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Diane Rehm’s weekly podcast features newsmakers, writers, artists and thinkers on the issues she cares about most: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.

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Diane Rehm’s weekly podcast features newsmakers, writers, artists and thinkers on the issues she cares about most: what’s going on in Washington, ideas that inform, and the latest on living well as we live longer.

    Richard Haass and an American ‘Bill of Obligations’

    Richard Haass and an American ‘Bill of Obligations’

    Richard Haass has spent his career thinking about the United States' place in the world. A diplomat and policymaker, he served under four presidents in both Democratic and Republican administrations.

    Since 2003, Haass has headed the Council on Foreign Relations, a think tank focused on international policy. In his position he is often asked about the greatest threats to U.S. security from abroad. Over the years his answers have ranged from nuclear war to terrorism to climate change. 

    But recently he has come to believe the greatest threats to the United States come from within. 

    In his new book, “The Bill of Obligations,” Haass says we focus so much on individual rights that we have forgotten our responsibilities to the country – and one another. He tells Diane that our divisions have grown so deep that if we do not change course soon, he fears for the future of the country. 

    • 41 min
    Untangling The Lies Of Rep. George Santos

    Untangling The Lies Of Rep. George Santos

    George Santos remains in the House of Representatives – for now.

    Questions about the biography of the congressman from Long Island, New York became a national story when the New York Times published a piece in December, exposing lies about where Santos said he worked, went to school, and whether his family was Jewish, as he had claimed. But it was actually a small weekly paper in his district that first dug into his background months before.

    Grant Lally, the publisher of the North Shore Leader, told Diane about the series of stories his paper ran in September 2022 that called the then-candidate a fraud, a fabulist and “the talented Mr. Santos.”

    Diane also talked to Isaac Stanely-Becker, national political reporter at the Washington Post. He has been digging into George Santos’s finances and has uncovered falsehoods, Ponzi schemes, and even ties to a Russian oligarch.

    • 47 min
    The GOP's Plan To Investigate A "Weaponized" Government

    The GOP's Plan To Investigate A "Weaponized" Government

    House GOP members launched a new committee this week to investigate the “weaponization” of the U.S. government.

    These lawmakers claim federal law enforcement and national security agencies have targeted and silenced conservatives. The committee headed by far-right congressman Jim Jordan has been granted vast authority to collect information in an attempt to prove it.

    Some legal experts say this sets up the potential for a major clash between the legislative and executive branches of government, particularly when it comes to active investigations into Trump and the involvement of other lawmakers on January 6th.

    Mary McCord is executive director at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection. She is also a Department of Justice veteran, who rose to the role of Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security in 2016. She joined Diane to explain the goals of the committee and why she thinks it could embolden far-right extremism.

    • 32 min
    The Battle For Speaker Of The House

    The Battle For Speaker Of The House

    An historic stalemate is playing out in the fight over speaker of the House.

    The last time it took more than one round of voting to fill the top job in the House of Representatives the year was 1923. This week Republican Kevin McCarthy has fallen short on ballot after ballot (9 at the time of publication).

    Democrats predictably lined up behind minority leader Hakeem Jeffries, but it was actually a handful of far-right GOP lawmakers who have thwarted McCarthy’s bid. They continued to nominate and vote for other candidates, including former president Donald Trump, even as McCarthy’s camp promised concessions like positions for Freedom Caucus members on powerful committees.

    Veteran journalist Susan Page has covered dozens of votes for speaker, but never one like this. She joined Diane to discuss what this fight says about the Republican party – and politics in America today.

    • 33 min
    From The Archives: A Conversation With PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff

    From The Archives: A Conversation With PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff

    Judy Woodruff will step down as anchor of the PBS NewsHour this week. Her last show will be December 30.

    The veteran journalist first took on the role in 2013, co-hosting the program with Gwen Ifill. When Ifill died of cancer three years later, the network tried out several replacements, but eventually gave the reins to Woodruff to guide the show on her own.

    In May 2018 Woodruff joined Diane on On My Mind. They talked about her start as a reporter, the changing role of journalism over her nearly 55-year career, and how a family tragedy taught her about empathy and overcoming adversity.

    • 42 min
    From The Archives: Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton on Parenting, Poetry And Lullabies

    From The Archives: Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton on Parenting, Poetry And Lullabies

    The lengthy resume of legendary singer and actor Julie Andrews includes playing Mary Poppins, Maria von Trapp, and more recently,  the narrator of Netflix’s smash hit Bridgerton. 

    But Andrews is also a prolific children’s book author, co-authoring more than 31 books with her daughter, Emma Walton Hamilton. The two first joined Diane in 2006 to discuss their book “The Great American Mousical,” which introduced young children to Broadway.

    In 2009, Diane interviewed Andrews and Hamilton about a just-released anthology of children’s poems, songs and lullabies. The conversation covered parenthood, how to cultivate the love of reading, and why they say poetry helped them overcome some of the darkest moments in their own lives.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

Connie RR ,

Wonderful interviews

So glad Diane is still doing an hourly show each week!

BNoonan ,

Always a delight

Having just finished listening to the recent episode with Susan Page, I feel compelled to share a simple note of gratitude for each and every episode. Diane is simply one of the best, consistently. I always learn something new, often something surprising — no matter the topic, the way she does it is a delight.

PJeth111 ,

This is how it’s done

Diane is a lovely host. She’s long been a favorite of mine going back to her days when she hosted the best show on NPR. Her deep understanding of the issues and compassion for humanity should be an inspiration to us all. She’s the epitome of a class act.

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