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Neil MacGregor: "Shakespeare's Restless World: A Portrait Of An Era In Twenty Objects" (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2013

The author of "A History of the World in 100 Objects" talks with Diane about his newest work of historical reconstruction. In it, he presents 20 objects -- from a rapier and dagger found on the shore of the Thames to a "magical" mirror -- that illustrate the dynamic period in late 16th century England that produced William Shakespeare.

Pope Francis And His Global Reach

December 23, 2013

Roman Catholics make up 17 percent of the world's population, but the new leader, Pope Francis, is emerging as a global voice of conscience. Diane and her guests discuss the pope, his message of compassion and his potential influence around the world.

The Value Of Older Workers

December 19, 2013

Since 2008, the average retirement age has shifted upward by three years. How older workers are transforming the workplace and implications for employers and the U.S. economy.

Trends In Teenage Drug Use

December 19, 2013

According to a new NIH study, 60 percent of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana use as harmful. The director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse on trends in drug use among teenagers, prescription drug abuse and the science of drug addiction.

Debate Over Proposed Global Trade Agreements

December 17, 2013

U.S. negotiators are pushing to reach agreement on a major trade pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and a new deal with the European Union. But many unions, environmentalists and consumers are skeptical.

Addiction To Online Pornography

Addiction To Online Pornography

December 16, 2013

Pornography has existed since cavemen began drawing on walls. But in the Internet age, easy access to porn is creating problems for some.

Friday News Roundup - International

December 13, 2013

After mounting protests, Ukraine’s president says he intends to sign a trade agreement with the E.U. World leaders. Thousands of South African citizens pay respects to the late Nelson Mandela. And Time magazine names Pope Francis its “Man of the Year.” A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

The Challenges Of Claiming Nazi-Stolen Artwork

December 10, 2013

Germany recently published details about more than 100 artworks, including pieces by Picasso and Cézanne, discovered in Munich as part of a huge stash of suspected Nazi loot. Diane and her guests discuss why so little has been done to return stolen goods to Holocaust victims and their families and what this incident means for institutions and collectors in the U.S.

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports"

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports"

December 9, 2013

The author of a new book on sports says football is in serious need of reform. From low graduation rates among college players to harmful concussions: what it will take to clean up America's game.

New State Laws On Juvenile Justice

December 5, 2013

In a reversal of the tough-on-crime legislation of the late 1980s and 1990s, 23 states have enacted laws that aim to keep juveniles out of adult prisons and court systems. A panel discusses a range of factors, including suicides by youths in adult jails as well as the cost of adult prisons, that have led to new legislation across the country.

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