Scott Simon

Scott Simon appears in the following:

A Man Learns The Truth About His Adoption In 'Everybody's Son'

Saturday, June 03, 2017

As a boy, Anton was adopted by a loving, prominent couple. He grows up to be a man of distinction. Then he learns that his adopted dad manipulated his biological mom into giving him up.

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Meet Leo Varadkar, The Future Prime Minster Of Ireland

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Ireland's center-right Fine Gael Party has elected Leo Varadkar as its leader, and therefore next prime minister. He'll be Ireland's youngest leader at 38.

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A Busy Week In Politics: Climate Pact, Russia Probe

Saturday, June 03, 2017

President Trump announced the U.S. will exit the climate deal, and there was more news about the Russia investigation. And next week, former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate.

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The Tweet Heard Around The Wrold

Saturday, June 03, 2017

What exactly did President Trump mean by covfefe? Was it a deliberate attempt at a word by POTUS or a simple fudge of the fingers? NPR's Scott Simon has an idea.

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In 'Shtum,' A Portrait Of Autism Drawn From Real Life

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jem Lester's debut novel follows three generations of men who can't communicate — a grandfather, a father and a profoundly autistic little boy. Lester says he modeled the boy on his own son.

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In A Lost Concert, Jaco Pastorius Sounded The Rhythm Of The City

Saturday, May 27, 2017

In 1982, NPR's Jazz Alive! recorded a big-band performance led by the inventive bassist at New York's Avery Fisher Hall. Engineer Paul Blakemore has remastered the tapes for a new album.

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In A President's First 100 Days, The News Is Rarely Good

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Following a report on how the media covers President Trump, NPR's Scott Simon muses on whether negative stories about presidents are evidence of bias, or just the natural outcome of reporting news.

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Who's Afraid Of A Diverse Cast?

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A new production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf has been told that the estate of playwright Edward Albee won't allow them to use an African-American actor.

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Don't Feed Parrots Chocolate, Despite What Happens In Minecraft

Saturday, May 20, 2017

In the game Minecraft, a chocolate chip cookie will tame a parrot, but they're poisonous to the birds in real life. Minecraft has promised to update the game.

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Leaving High School Behind For A Dangerous Life In 'A Good Country'

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Laleh Khadivi's new novel traces the path of a young Muslim man in California, the son of strict Iranian immigrant parents, from his first bong hit at age 14 to his eventual radicalization.

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A Bid For Blagojevich To Return To Springfield

Saturday, May 13, 2017

There are several portraits of former governors who've gone to prison in the Illinois Capitol. NPR's Scott Simon believes Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached, should be among them — with a catch.

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Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nearly 50 years after his untimely death, Redding's influence as a spirit of soul music remains. Jonathan Gould, author of a new biography of the singer, explains why.

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Hank Azaria Says 'Brockmire' Has Been With Him For Years

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Azaria stars in the new IFC show of the same name, about a baseball announcer slowly rebuilding his life and career in the minor leagues after a spectacular on-air meltdown over his wife's infidelity.

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'Are You Anybody?' Jeffrey Tambor Chronicles A Lifetime In Acting

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tambor now stars as Maura, a divorced, transgender parent of three in the Amazon series Transparent. He says the opportunity — and the responsibility — of the role have been life changing.

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First Responders Need Help Too: Crisis Hotline Caters To Emergency Workers

Saturday, May 13, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Frank Farry about the crisis hotline he set up in Bucks County, Pa., for first responders. Farry says PTSD among public safety workers is an overlooked problem.

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Harold Evans Makes Himself Clear: No More Passive Voice

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Celebrated newspaper editor Harold Evans sees a lot of linguistic fog around us: murky words and too much passive voice. His new book, Do I Make Myself Clear? is a passionate call for better writing.

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In A Tribute To A Plumber, Flushing His Ashes

Saturday, May 06, 2017

After Tom McDonald's plumber friend Roy Riegel died, he decided to flush his ashes at baseball stadiums across the country. They were both baseball fans.

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Harvard Library Fines No More

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Harvard announced this week that they will no longer charge 50 cents a day for overdue books. Harvard's Steven Beardsley told The Harvard Crimson that overdue book fines are stressing students.

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'Places,' Please: Lea Michele Turns Back To Broadway

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The Glee star was cast in Les Misérables when she was 8 and has been performing ever since. She says her new album, Places, intentionally calls back to her history onstage.

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Penelope Lively Ponders Pompeii — And Other Stories — In 'The Purple Swamp Hen'

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Award-winning novelist Penelope Lively hasn't written short stories in decades, but, she says, the form suddenly came back to her, for a collection that ranges from Pompeii to the modern day.

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