Public Safety

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.

The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure

March 22, 2011

The crisis in Japan has prompted new questions about infrastructure risks in the U-S. Details of a bipartisan proposal to use both private and public funds for this country’s crumbling dams, weakening bridges and failing water systems.

Vaccines and Autism: A Story of Medicine, Science and Fear

February 2, 2011

The deadly consequences of fraudulent vaccine research: How a now-discredited study on a possible link between a childhood vaccine and autism became widely known and continues to incite debate and fear.

Financial Strains on Cities

January 25, 2011

The city of Camden, New Jersey, is cutting nearly half its police force. A city in California proposes to pay creditors only a fraction of what they're owed: Tax hikes, service cuts and threats of bankruptcy in cash-strapped U-S cities.

Renewed Calls for Gun Control

Renewed Calls for Gun Control

January 12, 2011

The shooting rampage in Arizona prompts a new look at gun laws. Renewed debate over gun control and prospects for stricter legislation.

Shootings in Arizona

January 10, 2011

Diane and guests provide an update on the shooting rampage in Tuscon, Arizona on Saturday that claimed the lives of six people and injured at least 14 others including Arizona Congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, said to be the target of the attack.

Molly Caldwell Crosby: "Asleep" (Rebroadcast)

Molly Caldwell Crosby: "Asleep" (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2010

A sleeping sickness epidemic in the wake of the 1918 influenza pandemic has been nearly forgotten. Scientists still don't know what caused it and why it suddenly disappeared, but they fear it could happen again.

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