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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.
Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:28am
For the small Kurdish force defending the Syrian town of Kobani against ISIS, it’s been a brutal battle for more than a month . Coalition forces have supported defenders of the town just across Turkey’s border with air strikes and drops of weapons and ammunition have helped. Now Turkey has agreed to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross its borders and lend support on the ground. Turkey’s delayed and somewhat muted response to the embattled city’s plight reflects the complex and contradictory regional alliances that have, so far, stymied broad and decisive action against ISIS. Please join us to talk about Turkey’s role in the fight against ISIS.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 12:28pm
#GamerGate has put the issue of women and online harassment in the headlines. It started as an ex-boyfriend’s rant and turned into a debate about the video game industry. Alongside the legitimate online discussion, there emerged a campaign of cyber threats against female game developers and critics. Anonymous messages on Twitter became so violent that three women have fled their homes, while others were forced offline. Yet, no arrests have been made, and the cyber attacks continue. This case is extreme, but it reflects an experience that is not unique. A study from 2012 found that one in five adults in the U.S. has suffered online harassment –- and the majority of victims are women. Today on the show: a look at online harassment of women and why it's so hard to address.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 11:28am
Toll roads make up a fraction of America’s highways, but their number is growing. More than 5,000 miles of U.S. roads require tolls today, up 15 percent over the past decade. One reason: The highway trust fund is in crisis. It’s currently financed by a federal gas tax that has not risen since Bill Clinton was president. So states are looking for other ways to pay for much needed transportation projects. Current laws prohibit the tolling of existing interstate highways. But many infrastructure advocates would like to change that. Others argue public roads should be accessible to all Americans. Diane and her guests discuss how best to pay for highways and the future of toll roads.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:28pm
Morning Edition co-host David Greene spent five years in Russia as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief. During that time, he took a trip on the Trans-Siberian railway, reporting on the impressions, hopes and dreams of ordinary Russians. The experience affected him so deeply that Greene returned last year for another train trip. This time, he traveled nearly 6,000 miles, from Moscow to Vladivostok, interviewing people from all different parts of the country, including Siberia. The Russians he meets share the same struggle with old soviet ghosts of corruption and oppression. But most are deeply ambivalent about democratic reform. A cross-country journey into the heart of modern Russia.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:28am
On Election Day two weeks from now, voters in 36 states will go to the polls to choose their next governor. Of these contest, 28 include incumbents seeking another term. Somewhat striking in this election cycle is the fact that this time around many incumbents find themselves in highly competitive races. Some say voters are transferring frustration with Washington to candidates closer to home. Join us to discuss the 2014 gubernatorial races, why so many are so close what a party swap at the top could mean for state and national politics.