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Scott Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon's interviews with key artists, authors, performers and personalities are always memorable.

Government Funding Bill Rolls Back Trucker Rest Requirements
One of the many policy riders tucked inside the trillion-dollar spending bill reverses a rule that long-haul truckers take two nights off for every 70 hours they drive. Safety groups are angry.
Forced To Seat Blacks, Ala. Restaurant Complied With History
Fifty years ago Sunday, the Supreme Court told Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Ala., that the government had a right to order it — and all restaurants — to seat African-Americans.
It's Ugly Christmas Sweater Season — Share Your Best (Bad) Attire
The themed party trend is on us again, and holiday garb bedecked with bells, lights and way too much tinsel is selling fast. Show us your best holiday monstrosity — use the hashtag #NPRuglysweaters.
Finland's HIM Releases Early Work In 'Lashes to Ashes'
It's cold and dark in Finland, but the Finnish band HIM has been heating things up. HIM is currently touring the U.S.; two band members join NPR's Scott Simon to talk about their music.
London Men Decks Their Beards With Beads And Baubles
The hottest Christmas trend — at least according to a London ad agency — is Beard Baubles: tiny ornaments to hang on facial hair. NPR's Scott Simon ponders the ramifications of this fashion statement.
Geminids Promise A Light Show In The Night Sky
The best and most easily-watched meteor shower of the year is happening this weekend. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
Olympic Reforms, Cubs Gain Lester: The Week In Sports
NPR's Tom Goldman discusses the latest rule changes to hit the International Olympic Committee and the NFL, but NPR's Scott Simon is most excited about all the sports talent heading soon to Chicago.
Hong Kong Protesters Leave The Streets, Not Their Cause
Hong Kong's final pro-democracy protest camp was removed by the police this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Frank Langfitt about the future of the movement and relations with mainland China.
Levin, Harkin, Coburn Among Senators Bidding Adieu
The end of the 113th Congress means a lot of goodbyes for retiring members and for those who lost in November. That means, at least for a moment, partisanship took some time off on the Senate floor.
Holder Won't Force NYT Journalist To Reveal Source
The Justice Department has decided not to make journalist James Risen reveal a source. Correspondent David Folkenflik tells NPR's Scott Simon about a case that became a flashpoint for press freedom.
NYT Reporter: Brutal Interrogations Rose In CIA's Post-9/11 Chaos
NPR's Scott Simon talks with New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti about the evolution of the CIA's approach to counter-terrorism, from interrogations to drone attacks.
Electric Eels Jolt Their Prey By Remote Control
The electric eel creates its own electricity, sure, but Vanderbilt University professor Ken Catania tells NPR's Scott Simon what's shocking is how the eel uses it to remotely control prey.
Scents Of The Season Speak Directly To Our Emotions
Peppermint, evergreen, latkes on the griddle — all are signature smells of Christmas. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Mandy Aftel, author of Fragrant, about why we react so strongly to scents.
Yale Law Professor: Torture Is Never Justified
Whether or not the CIA's interrogation techniques produced viable intelligence, they were still morally wrong, says Bloomberg View columnist Stephen Carter. He tells NPR's Scott Simon why.
Outrage On The Left And Right As Senate Delays Spending Vote
The Senate is poised to pass the trillion-dollar spending bill that narrowly cleared the House this week, but anger about the measure from both parties has delayed the proceedings.

WBHM Interviews

UAB Faculty Senate Could Vote For Reassessment of Sports And "No-Confidence"on Watts
INTERVIEW: Big-Picture Perspective On Colleges Ending Football Programs
Protestors Demand Assurances UAB Football Will Not Be Cut
A College For Inmates, And An Interview With Its President
INTERVIEW: Inmate And Horticulture Student Timothy Brown
INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On Alabama's Low NAEP Ranks
INTERVIEWS With "Make Them Listen" Anti-Illegal-Immigration Protesters
Interview: Nick Patterson, Author of "Birmingham Foot Soldiers: Voices from the Civil Rights Movement"
INTERVIEW: New Jefferson County Schools Chief Craig Pouncey
Life After Prison: Interview With Robin, Student And Tutwiler Inmate
Interview: U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance on Alabama's Heroin Problem
Interview: Reporter Alex Walsh on Alabama's Prison Budget
"Coming Back With Wes Moore" Explores the Struggles of Returning Combat Veterans
Interview: Mark Crosswhite, Alabama Power's New CEO
INTERVIEW: James Willig On The "Gamification" Of Medical Education
AL.com, WBHM Event Yields Frank Talk On Hoover School Bus Fees
INTERVIEW: Rick Vest, Counseling Coordinator Of Two-Year College For Prisoners
Interview: Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Biologist and Alabama Native
Tornado Slams Small Alabama Town
Interview: Reporter Brian Lawson Discusses Inmate Healthcare
Interview: Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson
INTERVIEW: Arnold Shober On The Importance Of School Board Leadership
Folk Singer Willie Watson Brings Classic Folk and Blues to Birmingham
Going Natural: It's Not Just a Hairstyle, It's a Lifestyle
Birmingham Native Callie Courter's New Album 'Love is for the Brave'
Interview: Reporter Kelsey Stein on Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women
Interview: Michael Saag, M.D., Discusses His New Book
Sustainability: Birmingham Mayor William Bell
SUSTAINABILITY: Grant Brigham Of Jones Valley Teaching Farm

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