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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 29min
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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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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.
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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.
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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."
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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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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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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.

How U.S. Public Schools Became Political Battlegrounds

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May 16, 202435min 55sec

Three years ago, conservative activists took over the school board in a small suburb in Texas. They ended diversity initiatives, rolled back LGBTQ protections, and banned books they said did not reflect their values. 

Mike Hixenbaugh, NBC News senior investigative reporter, has been following the story ever since. He says what happened in Southlake inspired a movement that threatens to undermine public education in America. 

Hixenbaugh’s reporting led to the award-winning podcast, Southlake, and the new book “They Came for the Schools.” He joined Diane to talk about one town's fight over race and identity, and the new war for America’s classrooms