Scott Simon

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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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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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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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'Every Culture Has A Norman': Richard Gere On Playing A Fixer And Wandering Jew

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Gere's latest film, Norman, is about a Jewish man who pops up on the streets of Manhattan dropping names, handing out cards and promising to connect people.

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Just How Organic Is Your Milk? Well, It Depends On The Dairy It Came From

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Is there a difference between organic milk bought in a grocery store and milk bought straight from farmers? Washington Post reporter Peter Whoriskey talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his findings.

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NPR's Bees (Moderate, Middle Of The Road Bees) Up And Left

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Swarming bees at NPR headquarters led to a warning to not use one of the building's entrances. You know how that advice went over with a bunch of journalists.

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In Fantasy Short 'Forever Tree,' A Black Heroine Learns To Stop Playing Small

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The film is set during the Harlem Renaissance and tells the mysterious, magical story of Tawny Bennett, an antiquarian's apprentice.

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What The Hell's Behind All This Cursing?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon observes an uptick in the number of profanities uttered by politicians speaking in official capacities, and muses about what the strategy is, and the effect it's having.

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The Second-Generation Soul Of Zeshan Bagewadi

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The Chicago singer learned about civil-rights-era funk and soul through his Indian Muslim father's record collection. Bagewadi's new album, Vetted, is informed by his family's immigrant story.

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A Meditation On 'Evil'

Saturday, April 08, 2017

As sickening images of the chemical weapons attack in Syria emerged, NPR's Scott Simon was reminded of a conversation with Romeo Dallaire, and the different ways we understand evil in modern times.

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The British At 'Their Finest': How A Nation Kept Calm And Carried On

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Their Finest is a film within a film about making wartime movies in Britain. Bill Nighy stars as an aging matinee idol. Gemma Arterton plays a young copywriter — the script department's secret weapon.

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Family, Death And A Road Trip In 'Ashes To Asheville'

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Scott Simon talks with author Sarah Dooley about her book Ashes to Asheville. It's about sisters trying to fulfill their mother's dying wish to spread her ashes in the last place the family was happy.

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In 'Our Short History,' A Dying Single Mom Pens A Letter To Her Son

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Lauren Grodstein's new novel follows a political consultant who's determined to use what time she has left to share as much as she can with her 6-year-old son, including the identity of his father.

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An Artist Incubating Chicken Eggs Is No Joke. But Is It Art?

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Artist Abraham Poincheval is roosting over eggs in a Paris museum, hoping to hatch them like a mother hen. NPR'S Scott Simon says it's an attempt at performance art that doesn't quite make the grade.

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We Are All Martha: Alison Wright On How Her 'Americans' Character Became A Hit

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Wright plays an FBI secretary who falls in love with an undercover Russian spy. She says Martha is "who we would all most likely be" if we found ourselves in the world of The Americans.

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How Do You Say 'Gorsuch'?

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Partisan disagreements ran through this week's Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. One issue the members really struggled with was pronunciation of the nominee's name.

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These 'Women In The Castle' Provide New Perspectives On Nazi Germany

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Jessica Shattuck's novel follows three German women — all war widows, and all of very different political persuasions — who take refuge in a ruined Bavarian castle at the end of World War II.

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Keeping Calm In London, In Spite Of Terror

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Soon after the terrorist attack in London, the Parliament's Twitter account posted a short message restoring business as usual. NPR's Scott Simon remembers another time Brits met terror with calm.

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The Pregame PB&J: How The Comfort Food Became The NBA's Recipe For Success

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"If there's a locker room that doesn't have it, I haven't seen it," says ESPN reporter Baxter Holmes, who expands on his recent story, which details professional basketball's obsession with the snack.

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