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March 25, 2016
Vol. LXVIII, No. 7


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NPR’s Rehm to Deliver Rall Lecture, Apr. 7

Diane Rehm, host of National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show, will deliver a talk titled “On My Own” at the annual J. Edward Rall Cultural Lecture on Thursday, Apr. 7 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

NPR’s Diane Rehm will give Rall Lecture.
NPR’s Diane Rehm will give Rall Lecture.

Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer producer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member station in Washington, D.C. She was hired as an assistant producer and later became the host and producer of two health-oriented programs. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984. The lecture will be in interview format, with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins asking Rehm about her 35 years as radio host. The two will also discuss Rehm’s new book On My Own, which speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson’s disease) of her husband of 54 years and her struggle to reconstruct her life without him.

The lecture honors the memory of Rall, founder of the Clinical Endocrinology Branch (now within the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) and scientific director of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, which is now represented by NIDDK and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It was Rall who recommended in 1984 that NIH add a cultural lecture to its long-standing Director’s Lecture series, reflecting his broad interest in science and his desire to enrich the NIH scientific community.

Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to request reasonable accommodation, contact Jacqueline Roberts at (301) 594-6747 or

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