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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 25min
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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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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 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.
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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.
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About half of American voters say, if given the chance, they would replace both Trump and Biden on the ballot. While nearly two-thirds agree with the statement that “a third major party is needed.” Washington Post's Michael Scherer discusses what these attitudes mean for the 2024 race for the White House.
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To debate or not to debate? That has been an ongoing question in this year's presidential campaign. But last week Joe Biden said he'd be willing to share the stage with Donald Trump, making a face-off before November likely. Diane turns to an expert on presidential debates to look at their history and examine whether they are still relevant in today's political climate.
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As the effects of climate change become increasingly obvious, ideas once thought of as radical are becoming part of the mainstream debate. Cristopher Flavelle of the New York Times explains the promise and perils of geoengineering.
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Rethinking leadership in the U.S. Black Studies professor Eddie S. Glaude Jr. says Americans have looked to the political class to create a just democracy for too long – and it hasn't worked. In a new book he argues that we are the leaders we have been looking for and explains what that means for the 2024 election.
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Menopause. Once a taboo topic, the "m" word is having a moment – among celebrities, in the media, and in Washington, where President Biden recently signed an order that supports research into women's health. Dr. Sharon Malone says it's about time, and explains why understanding "the change" is critical for a woman's ability to get – and stay -- healthy.

'The Spirit of America' vs. 'America First': Revisiting FDR's war of words with Charles Lindbergh

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May 30, 202439min 58sec

In 1939 fascism was on the march around the world and America found itself at a crossroads. 

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt believed Hitler and the Nazis posed an existential threat to democracy. But the American public, still reeling from the Great Depression, remained wary of getting involved. 

Fascist sympathizers and powerful right-wing media groups egged on the isolationists. Famed aviator Charles Lindbergh became the voice of this opposition and over the ensuing two years a war of words played out between Lindbergh and Roosevelt. 

Paul Sparrow, the former director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library, tells this story in a new book, “Awakening the Spirit of America.”

“Awakening the Spirit” will be on bookstore shelves on June 4, 2024.