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New Western Wall Rules Break Down Barriers For Jewish Women
Israel has made a deal to create an area at Judaism's holiest site where women and men can pray together. But some say creating a government-supported egalitarian prayer space undermines unity.
This Week In Sports: Super Bowl Talk
Scott Simon previews Super Bowl 50 with NPR's Tom Goldman.
Times Have Changed; What Should We Call 'Old People' ?
NPR's Ina Jaffe talks with Scott Simon about the struggle to find the right words to describe older people. Longevity and lifestyles have changed and the language hasn't kept up.
Years Without A Squeak, Vintage Museum Artifact Still Works
Scott Simon notes an item from the week in which a present-day mouse found its way into a mousetrap so old it's a museum item.
U.S. To Amp Up NATO Presence Against Russia
The Obama administration is planning to sharply increase spending on U.S. forces in Europe to train near NATO's eastern edge. Russia's neighbors are pleased.
A New Generation Of Saudi Artists Pushes The Boundaries
Daring visual artists, whose edgy work challenges religious and political taboos, have become a critical voice in the conservative kingdom — where open calls for reform are a criminal offense.
A Fearless Soprano's Case For Contemporary Music
With more than 80 world premieres to her credit, Barbrara Hannigan, an intrepid soprano and conductor, has a knack for making modern music sound effortless and approachable.
Weekend Edition's Scott Simon Will Take A Leave Of Absence
Scott Simon announces a leave of absence to collaborate on a book with Tony Bennett.
GOP Front-Runners Gear Up For New Hampshire Primary
NPR's Ron Elving gives Scott Simon a preview of Saturday night's GOP debate and an analysis of the presidential race.
Former New Hampshire Governor Talks Primary Candidates
Scott Simon talks New Hampshire politics with John Sununu, former governor and White House chief of staff.
After Cruz Win, How Important Is Candidate Stance On Ethanol?
Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican Caucuses on a platform that included opposing ethanol, a key Iowa industry. Does this mean future presidential candidates won't have to support the corn fuel?
Would You Put Money On It? Test Your Super Bowl Trivia
Got a football know-it-all in your crowd? A.J. Jacobs from Esquire Magazine joins Scott Simon with some trivia, from why a football's called a pigskin to which president meddled with a Super Bowl.
Adnan Syed Hearing Wrap-up
An update on convicted murderer Adnan Syed, whose case profiled in the "Serial" podcast. He is seeking a new trial.
Do Political TV Ads Still Work?
TV ads are a tried-and-true way for politicians to get their message out. But in this chaotic presidential primary, are they still effective?
Man Booker Prize Awardee Recasts Complex 'Merchant of Venice' Character
In "Shylock Is My Name," Howard Jacobson re-imagines one of Shakespeare's most thought-provoking characters. Scott Simon asks Jacobson about it.
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