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Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

Dan Jones: "The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England" (Rebroadcast)

November 28, 2013

The Plantagenets were the dynasty that directly preceded the Tudors, ruling England for longer than any family before or since. Diane and bestselling author and historian, Dan Jones, discuss how their realm shaped England into the country we recognize today.

Research On Video Games And Mental Health

November 27, 2013

As we gather with friends and family for Thanksgiving, it’s pretty safe to say many of us will indulge in some unhealthy behavior. Maybe it’s eating too much turkey and pie, maybe it’s watching too many football games, or maybe...

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.

Religious Traditions And Challenges For Interfaith Families

Religious Traditions And Challenges For Interfaith Families

November 26, 2013

More than a third of marriages in the U.S. are now between people of different faiths. The everyday challenges of establishing traditions, raising children and blending different religions.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

November 22, 2013

President Barack Obama meets with insurance executives on fixing cancelled policies. Senate Republicans block the president's third judicial nominee in three weeks. And America marks the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.

Fiftieth Anniversary Of President Kennedy's Assassination

Fiftieth Anniversary Of President Kennedy's Assassination

November 21, 2013

Diane and her guests discuss the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its impact on American history.

Readers' Review: "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" By Ben Fountain

November 20, 2013

This month's Readers’ Review is a novel about eight American soldiers returning to Iraq. The men are media stars at home, but their painful reality is obscured as they are honored at a Thanksgiving Day football game.

Evolving American Attitudes On Same-Sex Marriage

November 20, 2013

A public rift in the Cheney family highlights the ongoing debate and controversy over the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Diane and her guests explore evolving American attitudes on same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers And Regulators Take A Closer Look At Bitcoin

November 19, 2013

The Senate Homeland Security Committee hears testimony on the economic benefits of Bitcoin. Critics argue it provides a safe haven for drug traffickers and other criminals. Diane and her guests discuss new questions about the digital currency Bitcoin.

Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

November 18, 2013

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

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