Diane Rehm: On My Mind-logo

Diane Rehm: On My Mind


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.

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.


Washington, DC




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.






(202) 885-1200


What's Next For The January 6 Committee?

The clock is ticking on the House Jan. 6 committee. With the midterm elections a little more than a month away and control of the House uncertain, experts are beginning to wonder what the endgame is for the investigation, even as Hurricane Ian postponed the ninth, and perhaps last, public hearing. By most accounts, the committee's efforts thus far have proven more successful than anticipated in both unearthing new evidence and drawing attention to the role of former President Trump in...


A New History Of Trump's Presidency Reveals Lessons For The Future

Susan Glasser and Peter Baker are veteran political journalists who closely covered Donald Trump’s rise years in the oval office. He as the New York Times chief White House correspondent, she as a staff writer for The New Yorker. Yet, the husband-and-wife team felt there was more to know – more the American public should know about what went on behind the scenes. The result is their new book, “The Divider.” They say it is an attempt to create a comprehensive historical record of the era –...


Is Ukraine Winning The War With Russia?

Could Ukraine win the war with Russia? For months it looked like Russia was waging – and winning -- a battle of attrition. But last week Ukrainian forces made dramatic gains on the battlefield, retaking vast areas of land, including Ukraine’s second largest city. And now some experts say this could be the beginning of a victory for Kyiv. Angela Stent is a longtime Russia analyst and author of “Putin’s World: Russia against the West And with the Rest.” She joined Diane to help explain...


Drawing A Line From McCarthyism To January 6th

David Corn is a veteran reporter at Mother Jones Magazine who has watched the evolution of politics in Washington for decades. In a new book he argues the extremism that led to January 6th goes back at least 70 years to Sen. Joseph McCarthy and his high profile hunt for alleged Communists inside the State Department, the White House, the Treasury, and even the US Army. Corn outlines a series of deliberate choices by the Republican Party between the 1950s and today that he says nurtured and...


The Story Of Physician Assisted Death In America

Anthropologist Anita Hannig spent the last five years learning everything she could about medically assisted death in the United States. She talked to doctors, patients, caregivers and lawmakers. She stood with families as they said goodbye to their loved ones. She learned about the medications used to hasten death and the ways laws were structured to build in safeguards against abuses. She joins Diane to discuss her new book, "The Day I Die.”


Understanding Monkeypox — And Why The U.S. Failed To Contain It

Diane talks to Washington Post health reporter Dan Diamond about the scope of the monkeypox outbreak, just how dangerous the virus is, and the government's botched effort to stop the spread.


A New, Inclusive Look At The Struggle For Women’s Equality In The US

Diane talks to historian Elisabeth Griffith about the fight for women's equality in the U.S., including battles won and lost, and the struggle to create an inclusive path toward fair treatment for all.


Understanding Today’s Puzzling U.S. Economy

Inflation is high. The GDP has shrunk. But the job market has never been better. The Washington Post's Damian Paletta helps make sense of the U.S. economy today.


How The Housing Crisis Spread, And What Happens Now

From high mortgage rates to shortages that have spread coast to coast, New York Times reporter Emily Badger explains the roots -- and consequences of our country's broken housing system.


The Tuskegee Study, 50 Years Later

Fifty years after the Tuskegee study, Diane talks to Harvard's Evelynn Hammonds about the intersection of race and medicine in the United States, and the lessons from history that can help us understand health inequities today.


What’s Next In The Fight Over Abortion

Pills, the right to travel and fetal personhood laws -- Diane talks to Temple University Law School's Rachel Rebouché about what's next in the fight over abortion in the U.S.


Jan. 6 And The Ongoing Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism

What's happened to groups like the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys post-January 6, and the ongoing threat of far-right extremism in this country. Diane talks to Sam Jackson, author of "Oath Keepers: Patriotism and the Edge of Violence in a Right-Wing Antigovernment Group"


Setting The Record Straight On The Female Species

For centuries science described male animals as aggressive, promiscuous, and dominant, and females as pretty much the opposite. Author Lucy Cooke says we got it wrong and updates our understanding of the queens of the animal kingdom.


A Strengthening Case Against Donald Trump

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade digs into the week's explosive testimony at the January 6th committee hearing -- and whether it pushes the Department of Justice closer to an indictment of Donald Trump.


The Jan. 6 Hearings So Far: Enough To Launch A Criminal Investigation?

A look at what we have learned so far from the public hearings of the January 6 Committee. Diane talks to Ryan Goodman, professor at New York University's School of Law. He explains what is next in the investigation, including whether we might see criminal charges against former President Donald Trump.


“Sitting With The Ugliness Of The Past”: A Conversation With “1619 Project” Contributors

To mark Juneteenth, a conversation with three contributors to "The 1619 Project" about what happens when we place slavery and its legacy at the center of the American story. Diane talks to New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie, history professor Martha S. Jones and Jake Silverstein, editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.


Novelist Jennifer Haigh On Fictionalizing The Fight Over Abortion

Author Jennifer Haigh discusses her latest novel, "Mercy Street." Set at an abortion clinic in Boston, it tells the stories of the patients, employees, and protesters whose lives intersect there.


Biden Says “We Have To Act” On Guns. Can We?

The New Yorker's Susan Glasser looks at the history of Washington's reactions to mass shootings -- and the politics of passing new gun laws today.


Untangling The Mystery Of Long Covid

The Atlantic's Katherine Wu discusses what we know -- and what we are still struggling to understand -- about long Covid.


Russia, Ukraine And The Global Economic Battlefield

As the war in Ukraine grinds on, a look at the economic battlefield and how the conflict might permanently reshape the global economy. Diane talks to Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.