The Diane Rehm Show

The Diane Rehm Show
Genre Talk radio
Running time 102 minutes 40 seconds
Country United States
Language(s) English
Home station WAMU
Syndicates NPR
Sirius Satellite Radio
Hosted by Diane Rehm
Produced by Sandra Pinkard
Nancy Robertson
Susan Casey
Denise Couture
Monique Nazareth
Sarah Ashworth
Recording studio Washington, DC
Air dates 1970s to present
Audio format Stereophonic
Opening theme Allègre from "Toot Suite", Maurice André, trumpet, Claude Bolling, piano and composer
Ending theme Same as opening theme
Podcast Podcast / RSS Feed

The Diane Rehm Show is an NPR (National Public Radio) call-in show based in the United States. In October 2007, The Diane Rehm Show was named to the Audience Research Analysis list of the top ten most powerful national programs in public radio, the only talk show on the list. ACT 1 Systems Inc., which is independent from Arbitron, estimated that program (sometimes shortened to "The DR Show") at that time had "1.7 million listeners," a number that was later revised upward to 2.4 million listeners in December 2015.[1] It is produced by WAMU and hosted by Diane Rehm. The show debuted on WAMU in the 1970s as Kaleidoscope, a weekday morning arts and discussion program. Diane took over as host in 1979, and the show became The Diane Rehm Show in 1984. Rehm plans to retire after the 2016 elections, after which WAMU says the program will continue with a new host.[2]


The show airs live Monday through Friday from 10:00 to 12:00 EST, but some local stations re-air it at a later time. The first hour of the show is an in-depth discussion of a topic or theme in the news. Occasionally, it is an interview with a newsmaker. Two examples of past show topics for the first hour include "European & Arab Media on the U.S. in Iraq" and "Drug-Resistant Bacteria". The second hour is either an interview with an author about a book or a segment of general interest. The books can be fiction or nonfiction and cover a wide range of subjects and opinions.

There are also recurring features. Each Friday, there is a two-hour weekly "News Roundup" where the major national and international headlines of the past week are discussed by reporters. The first hour is devoted to domestic American news, the second to international stories. A (usually) monthly "Reader's Review" is when older books are reviewed and discussed.

The show is produced by Sandra Pinkard, Nancy Robertson, Susan Nabors and Denise Couture, Monique Nazareth and Sarah Ashworth. The engineers are Tobey Schreiner, Jonathan Charry, Timothy Olmstead, and Andrew Chadwick. Natalie Yuravlivker answers the phones. Streaming recordings of the show are available via the official web site.


Further information: Diane Rehm

Diane Rehm has hosted the show since 1979, when it was titled 'Kaleidoscope'; it was renamed for her in 1984. The show is sometimes guest hosted when Rehm is out for treatment for her spasmodic dysphonia, by a rotating list of NPR and NPR-related hosts including Susan Page, Tom Gjelten, Steve Roberts, Terence Smith, Frank Sesno, Andrea Seabrook, and Katty Kay. In March 2007, Rehm missed shows due to a bout of pneumonia.[3] In March 2007, Diane Rehm suffered severe and painful corneal burns when she sprayed perfume on her contact lens during a trip to Oklahoma City. Rehm said that she labeled the identical three-ounce tinted plastic bottles to show they held different solutions but that the labels became blurred and hard to read, especially without her lenses in.

From August 21 into September 2009, Susan Page, of USA Today, filled in for the sidelined host, initially reporting that Rehm "caught her heel in the hem of her slacks while she was dashing across the street yesterday afternoon, and she cracked her pelvis when she fell."[4] Rehm's spasmodic dysphonia has also required her to miss several shows in recent years.[1]

Rehm announced her retirement from the show on December 8, 2015, with the retirement taking effect sometime after the November 2016 federal election.[5]


Diane Rehm at the 69th Annual Peabody Awards

Awards won include: the 2002 New York Festival Bronze World Medal for Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program Interview, the 2002 American Bar Association Silver Gavel Honorable Mention, the 1999 New York Festival's Bronze World Medal, and two 1999 American Women in Radio and Television first place Gracie Allen Awards.[6] In 2009, Diane Rehm won a coveted George Foster Peabody Award.[7]


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