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Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

Peter Finn and Petra Couvee: "The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, The CIA, And The Battle Over A Forbidden Book"

June 17, 2014

The dramatic and little-known story of the publication of "Dr. Zhivago" and how the epic novel about the 1917 Russian Revolution became a secret CIA weapon between East and West during the Cold War.

New Recalls And More Than 80 Lawsuits: The Future of General Motors

New Recalls And More Than 80 Lawsuits: The Future of General Motors

June 10, 2014

General Motors faces more than 80 lawsuits related to defective ignition switches. Last week it announced four new recalls. Diane and her guests discuss what's ahead for GM, its customers and its management.

Brando Skyhorse: "Take This Man"

Brando Skyhorse: "Take This Man"

June 4, 2014

Award-winning novelist Brando Skyhorse on his new memoir that explores his turbulent childhood.

New Data On Whether College Is Worth The Debt

New Data On Whether College Is Worth The Debt

May 28, 2014

New data suggest a college degree has never been more valuable. But many recent grads burdened with debt are struggling to find a good job. Diane and her guests discuss the value of a college degree, new proposals for college ratings by the federal government and whether some levels of higher education are worth the debt.

David McCullough, Jr.: "You Are Not Special" (Rebroadcast)

May 26, 2014

You are not special. That was the message behind a controversial commencement speech by a Massachusetts high school teacher that went viral on social media. In a new book, he defends his argument that teenagers are profoundly harmed by the growing pressure to be exceptional.

Think Tanks, Influence and Independence

Think Tanks, Influence and Independence

May 21, 2014

Think tanks play a major role in shaping public policy--yet, they are not legally required to disclose who funds their research. We discuss think tanks, influence and independence.

Primary Results And Prospects For A Republican Takeover Of The Senate

Primary Results And Prospects For A Republican Takeover Of The Senate

May 21, 2014

It’s called Mini Super Tuesday: What primary results from six states suggest about the strength of the Tea Party, prospects for progressive Democrats and the likelihood of a Republican takeover of the Senate.

India's Election:  Implications For The Country's Future And The World Economy

India's Election: Implications For The Country's Future And The World Economy

May 19, 2014

The Indian National Congress, which has governed India for nearly all the country’s post-independence history, has conceded defeat to the opposition. We discuss what the election results mean for India's future and the world economy.

Brown-versus-Board of Education: Sixty Years Later

Brown-versus-Board of Education: Sixty Years Later

May 15, 2014

On the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Diane and panel of guests will discuss the legacy of the Brown ruling and the state of racial integration and equality in public schools today.

Federal Land Management

Federal Land Management

May 12, 2014

The U.S. government owns approximately one of every two acres in Western states, but local lawmakers are renewing efforts to reduce federal control. Please join us to discuss the ongoing battles over grazing fees, drilling rights and protection for endangered species on federal land.

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