Public Safety

Implications Of A World Without Snow

February 11, 2014

Since the 1970s, the rate of winter warming per decade in the U.S. has accelerated significantly. Why some say it's time to think about the implications of a world without snow.

The Dangers Of Shipping Crude Oil By Rail And Calls For New Safety Rules

January 27, 2014

Shipping crude oil by rail increased sharply in the past decade and the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended stricter safeguards. What new safety rules could mean for industry, population centers and the Keystone XL pipeline.

New Chemical Identified In West Virginia's Elk River Spill

January 23, 2014

A chemical spill left 300,000 West Virginians without safe tap water. Now, weeks later, officials say they've identified a second chemical. An update on the spill and safeguarding Americans' water supply.

The U.S. National Security Apparatus

January 6, 2014

In the aftermath of disclosures by Edward Snowden, President Barack Obama plans to propose changes at the National Security Agency. Diane and her guests discuss rethinking U.S. security policies in effect since 9/11.

New State Laws On Juvenile Justice

December 5, 2013

In a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the late 1980s and 1990s, 23 states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. A panel discusses a range of factors, including suicides by youths in adult jails as well as the cost of adult prisons, that have led to new legislation across the country.

U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

U.S. Bishops Face A Lawsuit Over Abortion Policies At Roman Catholic Hospitals

December 4, 2013

The ACLU is suing U.S. Catholic bishops over anti-abortion policies that it claims endanger women’s lives. Diane and her guest discuss the legal rights of pregnant women at Roman Catholic hospitals.

New Efforts To Limit NSA Surveillance Powers

November 27, 2013

A Senate committee bill permits the NSA to continue its dragnet approach to surveillance. But many argue routine record collection should be outlawed. Diane and her guests discuss the limits of privacy, liberty and national security.

New Reports Allege US Drone Strikes Violate International Law

October 23, 2013

In new reports, human rights groups allege U.S. drone strikes unlawfully killed civilians in Pakistan and Yemen in violation of international law. Diane and her guests discuss the new questions about the legality of the U.S. drone program.

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

October 15, 2013

The modern history of treating mental illness in America: Why the U.S. fails to meet the needs of so many people suffering from mental illness and what can be done about it.

How Government Security Clearances Are Granted

September 19, 2013

President Barack Obama ordered a broad review of security clearance procedures for federal workers and contractors. New questions about background checks and security credentials.

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