July 30th Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, organ trafficking, and our summer movie festival looks at adaptations of children's books. In our second hour, the Newport Folk Festival turns 50.
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Joan Baez performs during a concert for folk music legend Pete Seeger at Madison Square Garden. TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Organ Trafficking
In a massive sweep in New Jersey last week, FBI agents arrested more than 40 political and religious leaders, including Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, a Brooklyn-based rabbi who was allegedly involved in the trafficking of human kidneys. Buying or selling organs is illegal in the U.S., but with tens of thousands of Americans on a waiting list for donations, there is a thriving international black market for organs. We'll hear how the Rosenbaum case has put a spotlight on the illegal exchange of human organs for money.

Summer Movie Festival: Children's Adaptations
Murray Horwitz, our favorite movie buff, is back as we continute our summer movie festival. In this installment, we want to hear your picks for the best movie adaptations of a beloved children's book. Princess Bride, anyone?

Newport Folk Festival's 50th Anniversary
Fifty years ago, George Wein co-founded the Newport Folk Festival, and today, we celebrate the festival's anniversary on the eve of the start of this year's Folk Festival 50. (The festival starts tomorrow and runs through August 2nd). We'll talk with George Wein and as well as musicians who have performed at Newport: Doc Watson, Tom Paxton, Mavis Staples and Ramblin' Jack Elliott. We'll also talk with Josh Ritter who is performing at this year's festival. And we want to hear from you. Have you ever attended a Newport Folk Festival? Share your memories with us.