Some listeners have asked about Diane Rehm's voice, which has a husky, halting drawl. In 1989, Rehm was diagnosed with spasmodic dysphonia, a condition where the vocal cords constrict and strain speech. She's treated every four months with an injection of botulinum toxin directly into her vocal cords. "My voice has made me far more concerned about whether I can get through an interview," she admits. “ I also feel that responsibility to my listeners. They are the smartest people I have ever come across, and I feel honored and privileged to have the airwaves to share with them."
The program is one of the most listened-to programs on public radio. You can read a profile of Rehm here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112758776
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