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Congressional Districts, Demographics And Prospects For Moving Beyond Gridlock In Washington

October 21, 2013

The recent shutdown and debt ceiling crisis that paralyzed Washington prompts new questions about polarization of the U.S. electorate. Diane and her guests discuss congressional districts, demographic patterns and prospects for moving beyond gridlock in Washington.

Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

October 17, 2013

A new book on one of society's most ubiquitous products. Since its invention 2,000 years ago in China, paper has revolutionized human civilization. A look at paper's sweeping influence on society from Islamic scholarship to the Pentagon Papers.

Congress Agrees To End Federal Government Shutdown And Avert A U.S Debt Default

October 17, 2013

Congress passed a last-minute spending bill to end the government shutdown and temporarily lift the debt limit. Diane and her guests discuss how the deal happened and what this crisis could mean for the future of the U.S. political process.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927"

September 30, 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.

Eric Schlosser: "Command And Control"

Eric Schlosser: "Command And Control"

September 17, 2013

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? He joins guest host Steve Roberts in studio to talk about his new book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety."

President Obama’s Leadership Challenges At Home And Abroad

September 16, 2013

Guest host Frank Sesno and panelists discuss U.S. efforts to reach an agreement with Russia on chemical weapons in Syria and the looming budget crisis. An update on President Barack Obama's leadership challenges at home and abroad.

Fifty Years After The March On Washington

August 28, 2013

Guest host Frank Sesno and his guests discuss the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington and the state of civil rights in America today.

Debate Over U.S. Policy Toward Egypt

August 21, 2013

Regional powers are taking sides in the conflict between Egypt's interim military government and ousted Muslim Brotherhood leaders. We explore the debate over U.S. leverage and its potential role in the conflict.

Ricky Skaggs: "Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music"

August 15, 2013

Grammy Award-winning musician Ricky Skaggs reflects on 50 years of playing bluegrass and country hits. In a new memoir, he recalls his early days as a child prodigy in Kentucky and later performing with Ray Charles, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.

Richard Cohen: "Sugar Love: A Not-So Sweet Story"

Richard Cohen: "Sugar Love: A Not-So Sweet Story"

July 23, 2013

The bittersweet history of sugar: why we crave it, how our bodies evolved to process it and what it’s doing to our health today.

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