Politics

Flora Fraser: "Princesses" (Knopf)

April 20, 2005

18th century British monarch George III - sometimes called "Mad King George" - had six daughters, and tried to keep them unmarried and living at home. An acclaimed royal biographer describes the lives of these six beautiful...

Carl Anthony: "Nellie Taft" (William Morrow)

April 12, 2005

Helen Herron Taft was the wife of the 27th President of the United States. A new biography looks at the unconventional role she took as First Lady during an era of technological advances, racial and class struggles, increased rights for...

Charles Rossotti: "Many Unhappy Returns" (Harvard Business School Press)

April 7, 2005

As Americans wrestle with the annual task of preparing tax returns, a former IRS commissioner talks about the challenges he faced in trying to reform our tax system.

Rep. Tom DeLay and the Republican Party

April 6, 2005

House Majority Leader Tom DeLay faces ethics investigations in Congress and criticism related to the Terri Schiavo controversy. Diane and her guests talk about DeLay's leadership and the Republican Party.

Nancy Soderberg: "The Superpower Myth" (Wiley)

April 5, 2005

A high-ranking intelligence official from the Clinton Administration and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN discusses compares and contrasts foreign policy objectives under President Clinton to those of the current administration.

Iraqi Politics

March 31, 2005

The Iraqi National Assembly will meet again this coming Sunday to try to fill the position of speaker, after meeting without success on Tuesday. Diane and her guests talk about the latest on the Iraqi political process.

Filibustering of Judicial Nominees

March 30, 2005

Diane and her guests discuss proposed Senate rules changes that would prohibit the filibustering of judicial nominees.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

March 29, 2005

A series of pension failures in recent years has left the federal agency responsible for ensuring those plans in the red. A panel talks about ideas for strengthening the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and how they would affect...

Medicare

March 28, 2005

President Bush says Social Security is facing a crisis. But two Social Security trustees say Medicare is in worse shape. Diane and her guests talk about Medicare's financial picture, proposals for fixing some of its problems, and how they...

Melissa Boyle Mahle: "Denial and Deception" (Nation Books)

March 22, 2005

A former CIA operative talks about her 14 years at the agency. She examines what went wrong leading up to 9/11 and includes accounts of field operations in the Middle East and an insider's view of the political and operational culture of...

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