Society

Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

Nicholas Basbanes: "On Paper"

October 17, 2013

A new book on one of society's most ubiquitous products. Since its invention 2,000 years ago in China, paper has revolutionized human civilization. A look at paper's sweeping influence on society from Islamic scholarship to the Pentagon Papers.

Congress Agrees To End Federal Government Shutdown And Avert A U.S Debt Default

October 17, 2013

Congress passed a last-minute spending bill to end the government shutdown and temporarily lift the debt limit. Diane and her guests discuss how the deal happened and what this crisis could mean for the future of the U.S. political process.

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

October 15, 2013

The modern history of treating mental illness in America: Why the U.S. fails to meet the needs of so many people suffering from mental illness and what can be done about it.

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

October 10, 2013

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

Impact Of The Federal Government Shutdown On Americans

October 10, 2013

As the federal government shutdown enters its second week, we look at how it is affecting average Americans. Diane and her guests discuss the impact of Washington's gridlock on individuals, towns and states.

Why Alcohol Abuse Among Women Is On The Rise

October 9, 2013

Closing the gender gap in alcohol abuse: DUIs, "drunkorexia" and health problems are growing along with increased marketing to the female market. An award-winning journalist offers her personal story of alcoholism and a plea for tougher social policies.

A Preview Of The U.S. Supreme Court's Fall Term

October 7, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session, with justices planning to hear cases on campaign finance, affirmative action and the constitutionality of legislative prayer. A preview of the Court's fall term.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927"

September 30, 2013

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

Juan Gabriel Vasquez: "The Sound Of Things Falling"

September 23, 2013

A new novel set in Colombia explores what happens when an entire nation is gripped by fear. How Colombia's brutal drug wars alter a generation - and how a nation reclaims its soul.

Margaret Atwood: "MaddAddam"

September 19, 2013

In the third book in a dystopian trilogy, Margaret Atwood writes about what happens to a small group of survivors after a pandemic wipes out most of humanity.

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