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The Constitution Today - Separation of Powers

The Constitution Today - Separation of Powers

October 19, 2010

Diane launches a new series focusing on the U.S. Constitution. We begin with an examination of the separation of powers among the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government.

Walter Mondale: "The Good Fight"

October 12, 2010

A sluggish U.S. economy, threats from Islamic fundamentalists and strong Republican challenges - Walter Mondale says he's been there. The former Democratic Vice President offers words of advice.

Stephen Breyer: "Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View" (Knopf)

October 7, 2010

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer discusses how the nation's highest court can maintain the public's confidence, his perspective on the Constitution as a living document, and his pragmatic approach to deciding cases.

The Supreme Court's Fall 2010 Session

The Supreme Court's Fall 2010 Session

October 4, 2010

For the first time, the U-S Supreme Court has three women on the bench. As the court opens session on Monday: a preview of the new term and how Justice Elena Kagan could affect the Court’s dynamics.

David Plouffe on the Democrats and the Midterm Elections

September 30, 2010

The manager of President Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, David Plouffe, talks with guest host Katty Kay about the challenges facing Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Keith Jeffery: " The Secret History of the MI6: 1909 to 1949"

Keith Jeffery: " The Secret History of the MI6: 1909 to 1949"

September 29, 2010

The authorized history of the world oldest and most storied foreign intelligence service.

Robert Gottlieb:  "Sarah"

Robert Gottlieb: "Sarah"

September 21, 2010

19th century actress Sarah Bernhardt had a flair for the dramatic -- both on and off the stage. A new biography separates fact from the many fictions about her life. Diane and author Robert Gottlieb explore Bernhardt's improbable rise to...

Understanding the Constitution

September 20, 2010

A new poll shows 86 percent of Americans believe the Constitution is important to their daily lives. But less than one third have read it. Diane and her guests discuss how this document came about, the compromises that enabled it to pass...

Thalidomide and the FDA

Thalidomide and the FDA

September 16, 2010

Fifty years ago, a newly appointed medical officer at the FDA stood up to corporate pressure and refused to approve thalidomide, the drug already used for morning sickness in other parts of the world. The case transformed how Americans...

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

Richard Harvell: "The Bells"

September 14, 2010

A new novel takes us from an abbey in rural Switzerland to the slums and courts of 18 th century Vienna to tell the story of a singer worshiped by opera lovers as an angel. The beauty and tragedy behind this voice.

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