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Diane Rehm: On My Mind

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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.

Copyright WAMU 88.5 American University Radio - For Personal Use Only
6hr 38min
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ProPublica's Sharon Lerner on the fight to get "forever chemicals" out of America's drinking water – and the story of how they got there in the first place.
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The Republican National Convention, J.D. Vance and the myths and realities of Project 2025. Diane talks to Andrew Prokop of Vox about the emerging picture of a Trump second term.
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A Diane Rehm Book Club conversation with Sheila Johnson, the nation's first Black female billionaire, recorded live at WAMU's Black Box Theater. They discussed her memoir "Walk Through Fire."
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Retired DC Circuit judge David Tatel talks about his new book, "Vision: A Memoir of Blindness and Justice," and his grave concerns about the direction of Supreme Court.
Thumbnail for "The first Trump-Biden debate of 2024: "They both lost"".
The first presidential debate of the 2024 election took place last night. New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie breaks down what we learned, and how it might affect the race.
Thumbnail for "How Barbara Walters changed the news media for women -- and everyone else".
Journalist Susan Page talks about the woman who blazed a trail in television news – and changed the media forever. Her new book is "The Rulebreaker: The Life and Times of Barbara Walters."
Thumbnail for "How Trump's guilty verdict shifted the race for president (if not the minds of the voters)".
The New Yorker's Susan Glasser on the aftermath of Trump's guilty verdict, Biden's attempt to take on immigration, and the GOP's new wave of attacks on the country's justice system.
Thumbnail for "'The Spirit of America' vs. 'America First': Revisiting FDR's war of words with Charles Lindbergh".
In 1939 fascism was spreading around the world and America was at a crossroads. President Franklin D. Roosevelt argued for intervention while famed aviator Charles Lindbergh led a fierce isolationist movement with the slogan "America First." The former director of FDR's presidential library tells the story in a new book, "Awakening the Spirit of America."
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After years of battling a mysterious illness, Diana Williams chose to end her life with the help of Dignitas, a “death with dignity” organization in Switzerland. Before she did, she talked to Diane about her agonizing choice, and what she called a life well lived and a death well planned.
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Three years ago, conservative activists took over the school board in a small suburb in Texas. NBC News investigative reporter Mike Hixenbaugh has been following the story ever since. He says what happened in Southlake inspired a movement that threatens to undermine public education in America.

The push to remove "forever chemicals" from America's drinking water

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June 13, 202433min 17sec

Almost half the tap water in the United States contains PFAS, also called forever chemicals. This class of compounds never fully break down in nature and have been linked to serious health problems. 

In April the Environmental Protection Agency required the removal of PFAS from drinking water. Now industry is pushing back. This week a group of chemical and manufacturing companies sued the EPA, saying it overstepped its authority. 

ProPublica’s Sharon Lerner has been reporting on these substances for years. Her latest piece appears in The New Yorker and is titled “How 3M Discovered, then Concealed, the Dangers of Forever Chemicals.” 

Lerner joins Diane on this episode of On My Mind to talk about the history of PFAS and how they became so ubiquitous.