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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.

Influential Guitarist John Renbourn Dies At 70
John Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He was found dead this week at his home in Scotland.
Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball
Baseball season begins next weekend, and to mark the occasion NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about his new book, Legends: the Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball.
At Aging Conference, Old Is The New Black
For the first in a series of regular discussions about aging, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ina Jaffe from the Aging in America Conference in Chicago.
Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election
The top contenders in Nigeria's election are incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, who has battled an Islamist insurgency for years, and a former military leader who promises to be tough on corruption.
Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal
A potential nuclear deal with Iran would have big implications for national politics in both the U.S. and Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times about the talks.
Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum
A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Yemen for the third night in a row. NPR's Scott Simon talks about the crisis in Yemen and what led up to it with the former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine.
Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History
NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Matthias Gebauer of Der Spiegel about the co-pilot who investigators say deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps this week.
Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles
There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.
Man Brings Joy And New Shoes To Somali Refugees
In Clarkston, Ga., a Somali American man named Omar Shekhey helps refugees get settled in their new lives.
Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots
German authorities now say the co-pilot who brought down the Germanwings aircraft hid an illness from his employers. These reports have raised concerns about the mental health screening of pilots.
Singer And Composer Goes Home To Make Brazilan Music
For the first time since moving to the U.S. in 1981, Eliane Elias recorded an album in her native Brazil. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the musician about her new album, Made in Brazil.
In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord
In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.
Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide
Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.
Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith
Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.
Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge'
Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.

WBHM Interviews

INTERVIEW: US Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan
INTERVIEW: Recovering Heroin Addict Brad Blount On A Dark Time, And How He Escaped It
INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On State Supreme Court Upholding Alabama Accountability Act
INTERVIEW: State Senator Del Marsh On New Charter School Bill
UA BOT Member On Dr. Ray Watts, UAB Football Controversy
Carsen And Lindley Talk Alabama Schools' Low Test Scores
Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Same-Sex Marriage Decision
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

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