News Roundup - Hour 1

April 4, 2008

A panel of journalists joins Diane for review and analysis of the week's top news stories.

The Future of Radio

March 27, 2008

A proposed merger between satellite radio providers XM and Sirius received Justice Department approval in part because of competition from audio technologies. How iPods, the internet, and new technology are challenging traditional radio.

Matthew Parker: "Panama Fever" (Doubleday)

March 26, 2008

The Panama Canal remains one of the engineering marvels of all time. Author Matthew Parker examines the cost - in lives and treasure - of what Theodore Roosevelt called 'one of the great works of the world.'

Jeffrey Sachs: "Common Wealth" ( Penguin Press)

March 20, 2008

As the population of the world continues to grow, greater stresses are placed on the global economic system. Jeffrey Sachs explains what issues imperil the world and what can be done to make room for everyone on a crowded planet.

Richard Sennett: "The Craftsman" (Yale)

March 11, 2008

Craftsmanship today can be more than just ‘skilled manual labor.’ A sociologist explains how computer programmers, artists, parents and citizens all are craftsmen in their own right. How doing a job well for its own sake gives...

Crop Diversity and Seed Banks

March 10, 2008

The opening of a global seed bank in Norway highlights the vital role seeds play in the global food chain. Diane and her guests discuss the role of seed banks, the importance of crop diversity, and the relationship between corporate and...

Housing Crisis Remedies

March 6, 2008

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has suggested mortgage lenders consider reducing principal on some at-risk loans. We'll discuss ongoing efforts to rescue distressed home-owners and the beleaguered housing sector.

Laton McCartney: "The Teapot Dome Scandal" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

March 2, 2008

The story behind one of the most infamous incidents in American political history its lessons for Washington today.

Nuclear Power

February 27, 2008

With the nation's increasing demand for energy sources, a look at whether nuclear power is making a comeback and how much it will cost to address security and environmental concerns.

Sheila Johnson

February 19, 2008

One of the few African-American, female billionaires describes her life as a musician, entrepreneur, advocate for the arts, and philanthropist.

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