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The Freelance Economy (Rebroadcast)

The Freelance Economy (Rebroadcast)

September 2, 2013

As many as one-third of workers in the United States -- an estimated 42 million people -- work as freelancers. While freelancing offers flexibility and autonomy, it also comes with no benefits and no job security. A look at the pros and cons of the new "freelance economy."

Fifty Years After The March On Washington

August 28, 2013

Guest host Frank Sesno and his guests discuss the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington and the state of civil rights in America today.

Judith Flanders: "The Invention Of Murder"

Judith Flanders: "The Invention Of Murder"

August 26, 2013

Author Judith Flanders joins guest host Frank Sesno to talk about the evolution of the real -- and fictional -- crime story.

Growing Pressure On The U.S. To Respond To Events In Syria

August 26, 2013

President Barack Obama says the time frame for action in Syria is growing short. Guest host Frank Sesno and a panel of experts discuss allegations of a large scale chemical weapons attack and growing pressure on the U.S. to respond.

New Details On The Scope Of NSA Surveillance

August 22, 2013

The National Security Agency's surveillance network can tap into about 75 percent of all U.S. Internet traffic. New details on how the program operates and its reach into the communications of ordinary Americans.

Readers' Review:  "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" By Muriel Spark

Readers' Review: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" By Muriel Spark

August 21, 2013

For our August Readers' Review: the story of a charismatic, unconventional teacher and the influence she has on her pupils.

Ruthann Robson: "Dressing Constitutionally"

August 20, 2013

Some have a flair for jewelry and well-tailored clothes. Others choose provocative and edgy looks, while others prefer plain and simple. But whether you to dress to impress or throw on whatever is clean that day, it’s unlikely the...

The Changing Suburbs

The Changing Suburbs

August 7, 2013

For decades, the suburbs were seen as ideal communities for middle and upper class families looking for good schools and safe communities. But now, suburbia is home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.

Smoking In America Today

August 5, 2013

An increasing number of Americans believe both public and private smoking should be illegal. The tobacco industry has taken notice by pushing electronic and lower-nicotine cigarettes. Meanwhile, new screening standards aim to save more smokers from lung cancer. Diane and her guests discuss the state of smoking in America today.

New Efforts To Prevent Domestic Homicide

New Efforts To Prevent Domestic Homicide

August 1, 2013

Police and domestic violence organizations are trying a new approach to curb domestic homicide. Law enforcement, the courts and victim advocates are starting to work together to prevent murders by predicting when they might happen by using a checklist of high-risk factors.

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