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Fiftieth Anniversary Of President Kennedy's Assassination

Fiftieth Anniversary Of President Kennedy's Assassination

November 21, 2013

Diane and her guests discuss the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and its impact on American history.

Readers' Review: "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" By Ben Fountain

November 20, 2013

This month's Readers’ Review is a novel about eight American soldiers returning to Iraq. The men are media stars at home, but their painful reality is obscured as they are honored at a Thanksgiving Day football game.

Evolving American Attitudes On Same-Sex Marriage

November 20, 2013

A public rift in the Cheney family highlights the ongoing debate and controversy over the rights of gays and lesbians to marry. Diane and her guests explore evolving American attitudes on same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers And Regulators Take A Closer Look At Bitcoin

November 19, 2013

The Senate Homeland Security Committee hears testimony on the economic benefits of Bitcoin. Critics argue it provides a safe haven for drug traffickers and other criminals. Diane and her guests discuss new questions about the digital currency Bitcoin.

Jill Lepore: "Book Of Ages: The Life And Opinions Of Jane Franklin"

November 18, 2013

Historian Jill Lepore on the life of Jane Franklin, Ben Franklin's beloved sister. She was a passionate reader, a gifted writer and a shrewd observer of politics. But she was also a mother of 12 who lived in poverty and, like most women of her era, in near total obscurity.

Gregory Zuckerman: "The Frackers"

November 14, 2013

A Wall Street Journal reporter tells the inside story about the group of ambitious entrepreneurs behind the fracking energy revolution. A look at how these headstrong "frackers" ignored experts, made their fortunes and dramatically transformed America’s energy production.

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

November 12, 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.

Amazon, The U.S. Postal Service And The Push To Expand Same-Day Delivery

November 12, 2013

Amazon will use the U.S. Postal Service for Sunday deliveries in New York and Los Angeles with plans to expand the service to other cities. How the push toward same-day delivery is transforming online shopping and the retail industry.

Veterans Treatment Courts

November 11, 2013

A new court program offers a way to keep troubled veterans out of jail and get them the help they need for drug abuse and other addictions. How Veterans Treatment Courts are making a difference in the lives of returning soldiers.

Frederick Forsyth: "The Kill List"

November 7, 2013

Writer Frederick Forsyth has been called the master of international intrigue. His previous blockbusters include "The Day of the Jackal," “The Odessa File” and “The Dogs of War.” He joins guest host Tom Gjelten to talk about his newest novel, "The Kill List."

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