Scott Simon

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A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

Saturday, April 30, 2016

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.


Joking About A North Korean Cooking Show Just Isn't Funny

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A cooking show featuring Kim Jong Un is reportedly a hit in North Korea. Though it's a setup ripe for satire, NPR's Scott Simon says millions of starving North Koreans make it too serious for jokes.


Inky The Octopus's Great Escape

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Inky the octopus escaped from the National Aquarium of New Zealand and into Hawke's Bay. NPR's Scott Simon celebrates his ingenuity, and second-guesses the octopus's inclusion on his dinner plate.


Merle Haggard, Country's Outlaw With A Heartfelt Message

Saturday, April 09, 2016

NPR's Scott Simon spent some time with the country legend aboard his tour bus in 2001. Simon remembers a man who'd come a long way since his imprisonment at San Quentin, where he did time for robbery.


'Hijack Selfie' Photo Subject Sought Fame In Dangerous Circumstances

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Why would someone pose for a picture with a supposed suicide bomber? In this commentary, NPR's Scott Simon wonders about seeking the price of fame during a dangerous situation.


Refugees Rescue German Politician, But The Rhetoric Stays The Same

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A local leader of Germany's far-right NPD party, which has campaigned for closed borders, crashed his car. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the irony of what happened next: refugees stopped and helped.


An Ode To The Also-Rans In American Politics

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Now is the time to pick up a Pataki for President bumper sticker. Or a Huckabee button, a Jim Webb yard sign, or keychains, ballpoint pens, and window scrapers imprinted Jindal, Paul, Perry, Chafee, Walker, Graham, Santorum, Lessig, and O'Malley for President.

It's already a kind of autumn in the ...


What Might Rouhani Have Missed When Rome Boxed Up The Nudes?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Another cover-up is in the news.

Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani held a press conference inside Rome's Capitoline Museum this week to announce $18 billion in new business between their countries, now that sanctions against Iran are ending.

But some of the celebrated ancient statues the ...


Politician Takes To Tinder To Ignite Voters' Interest

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Greggor Ilagan, a Hawaii county councilman who is running for the state senate, decided to try to reach that vital demographic of young voters by appearing on social networking sites. And also Tinder, a dating app.

When he announced his candidacy last summer, Mr. Ilagan told local Hawaii press he ...


Playboy Mansion For Sale, Bunnies Not Included

Saturday, January 16, 2016

There's a house for sale in Los Angeles: 29 rooms, tennis court, swimming pool, and wine cellar, a guest house, game house, movie theater, and a grotto, which is not to be confused with any grotto you've read about in the Bible.

The owner wants $200 million dollars. Local realtors ...


Springtime For Hitler: With 'Mein Kampf' Back In Stores, Germany Turns A Page

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Mein Kampf has been published in Germany for the first time in 70 years. What does a limited new publication of a repugnant old book say about modern Germany?

Mein Kampf -- "My Struggle" — sold at least 10 million copies, from the time it appeared in 1925 to the ...


Army Seeks Brave And Willing Eaters To Test Its MREs

Saturday, January 02, 2016

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Remembering Natalie Cole, Who Made A Name All Her Own

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Famous names can be hard to live up to. Those who carry them are born with expectations, as well as advantages, and the sons and daughters of famous people have to make their mistakes and learn their lessons under a lot of watchful eyes.

When we spoke with Natalie ...


Twain's 'Letter From Santa Claus,' A Gift For All Ages

Saturday, December 19, 2015

One of the pleasures of being a parent is the chance to discover things you missed as a child the first time. This week I found a copy of Mark Twain's "A Letter from Santa Claus" that he wrote in 1875 for his 3 year old daughter, Susie, to see ...


'One More' For Sinatra, Who Took A Stand In Gary, Indiana

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Frank Sinatra was born a hundred years ago today. Even if you think his music just isn't your music, it's hard to get through life without uttering what I'll call a "Frank Phrase" from one of his songs at telling times in our lives.

"So set 'em up, Joe ...


Candlelight Coda: Some Songs We Missed In Our Hanukkah Music Chat

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Last week week I spoke with Josh Kun, co-founder of the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation, about the songs of Hanukkah. And in response, many listeners wrote in.

Shoshana Hoose of Portland, Maine, for instance, took issue with what she found to be "a lack of understanding of ...


After Mass Shootings, People Turn To Prayer — And Prayer Shaming

Saturday, December 05, 2015

What is the power of prayer? Is there any?

The front page of Thursday's New York Daily News featured quotes from prominent Republicans about the murders in San Bernardino. Headline writers thought they saw a theme.

Dr. Rand Paul had tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers are ...


Newborn Baby Abandoned In Church's Manger Already Being Loved

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A bible story came to life in Queens this week. Jose Moran spent Tuesday morning setting up the Nativity scene at the Holy Child Jesus Church, where he is a custodian. Mr. Moran put up the manger, and went to lunch. And when he came back at about 1 p.m., ...


The Long Saga Of Spy Jonathan Pollard Continues Even After His Release

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jonathan Pollard is out of prison, if not totally free, after 30 years. He's on parole for another five years, during which he'll have to wear a GPS ankle bracelet, won't be able to give interviews, or leave for Israel, where he is considered a hero, and says ...


French Prosecutor Lays Out What Investigators Know About Paris Attacks

Saturday, November 14, 2015

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