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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.

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

Readers' Review: "The Grapes Of Wrath" By John Steinbeck

January 22, 2014

For our January Readers’ Review: “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck. Published almost 75 years ago, Steinbeck’s story of the Joad family's migration from Dust Bowl Oklahoma to California holds important lessons for today...

The Moral And Economic Costs Of Slavery (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2014

The film "12 Years a Slave" is a brutal reminder of the connection between America's early economic success and the North American slave trade. Facing up to the moral and economic cost of slavery.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

January 16, 2014

Robert Gates is making headlines with his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Known for his poker face, the former defense secretary has published a strikingly candid account of his years of service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities"

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities"

January 14, 2014

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed the institution’s involvement in slavery, setting off a controversy that made headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In a new book, American history professor Craig Steven Wilder lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery and the American academy.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927" (Rebroadcast)

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927" (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2013

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

Neil MacGregor: "Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait Of An Era In Twenty Objects" (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2013

The author of "A History of the World in 100 Objects" talks with Diane about his newest work of historical reconstruction. In it, he presents 20 objects -- from a rapier and dagger found on the shore of the Thames to a "magical" mirror -- that illustrate the dynamic period in late 16th century England that produced William Shakespeare.

Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

Washington Dysfunction And The U.S. Constitution

December 5, 2013

There's widespread agreement that our government is not working well. Legal scholars debate the causes of dysfunction in Washington and how the U.S. Constitution plays a role.

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