Public Safety

Efforts To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use

October 16, 2012

Voters in Colorado, Oregon and Washington state weigh in on ballot initiatives that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. Federal law, state initiatives and the ongoing debate over legalizing pot.

Cybersecurity

October 15, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the United States is facing the possibility of a "cyber-Pearl Harbor." James Lewis of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Thom Shanker of the New York Times and Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology join Diane to discuss concerns over cybersecurity and the administration’s plans to combat the threat.

Tainted Steroid Injections And Public Health

October 10, 2012

Thousands of people may have been exposed to deadly fungal meningitis from tainted steroid injections for back and neck pain: What the outbreak reveals about regulations, oversight of compounding pharmacies and risks to public health.

The Future Of Driving

September 27, 2012

A new California law allows self-driving cars on state roads. Proponents promise computer-controlled vehicles will reduce accidents and congestion. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests discuss the future of driving in the digital age.

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

Dr. Marty Makary: "Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You And How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care"

September 19, 2012

The role of government in health care is a hot-button political issue in today's debates. But a top surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital argues the most important reform needed is more transparency. Dr. Marty Makary describes how to make medicine more accountable.

Delays In New Food Safety Regulations

August 22, 2012

More than two dozen people have died after eating contaminated cantaloupes. Food safety advocates say outbreaks like these could have been prevented under a new law. Diane and guests explore what’s holding up food safety rules.

New Concerns Over Air Traffic Safety

August 7, 2012

Recent accounts of near collisions. Ensuring the safety of air travel as traffic increases and the Federal Aviation Administration transitions to a new control system.

Using Prescription Medication For An Academic Edge

Using Prescription Medication For An Academic Edge

July 26, 2012

A growing number of high school and college students are using ADHD drugs to gain an academic edge: Adderall abuse and what's being done to address it.

Law Enforcement’s Growing Reliance On Cell Phone Data

July 25, 2012

Last year, law enforcement agencies made 1.3 million requests for cell phone user information. New questions about digital privacy and mobile surveillance.

Ending Violence Against Women Worldwide

July 12, 2012

The public execution of an Afghan woman falsely accused of adultery has prompted international outrage. New efforts to curb violence against women.

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