Society

Access To Abortion 41 Years After Roe V. Wade

January 22, 2014

A surge in anti-abortion measures in more than half the states has altered the landscape for abortion availability. Diane and her guests discuss how access to abortion has changed in the 41 years since the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports" (Rebroadcast)

Gregg Easterbrook: "The King Of Sports" (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2014

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.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates: "Duty: Memoirs Of A Secretary At War"

January 16, 2014

Robert Gates is making headlines with his new book, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War." Known for his poker face, the former defense secretary has published a strikingly candid account of his years of service under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities"

Craig Steven Wilder: "Ebony And Ivy: Race, Slavery, And The Troubled History Of America's Universities"

January 14, 2014

A 2006 report commissioned by Brown University revealed the institution’s involvement in slavery, setting off a controversy that made headlines across the country. But Brown’s troubling past was far from unique. In a new book, American history professor Craig Steven Wilder lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery and the American academy.

Chang-Rae Lee: "On Such A Full Sea"

January 13, 2014

Award-winning author Chang-rae Lee talks about the genesis for his new dystopian novel. It is a cautionary tale of income inequality, class divisions and environmental decline.

Understanding How Unemployment Insurance Works

January 13, 2014

Unemployment insurance first started in the Depression era by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. As the Senate weighs extending unemployment benefits, a look at how it works -- and answering your questions.

Coverage Begins Through The Affordable Care Act

Coverage Begins Through The Affordable Care Act

January 2, 2014

Health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act is slated to begin Jan. 1, 2014. Diane and her guests discuss the status of the program rollout and how sign-up deadline extensions and exemptions have affected insurers and consumers.

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

December 31, 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.

Shirley Jones: "Shirley Jones: A Memoir" (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2013

Shirley Jones is best known for her starring roles in classic musicals like "Oklahoma!," "Carousel" and "The Music Man." And, of course, she portrayed one of TV's iconic moms in the '70s hit sitcom, "The Partridge Family." Fewer fans may know of her Oscar-winning dramatic role as a prostitute in the 1960 film "Elmer Gantry." Diane speaks with Shirley Jones about her career as a singer, actor and, now, an author.

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927" (Rebroadcast)

Bill Bryson: "One Summer: America, 1927" (Rebroadcast)

December 24, 2013

Bestselling author Bill Bryson joins us to talk about his newest book, "One Summer: America, 1927." He details the events that transfixed the nation in that year including Charles Lindbergh's transatlantic flight, Babe Ruth in the batter's box and epic floods in the Mississippi basin. Join us to talk about America in 1927 and how many of the key news stories of that year resonate today.

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