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How the Civil Rights Act Changed America

How the Civil Rights Act Changed America

April 10, 2014

President Barack Obama and three former presidents gather in Texas to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. We discuss the struggle to pass the landmark legislation and its legacy today.

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

Martin Goldsmith: "Alex's Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance"

April 9, 2014

In 1939, 900 Jews attempted to flee Nazi Germany on the ship the "St. Louis." Turned back at every port, the boat eventually returned to Europe. Many passengers ended up dying in the Holocaust, including Martin Goldsmith's grandfather and uncle. "Alex's Wake" traces Goldsmith's efforts to recreate his family's journey in order to bear witness to their suffering and honor their memory.

The Worldwide Debate Over New Rules For The World Wide Web

The Worldwide Debate Over New Rules For The World Wide Web

April 7, 2014

The European Parliament votes to keep Internet service providers from selectively blocking or slowing services like Netflix and Skype. In the US, critics speak out over plans to give up oversight of the Internet’s address book. Debate over new rules for the World Wide Web.

Louis Bayard: "Roosevelt's Beast"

Louis Bayard: "Roosevelt's Beast"

April 3, 2014

After losing a bitter election in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt jumped at the chance to leave Washington. But his trek into the Amazon nearly killed him. An historical novel about the former president’s ill-fated expedition.

John Demos: "The Heathen School"

John Demos: "The Heathen School"

March 20, 2014

A new book about the history of a failed missionary school founded in early 19th century Connecticut which recruited boys from China, Hawaii and Native American nations. The multicultural school prospered for years, but eventually collapsed under the weight of colonial racism, setting off a chain of events that culminated tragically in the Trail of Tears.

What's Next For Russia's Relations With The West

What's Next For Russia's Relations With The West

March 20, 2014

Vladimir Putin has reclaimed Crimea as part of Russia. He's justifying the move in part as retribution for post-Cold War slights from the West. What's next for Russia's relations with the West and implications for NATO and regional security.

Crisis In Ukraine: A Vote On Crimea's Future

Crisis In Ukraine: A Vote On Crimea's Future

March 17, 2014

Crisis in Ukraine: a referendum in Crimea, Russian troops at the border and Kiev’s urgent pleas to the West. Join us to discuss escalating tensions in the region and their implications for Russia and the West.

Jim DeMint: "Falling In Love With America Again"

Jim DeMint: "Falling In Love With America Again"

March 10, 2014

The former South Carolina senator, Tea Party leader and current CEO of the Heritage Foundation argues that conservative ideas are at the heart of what America is all about.

A Special Rebroadcast: Diane's 1988 Interview With Shirley Temple Black

February 19, 2014

From the archives of The Diane Rehm Show: a special rebroadcast of a 1988 interview with Shirley Temple Black. The child star and former ambassador died last week at age 85.

Nancy Horan: "Under The Wide And Starry Sky"

Nancy Horan: "Under The Wide And Starry Sky"

January 29, 2014

The author of “Loving Frank” has turned the life of Robert Louis Stevenson into a work of historical fiction. The unexpected love affair that saved Stevenson’s life.

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