The Sunday Conversation
Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.
Lawyer Kimberly Motley says judges in Afghanistan often ask her for bribes, which she refuses to pay.
Kimberly Motley is an American lawyer working in Afghanistan trying to make changes in the country's legal system. She initially moved there in 2008, when she took a job with the State Department to train Afghan lawyers. What she saw there shocked her.
December 8, 2013 Americans David Harris-Gershon and his wife were studying in Israel when she was nearly killed in a terrorist attack at a cafe. Harris-Gershon decided he needed to meet the family of the terrorist behind the attack, and wrote about that experience in his book, What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?
December 1, 2013 Indian writer Zahir Janmohamed was in Gujarat, India, during the 2002 riots that left more than a thousand Muslims dead. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the riots, and how Muslims have fared in Gujarat since then under Narendra Modi, who is now a leading candidate to be India's next prime minister.
November 24, 2013 Mental health is in the spotlight this week after former Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was stabbed by his son, who then killed himself. In the Sunday Conversation, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gary Mihelish about caring for and advocating on the behalf of a child with a severe mental illness.
November 17, 2013 After 17 years as a priest, Thomas Groome decided that celibacy was "not life-giving" and left the priesthood to get married. He remains a devout Catholic and professor of theology and talks with host Rachel Martin about how having a family has enriched his faith.
November 10, 2013 Eli Rosenbaum has spent much of his career at the Department of Justice, identifying and deporting Nazi war criminals. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the first time he became aware of the Nazis, the sense of duty he feels to pursue justice for the victims, and the surreal experience of questioning suspects about atrocities committed decades ago.
November 3, 2013 Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates grew up in Baltimore, and it was there, as a teenager, that he first felt he was being singled out for his race. Coates joins NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about his personal experiences with racial profiling, from his first experience in a store through the concerns he has for his own son.
October 27, 2013 Hold on to your book covers, the best-selling author of Flowers in the Attic, V.C. Andrews, has been dead since 1986. But she's had a ghostwriter channeling her — a man by the name of Andrew Neiderman. NPR's Rachel Martin chats with Neiderman about writing for Andrews, as well as authoring his own works.
October 13, 2013 After Air Force reservist Denyse Gordon won the Ms. Veteran America contest in 2012, she found the courage to talk publicly about her experiences with sexual trauma in the military. She says she knew that to make every veteran proud, she needed to be transparent, and hopes to help others with her story.
October 6, 2013 Iranian-American Saeed Abedini converted from Islam to Christianity in 2000, and is a pastor of a church in the U.S. Now, he's serving time in an Iranian prison on charges of disturbing national security. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Naghmeh Abedini, his wife, about her husband's imprisonment and her campaign to get him released.