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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.

Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads
Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.
Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf
Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.
Bringing Poetry And High Culture To Sao Paulo's Periphery
Poetry in an unlikely place: In a grim urban shanty town in the middle of Sao Paulo, budding poets from the poorest sections of Brazilian society get together weekly to compose and recite poetry.
Top Teams Sitting Out Of NBA Playoffs
Some of the NBA's hottest teams missed the cut for this year's playoffs. And to what lengths will Cuban athletes go for a chance to play in the MLB? ESPN.com's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
Syrian Rebel Stronghold On The Verge Of Government Takeover
The Syrian city of Homs has been a rebel stronghold since the anti-government uprising began. But one rebel tells NPR that they're low on ammunition and medical gear.
Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule
Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West.
Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing
A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.
Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster
A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.
Captain, 2 Crew Members Arrested In S. Korea Ferry Sinking
The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.
Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories
Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.
NCAA Beats 'Strategic Retreat' On Food Rules For Student Athletes
The NCAA is facing scrutiny for how it treats student athletes. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about changes the organization made this week.
'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection
A look back at the seminal teen flick reveals a surprisingly deep and romantic story. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 13, 2014.
Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa
A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 17, 2014.
Avalanche Buries Sherpas On Mount Everest
At least 12 Sherpas died in a recent avalanche on Mount Everest. Climber Conrad Anker explains that the guides were helping prepare a route for hundreds of climbers expected for the summer season.
Agreement Could Avert Ukrainian Civil War
World leaders agreed to end the occupation of Ukrainian government buildings by pro-Moscow militants. But militants have said Kiev's government must step down first. Ari Shapiro talks to Wade Goodwyn.

WBHM Interviews

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
INTERVIEW: AdvancED CEO Mark Elgart
INTERVIEW: Anne-Marie Slaughter
INTERVIEW: Controversial Comedian (And More) Bill Maher
INTERVIEW: Alabama Teacher Of The Year Alison Grizzle
INTERVIEW: Hoover School Bus Supporter Trisha Powell Crain
Birmingham Author's JFK Assassination Book Inspires Play
From UAB to White House Intern
Carsen On Capitol Journal
INTERVIEW: Terrorism Expert Randall Law
INTERVIEW: State Schools Chief Of Staff On Decrease In Per-Pupil Spending
INTERVIEW: Tanner Colby, Some of My Best Friends are Black
Eric Essix Evolution
INTERVIEW: Craig Witherspoon Reacts To Failing Schools List
Montgomery and Life are like High School
Carsen Talks "AAA" And More On Capitol Journal
John Archibald: Unrest at the Jefferson County Commission
Hostess to the Civil Rights Movement
John Archibald: Why Jeffco Is Paying Attorney $393K To Do Nothing
Diane McWhorter on Civil Rights 50th Anniversary

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