Politics

The Future Of Space Exploration

The Future Of Space Exploration

January 2, 2014

Diane and her guests discuss the next frontier in space exploration, the future of NASA and private space ventures.

The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2013

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

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.

Pope Francis And His Global Reach

December 23, 2013

Roman Catholics make up 17 percent of the world's population, but the new leader, Pope Francis, is emerging as a global voice of conscience. Diane and her guests discuss the pope, his message of compassion and his potential influence around the world.

Friday News Roundup - International

December 20, 2013

Ukraine accepts Russia’s bailout offer. Fighting in Syria escalates ahead of the January peace conference. And the U.S. and Britain evacuate citizens from South Sudan as violence spreads.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

December 20, 2013

Presidential advisers recommend the NSA not be allowed to collect and store Americans’ phone data. The Senate approves a two-year budget deal. And outgoing Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke says the stimulus program will gradually end next year.

New Efforts To Extend Jobless Benefits

December 18, 2013

Jobless benefits for 1.3 million Americans will expire after Christmas. Democrats have a new strategy they hope will pressure Republican lawmakers to extend those benefits. Diane and her guests discuss the battle over unemployment insurance.

Debate Over Proposed Global Trade Agreements

December 17, 2013

U.S. negotiators are pushing to reach agreement on a major trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a new deal with the European Union. But many unions, environmentalists and consumers are skeptical.

What's In The New Budget Deal And The Politics Behind The Negotiations

December 16, 2013

Congressional leaders strike a budget deal that eases the impact of sequestration and avoids another government shutdown. What's in the new budget deal and why some conservatives oppose the plan.

Friday News Roundup - International

December 13, 2013

After mounting protests, Ukraine’s president says he intends to sign a trade agreement with the E.U. World leaders. Thousands of South African citizens pay respects to the late Nelson Mandela. And Time magazine names Pope Francis its “Man of the Year.” A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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