Society

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.

Rana Dasgupta: "Capital: The Eruption of Delhi"

Rana Dasgupta: "Capital: The Eruption of Delhi"

May 8, 2014

A new book paints a portrait of modern Delhi. We look at the transformation of India’s capital city from a rural backwater locale to the center of the nation’s new global elite.

The Battle For Political Control Of State Governments

May 6, 2014

Republicans have legislative majorities in 26 states and are working to build on that success. We discuss the battle for control of state governments and implications for environmental, economic and social policy.

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.

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