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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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The Plan To Report The End Of The World

Saturday, January 10, 2015

What does the apocalypse sound like? NPR's Scott Simon imagines what you might hear at the end of the world if you were listening to us.

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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Saturday, December 20, 2014

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.

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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

Saturday, December 13, 2014

When Ben Edelman was overcharged for his takeout, he threatened legal action. After the story went viral, he apologized. It made NPR's Scott Simon wonder if it might be better to be wise than right.

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Obituaries tend to smooth over the failures in a long life. So, says NPR's Scott Simon, it might be nice to write one for a loved one while he or she is still alive to appreciate it.

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Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck and killed him. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if some safety measures also encourage people to take on more risk.

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Chicken Confidential: How This Bird Came To Rule The Cultural Roost

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Andrew Lawler's Why Did the Chicken Cross the World? explores the secret to the domesticated bird's success: "You can turn the chicken into almost anything," he says, from religious symbol to dinner.

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Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Critics sometimes carped that they couldn't find a unifying theme to his work, but Nichols had fun doing different things. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the actor, director and comedian.

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