The Diane Rehm Show

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Diane Rehm

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.

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  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 12:28pm

    Billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has never taken the traditional route. At 16, he dropped out of school to start “Student” magazine, marking the start of a lifetime spent building companies from scratch. Virgin Records, his first major venture, grew to become the world’s biggest independent record label. Today, Branson is worth $5 billion, and is as well-known for his publicity stunts and risk-taking as for his business success. One of his latest ventures may be the boldest yet: with plans to make commercial space flight a reality with Virgin Galactic, he says it’s time we stop looking at our iPhones and turn our gaze skyward. In his latest book, he reflects on more than 40 years of leadership and the risks that built the Virgin empire. Richard Branson on his unconventional life in business.

  • Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:28am

    World leaders are meeting today in New York for a U.N. climate summit. The U.N. secretary-general convened the summit hoping to build momentum for a global agreement on climate action next year. President Barack Obama is scheduled to address the gathering this afternoon. Notably absent from the summit are the heads of state of China and India. In addition to the U.S., those nations are two of the world's top emitters of greenhouse gases. And they're rapidly building new coal-burning power plants -- the largest contributors of carbon dioxide emissions around the world. Join Diane and her guests as they discuss the political and economic challenges of combating climate change.

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 12:28pm

    When Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were looking for someone to run their fledgling Internet start-up, they chose Eric Schmidt. The Bell Labs alum took the reins at Google just as the company faced a major battle with Microsoft. Under Schmidt’s leadership, Google established itself as the dominant Internet search engine and a global technology giant with more than $55 billion in annual revenues. Known for its "Don’t be Evil" corporate motto, the Mountain View, Calif., company is consistently ranked as the best place to work in the United States. A conversation with Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, on fostering innovation, managing millenials and how the company is responding to privacy concerns by consumers.

  • Monday, September 22, 2014 11:28am

    As many as 100,000 refugees have crossed into Turkey in the last three days, fleeing the violent onslaught of Islamic militants in Syria. With strikes against the group ISIS underway in Iraq since August, President Barack Obama has said he is ready to expand efforts into Syria. Yesterday, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power suggested the United States has secured the allies it needs for a first wave of strikes. But now, newly-disclosed information suggests ISIS may not be the only extremist threat to the U.S. out of Syria, raising concerns that the American military focus is too limited. And questions remain about the long and expensive process of vetting and training moderate Syrian rebels in the fight on the ground. A look at the extremist threats from Syria, and next steps for the U.S.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014 12:28pm

    In record-breaking turnout, voters in Scotland rejected independence from the U.K. Congress approved President Barack Obama's plans to train and arm Syrian rebels to combat the militant group ISIS. Ukrainian President Poroshenko visited Washington to ask for more military aid to fight the pro-Russian insurgency. Australia launched raids to thwart alleged plans for domestic terror attacks. And the U.N. Security Council called on member nations to boost their response to Ebola, calling the epidemic a "threat to international peace and security." A panel of journalists joins guest host Elise Labott for analysis of the week's top international news stories.