The Pentagon has a policy that bars women from being assigned to units whose primary mission is to engage in direct ground combat. There's a debate going on about whether that policy should change. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's National Security Correspondent Rachel Martin about highlights from and reactions to her series about the challenges facing women serving today.
It's madness, I tell you, madness! March Madness is coming, 'Melo Madness is here; get a straightjacket for basketball! Host Scott Simon and NPR Sports Correspondent Tom Goldman discuss Saturday's BYU-San Diego State college basketball game and this week's big trades in the NBA.
We had a conversation last week with Jon Erpenbach, one of 14 Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate who left the state to be able to duck voting on a bill that would strip public employee unions of their collective bargaining rights. In response, we received many comments from state employees. Host Scott Simon reads listeners' letters about the Wisconsin protests and last week's commentary.
A 62-year-old soul singer, Charles Bradley has a story you can hear in his voice. But for most of his life, he wasn't a singer.
Born in 1948, Bradley spent most of his childhood in Brooklyn. One day, his sister invited him to come to the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where she was going to see James Brown. At the time, Bradley didn't know who Brown was, but his sister offered to pay his way.