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The Diane Rehm Show on WFDD
Each week, listeners across the country and around the world 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.
Friday, December 13, 2013 1:13pm
After mounting protests, Ukraine's president says he intends to sign a trade agreement with the E.U. World leaders. Thousands of South African citizens pay respects to the late Nelson Mandela. And Time magazine names Pope Francis its "Man of the Year." A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top international news stories.
Friday, December 13, 2013 12:03pm
The House voted last night to approve a two-year budget deal. Its passage should reduce the chance of another government shutdown over Christmas break. The measure now moves to the Senate where Democrats have been busy confirming President Barack Obama's backlog of nominees. House Speaker John Boehner criticizes conservative groups for opposing the bipartisan deal, saying they have undermined their credibility. In the wake of its bungled rollout of the Affordable Care Act website, the White House makes some personnel changes. And a look at whether the gun control debate has changed a year after the Newtown shooting. A panel of journalists joins guest host Susan Page for analysis of the week's top domestic news stories.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 12:47pm
More than ever before, Americans want to be as active as possible as they get older. No longer willing to be hampered by aches and pains, Americans are demanding more mobility as they age and appear more willing to consider surgery. But some medical experts are concerned about the dramatic increase in spinal fusion surgery for back pain. Over the last 20 years, the procedure has risen six-fold in this country, becoming more common than hip replacements. Join guest host Susan Page for a panel discussion about worries that financial incentives for doctors may be influencing medical decisions.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:37am
It appears Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovich may have had a change of heart. He has reportedly told the European Union's foreign policy chief he "intends to sign" a trade deal with the E.U. that he rejected just last month. The news comes after the U.S. says it was "disgusted" by government crackdowns on protesters in Kiev and that it is considering sanctions against the former Soviet republic. Ukraine is heading for default in early 2014 without financial assistance, and an agreement with the West could bring in fresh investment with E.U. nations. But Yanukovich also faces pressure from Russia, which controls the flow of cheap natural gas into the republic. Guest host Susan Page and her guests discuss the unrest in Ukraine.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 1:33pm
America's favorite aristocrats are returning to the U.S. PBS' "Downton Abbey" is the British period drama that chronicles the lives of the Crawley family: Lord and Lady Grantham, their three daughters and a host of servants who keep their grand house running. The show digs into issues of class, gender and sexuality during an era of rapid change. Season four of the show premieres on Sunday, Jan. 5 on PBS stations around the country. Today on The Diane Rehm Show, catching up with the Crawleys of Downton Abbey.