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Pick The Perfect Profanity To Season Your Message

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price repeated a choice curse word 77 times in a press conference. NPR's Scott Simon defends profanity, but warns it can obscure meaning if too liberally applied.

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Guest Picks: Scott Simon

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The NPR host spoke about his relationship with his mother, and his memoir about her, Unforgettable. Find out what he reads, watches, and listens to below!

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A Hospital Room, A Dying Mother, and A Twitter Handle

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scott Simon chronicles his mother's death and reminisces about her life, revealing her humor and strength, and celebrating familial love.

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At Last, A Fitting Farewell For Richard III

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Richard III has been buried, two years after his abandoned bones were found under an abandoned parking lot. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the man Shakespeare turned into one of his great characters.

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Might A Brush With Death Set The Stage For Greatness?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Izola Ware Curry, who stabbed but did not kill Martin Luther King Jr., has died. NPR's Scott Simon wonders about other public figures who came close to death, but went on to great things.

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Rev. Willie Barrow: Remembering 'The Little Warrior'

Saturday, March 14, 2015

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Chicago civil rights leader Rev. Willie Barrow. She became an activist at 12, and later marched with Martin Luther King Jr.

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Seven Decades On, Anne Frank's Words Still Comfort

Saturday, March 14, 2015

70 years ago, Anne Frank died in a concentration camp. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the diarist, and two teenagers, Afghan refugee Asiieh Panahi and Chicagoan Sydney Falls, read from her writing.

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High School Coach Takes The Heat, And Teaches Her Team About Character

Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Narbonne High girls' basketball team added pink to their uniforms for a cancer awareness program, and got penalized. But their coach stepped in to take responsibility, so the girls could play.

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Rats Blamed For Bubonic Plague, But Gerbils May Be The Real Villains

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rats have had a bad reputation ever since they were blamed for spreading bubonic plague. But perhaps the blame was misplaced. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the roles of rodents.

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The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University recently emailed about 800 graduate school applicants to say they'd been accepted. But it was a mistake. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on acceptance letters in the digital age.

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'Do Not Fear For Me': Remembering Kayla Mueller With Her Own Words

Saturday, February 14, 2015

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Kayla Mueller by reading from a letter she sent her family in the spring of 2014. She died while being held captive by the group that calls itself the Islamic State.

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Oscar Romero, The Murdered Archbishop Who Inspires The Pope

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Pope Francis and the Vatican have recognized Romero, who served as archbishop of San Salvador, as a martyr. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on his life, and the possibility he might become a saint.

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.

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It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Awards season has offered NPR's Scott Simon the opportunity to reflect on the number of British actors playing Americans in films and television shows, and wonder where the American actors are.

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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

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Rainy Day Women Ages 55 And Up: Bob Dylan Makes Cover Of AARP Magazine

Saturday, January 24, 2015

It's timed for the release of his 36th studio album, and shepherded by an editor who used to run Rolling Stone.

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From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

Saturday, January 24, 2015

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the many hours he has spent at 30,000 feet paging through the in-flight catalog SkyMall. SkyMall filed for bankruptcy this week.

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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Scientists say they are closer to knowing how, or rather, why, the zebra got its stripes. It's an answer that would impress even Rudyard Kipling.

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Remembering Al Bendich, Fierce Defender Of Free Speech

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The lawyer, who successfully defended Allen Ginsberg and Lenny Bruce in landmark free speech cases, died this month. Without of his wins, a lot of culture we enjoy might have been blocked as obscene.

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Satire May Be Uncomfortable, But Humor Makes Us Human

Saturday, January 10, 2015

In light of the targeted killings at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, NPR's Scott Simon remembers the jokes people tell in grim places, and how dangerous people with no sense of humor can be.

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