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The Diane Rehm Show
The Diane Rehm Show - Diane Rehm's unique interview style takes us behind the headlines, and into often personal stories... plus, your calls. Thoughtful and lively conversations on an array of topics with many of the most distinguished people of our times. Tune in for a lively mix of current events and public affairs programming that ranges from hard news analysis of politics and international affairs to in-depth examinations of religious issues, health and medical news, education and parenting.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 12:28pm
In 2008, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice sent Todd Moss, the Chief U.S. diplomat for West Africa, to Mauritania in the middle of a coup. His mission: to talk down the military general who had overthrown the government. Six years later, that former State Department official has used his experiences as the basis for his first novel, a political thriller centering around a fictional coup in Mali. Set against a backdrop of dysfunction in Washington, his re-creation of foreign policymaking is also a love letter to Africa and a call for increased U.S. partnership with the continent. Author Todd Moss joins us to talk about U.S.-Africa relations, in-fighting in Washington and using fiction to give readers a glimpse behind the closed doors of the State Department.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 11:28am
The U.S. plans to send 3,000 troops to West Africa as part of its increased efforts to fight the spread of Ebola. President Barack Obama will be in Atlanta today for a briefing from the CDC on the crisis and will detail additional crisis management plans. Some 4,200 people are reported to have been infected with the disease and at least 2,200 deaths have been reported in five countries. Efforts to treat and contain the virus have to date fallen far short of what's needed to treat those who are sick and monitor the many more who have been exposed. And epidemiologists warn that without urgent action the projections for how the disease will spread are ominous. Please join us to discuss the Ebola crisis and the world's response.
Monday, September 15, 2014 12:28pm
In Ian McEwan's new novel, a 17-year-old boy is dying. As a Jehovah's Witness, he cannot agree to a potentially lifesaving blood transfusion -- so a British family court judge must decide his fate. In doing so, she is forced to confront her own vulnerabilities, and learn to live with the consequences of her decision. McEwan, a Booker Prize-winning author, joins guest host Frank Sesno to discuss his latest novel.
Monday, September 15, 2014 11:28am
On Saturday, the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) released a video showing yet another hostage execution. The latest victim: British aid worker David Haines. It’s the third beheading of a captured western hostage since the U.S. began airstrikes Aug. 8 in Iraq. British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to news of the killing by vowing to “hunt down those responsible and bring them to justice.” Secretary of State John Kerry is in France today meeting with European and Arab leaders from more than 20 countries about building a coalition to confront ISIS. Guest host Frank Sesno and guests discuss the U.S. fight against the Islamic State and the extent of Arab and European government support.
Friday, September 12, 2014 12:28pm
President Obama for the first time says he will order air strikes in Syria against ISIS targets. In a televised address, he declares the U.S. will be relentless in destroying the jihadist group. Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Arab states agree to back military and financial efforts against it. The European Union imposes further sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis. With just days before an independence vote, British Prime Minister David Cameron urges Scotland to stay in the U.K. And health experts criticize the global response to the Ebola outbreak as inadequate. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.