Society

Marlo Thomas: "It Aint Over..."

Marlo Thomas: "It Aint Over..."

May 1, 2014

From starring in “That Girl” to writing best-selling books and fundraising for cancer research, award-winning actress Marlo Thomas has in many ways reinvented herself. She talks about her life and other women who have started a new career or business mid-life.

The Personal, Social and Economic Costs of Racism

April 30, 2014

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was caught on tape making racist remarks about African-Americans. We discuss the personal, social and economic costs of racism.

George Saunders: "Congratulations, By The Way"

April 29, 2014

"Congratulations, By The Way," a new book featuring author George Saunders' 2013 graduation speech at Syracuse University, challenges us to lead a life of kindness.

An Aging Infrastructure And The Need For A New Era In Transportation Policy

An Aging Infrastructure And The Need For A New Era In Transportation Policy

April 29, 2014

Some 63,000 bridges in the US are deemed structurally deficient. We discuss aging infrastructure and the need for a new era in transportation policy

A Conversation With Congressman Henry Waxman

April 28, 2014

Henry Waxman is one of the longest-serving members of Congress. The veteran lawmaker talks with Diane on crafting the Clean Air Act and the new health care law and why he's leaving Congress after 40 years.

David McCullough, Jr.: "You Are Not Special"

April 24, 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.

Sexual Assaults On College Campuses And How Colleges And Universities Are Responding

April 24, 2014

This week, American University officials announced an investigation into emails that referred to sexual assault and rape. In late March, a Harvard University student anonymously disclosed her own experience with sexual assault in the...

A Special Readers' Review: A Celebration Of Poetry

A Special Readers' Review: A Celebration Of Poetry

April 23, 2014

A special Readers' Review: three poets join Diane to help mark national poetry month. They'll read their own work, discuss their inspirations and talk about the role poetry plays in society.

Ron Suskind: "Life, Animated: A Story Of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism"

April 22, 2014

How one family was able to use their autistic son's fascination with Disney characters to connect. We explore "affinity therapy" and the ongoing effort to reach children locked in an inner world.

Rising Poverty In America: The Causes And Consequences

Rising Poverty In America: The Causes And Consequences

April 22, 2014

A half century after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared war on poverty, more than 46 million Americans are poor - and that number is rising. What's behind poverty in the U.S. and what can be done about it.

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