June 17, 2013 | NPR · Jordan is hosting major military exercises known as Eager Lion 2013. More than 15,000 soldiers from 18 countries, including the U.S., will be participating. The war games kicked off as Syria's civil war rages next door.
June 17, 2013 | NPR · Moderate cleric Hasan Rouhani replaces Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been in power since 2005. David Greene talks to Thomas Erdbrink, a reporter for The New York Times in Tehran, about Iran's newly elected president.
June 17, 2013 | NPR · The capital of Northern Ireland is no longer the city of snipers that it was before the Good Friday Agreement, but novelist Stuart Neville still draws inspiration from the decades of violence. In The Ghosts of Belfast, he examines the shattered life of an IRA killer in the aftermath of The Troubles.
June 17, 2013 | NPR · Northern Ireland is host to this year's G-8 summit and is using the international attention to showcase local vistas, golf courses and how far the area has come since the days of brutal political violence. Melissa Block speaks with Peter Shirlow of Queen's University in Belfast about the changes he's seen and where Northern Ireland is today.
June 17, 2013 | NPR · Summer is almost here — and in California that means it's the season to worry about rolling blackouts. There's even more cause for concern this year. The San Onofre nuclear power plant is shutting down for good. It's been off-line for more than a year after a pipe was found leaking radioactive steam. When fully operational, San Onofre produced power for more than a million homes.
June 15, 2013 | NPR · This week the Obama administration announced it would send weapons to the Syrian rebels, because of credible evidence Syrian government forces had indeed used chemical weapons. Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about how Syrians are reacting to the news.
June 16, 2013 | NPR · Weekend Edition Sunday Host Rachel Martin speaks with Karim Sadjadpour, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to learn more about new Iran's president-elect, cleric Hassan Rouhani.
Dec 9, 2006 — British writer Will Self has a new novel, The Book of Dave. It's the worldly testament of a London cabbie. The ideal man to review it is Will Grozier, a London cabbie who frequently chats with Scott Simon about books.