Politics

U.S.-China Relations

March 21, 2005

As U.S. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice departs Beijing, Terence Smith and guests talk about U.S. relations with the country some believe is already the next superpower.

Drilling in ANWR

March 16, 2005

The Senate is expected to vote soon on a measure that could clear the way to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Diane and her guests talk about what's at stake and the likely consequences of the vote.

Patrick Radden Keefe: "Chatter" (Random House)

March 9, 2005

An important tool in the fight against terrorism is electronic eavesdropping. But spying raises questions of security, privacy and government secrecy. The story of how the government eavesdrops, who they target, and whether the...

The Bankruptcy Bill

March 8, 2005

Diane and her guests talk about the bankruptcy bill now before the Senate. Supporters say it would reduce abuse of the system, while opponents say it would degrade an important safety net.

Ambassador Nabil Fahmy of Egypt

March 7, 2005

The Egyptian ambassador to the U.S. joins Diane to talk about changes in the Egyptian political process and developments in Lebanon, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Kishore Mahbubani: "Beyond the Age of Innocence" (PublicAffairs)

March 3, 2005

Singapore's former Ambassador to the United Nations offers his perspective on how the world sees the United States. He writes about growing disillusionment with the U.S. and what the world's only remaining superpower should do about it.

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa)

March 1, 2005

Diane talks with Senator Grassley about Social Security, the FDA, his proposed changes to bankruptcy law, and other issues.

Drug Safety and the FDA

February 22, 2005

Vioxx, antidepressants, and a new FDA drug safety board are all on the agenda as Steve Roberts leads a discussion about the Food and Drug Administration and how well it is protecting consumers.

Christopher de Bellaigue: "In the Rose Garden of the Martyrs" (HarperCollins)

February 18, 2005

Iran is one of the least well-understood countries in the world. An English journalist who's lived there for the past three years (and is married to an Iranian) offers an inside look at the people and the recent history of a country...

Iraqi Election Results

February 15, 2005

Diane and her guests talk about the results of the recent Iraqi elections: who attracted the most votes and why, the next steps toward a permanent government, how political developments will affect the U.S. military presence in Iraq, and...

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