Public Safety

Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

September 2, 2011

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories: President Obama appointed a labor economist to replace Austan Goolsbee ahead of next week's address to Congress on jobs; GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman unveiled his jobs plan; and several states tried to recover from one of the top ten natural disasters in U.S. history.

Financial and Political Challenges for FEMA

September 1, 2011

Hurricane Irene flooded communities, downed trees and stranded homeowners. As challenges for FEMA mount, some call for new limits on the agency’s role.

News Roundup - Hour 2

July 29, 2011

A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories: Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced the formation of a panel to investigate the police response to the Oslo massacre; Britain expelled the remaining staff of the Libyan embassy as it officially recognized the Libyan opposition; and the Mayor of Kandahar was killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan.

Natural Disasters and Government Relief Efforts

May 26, 2011

Following this week's deadly tornadoes, Congress is pushing for a $1 billion aid package. Natural disasters, government relief efforts and the long road to recovery.

Overcrowded Prisons and Public Safety

May 25, 2011

California may be forced to release thousands of felons to reduce overcrowding: What this week's Supreme Court decision could mean for prison populations and public safety.

Friday News Roundup - Hour 1

May 13, 2011

A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Reaction to Death of Osama bin Laden

May 2, 2011

President Obama announces a small team of Americans killed Osama bin Laden and took possession of his body after a firefight in Pakistan. Reaction to the death of the al Qaeda leader and implications for U.S. security.

Airline Safety and Inspections

April 6, 2011

The emergency landing of a Southwest flight prompts new questions about airline safety. The FAA calls for changes in the way aging aircraft are maintained and checked worldwide. Diane and guests discuss the risks of air travel today.

Nuclear Contamination in Japan

March 29, 2011

High levels of radioactivity in water in and around one of Japan's damaged reactors complicate ongoing clean-up efforts. Diane and a panel of experts provide an update on the nuclear contamination crisis and implications for the industry worldwide.

U. S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

March 23, 2011

One year ago today, President Obama signed into law sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act re-organized a sector that accounts for one-sixth of the national economy. Some of its more popular elements have already kicked in. Insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children with pre-existing conditions. And some preventative treatments are now free. But the law faces threats. In a mostly symbolic vote, the GOP-controlled House voted to repeal the Act as one of its first actions. And portions of it could be overturned by the Supreme Court. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the health care overhaul law.

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