to help people who suffer with the deadly disease, but that amount seems small change in comparison with the $3.3 billion it just received related to an investment it made years ago in small drug development company. For a health-related nonprofit, $3.3 billion is a jaw dropping amount. It gives the foundation the means to explore all kinds of new ways to help patients and to look for a cure, but the projected per patient cost of this drug, $373,000 per year, raises concerns. Please join us to discuss new questions about venture philanthropy.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:06:30 +0000 Joel Klein: "Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools" <p>In 2002, Mayor Michael Bloomberg won control over New York City's public school system. In a controversial move, he appointed Joel Klein as its leader. A career lawyer, Klein found himself at the helm of what many considered a sinking ship. Over the next eight years, he implemented an aggressive series of changes aimed at increasing accountability and improving performance. He clashed with the teachers union as he took on the issues of evaluation and tenure. He closed down scores of failing schools, opened more than 100 charter schools and championed a data-driven approach to reform that spread to cities throughout the country. Joel Klein joins us to talk about what it takes to improve public education in the United States.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:06:30 +0000 Political Showdown Over The Keystone XL Pipeline <p>It’s been six years since TransCanada Corp. applied for a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Alberta, Canada to the Gulf States. So far, President Barack Obama has not approved the pipeline, citing environmental concerns. But following the recent midterm elections, the pipeline is back in the spotlight. Last week, the House of Representatives voted again to approve Keystone. And last night, the Senate came within one vote of passing a similar bill offered by embattled Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu. Diane and guests discuss the political showdown over the Keystone XL pipeline and where it goes from here.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Wed, 19 Nov 2014 10:06:30 +0000 The Right To Be Forgotten <p>Once information is up on the Internet, someone can always find it, right? Wrong, if you are a European citizen. A ruling from the European Union’s highest court allows ordinary citizens to request search engines to take down links to personal information. Search engines must comply if that information is deemed to be “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant.” Supporters say it’s a small but important step in efforts to protect individual privacy rights, but others argue it’s a troubling form of censorship: Please join us to discuss ‘the right to be forgotten’ on the web.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Tue, 18 Nov 2014 11:06:30 +0000 Debate Over Ending The U.S. Embargo On Cuba <p>It’s been more than 50 years since the U.S. cut ties with Cuba. The longstanding trade embargo and travel ban have increasingly been called relics of the cold war: no longer relevant in the modern day. According to some, now is the time for change, with recent economic reforms out of Havana pointing to the possibility of a more hopeful future and a productive relationship with the United States. But others say these changes do not go far enough, and that lifting the embargo would reward a regime that has caused decades of suffering. We look at the debate over lifting the U.S. embargo on Cuba, and prospects for the future of U.S.-Cuban relations.</p> The Diane Rehm Show Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:06:30 +0000