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Shereen's Sunday Interview with Rabbi Avraham Soetendorp

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Shereen Nanjiani Shereen Nanjiani | 13:15 UK time, Monday, 7 February 2011

This week saw the return of an old friend to the show. David Dinsmore, formerly Editor of The Scottish Sun, was back with a grand new title, General Manager, News International Scotland. I have no idea what it means (not sure he does either) but it was good to have him back with us again. And just because he's in a more "hands off" role it doesn't mean he's let off the hook over tabloid stories.

David wasted no time in getting in a plug for The News of the World citing the banning of the Pakistan cricketers accused of spot fixing as an example of good undercover investigative journalism ( The News of the World broke the story). Quick as a flash, Robert Dawson Scott chipped in: "Let's hope they didn't get the story through listening in on their phones". Ouch! David took it well and there were plenty more sparky exchanges throughout the show.

Much debate too about the Top Gear presenters getting into trouble over their Mexican jokes. Steve Coogan had just written an article attacking them but the panel couldn't agree on whether this was just harmless fun or "casual racism" with Kirsty Scott at odds with the other two.

In a complete change of tone, my special interview this week was with Holocaust survivor Rabbi Avraham Soetendorp. He's an extraordinary man with a powerful story to tell. You could've heard a pin drop in the studio when we played it. As we never have time to broadcast more then ten minutes there was so much we had to leave out but it's all here on the website. I urge you to listen.

Listen to Shereen Sunday 0900 and available to listen again on BBC Radio Scotland iPlayer.


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