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'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?

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Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Ramis, the actor and director best known for his comedies like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, died on Monday. In an age of bombast and snickering, Ramis remembered the importance of compliments.

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Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country

Saturday, February 22, 2014

A Ukrainian skier has pulled out of the Olympics to show solidarity with protesters back home. While the impact of her move is unclear, forgoing a chance at a medal is a powerful symbol.

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Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Girl Scout cookies are never that hard to sell, but this week, one 13-year-old San Franciscan may have outsmarted the competition altogether.

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Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Shirley Temple starred in reliably formulaic movies โ€” a little girl loses a parent, but unlocks the iron hearts of those around her with smiles and song. NPR's Scott Simon says her films still have the power to cheer us.

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Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Will Sochi be a city of super-sized, expensive venues that sit mostly empty in the future? Maybe having different cities host the Olympics doesn't make much sense.

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Sing Out: A Concert Celebration Of Pete Seeger

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Scott Simon hosts a special concert, recorded in 2005, with interviews and performances by Seeger and a cast of gifted artists. Participants include Judy Collins, Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Natalie Merchant, Janis Ian, Holly Near and more.

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Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.

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Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda?

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea to celebrate leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. NPR's Scott Simon likes the flamboyant and frank Rodman, but wonders if his tour amounts to sports diplomacy or propaganda for the North Korean regime.

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Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History

Saturday, December 21, 2013

NPR's Scott Simon muses on the inclusion of the former tennis superstar in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King is a lesbian who was not always open about her sexuality, but both she and American culture have changed since then.

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Draining The Daring From A High School Production Of 'Rent'

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Recently, the principal of Trumbull High School in Connecticut canceled a student production of Rent. The rock musical, about a group of young people living in New York, features characters dealing with drugs, sexuality and AIDS.

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Modern Love Is More About Algorithms Than 'Witchcraft'

Saturday, October 26, 2013

The Pew Research Center released a report this week that found online dating has become commonplace โ€” 59 percent of all Internet users say they believe online dating is a sensible way to meet people. NPR's Scott Simon thinks the trend may have us changing the tune of our love songs.

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How Do You Flavor A Vodka Called 'Chicago'?

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Absolut, the Swedish vodka maker, is marketing a new spirit called Absolut Chicago. The vodka company describes its taste as "rich and aromatic with intriguing herbal notes of rosemary and thyme." But Scott Simon has his own suggested ingredients, from a kick of cold lake wind to a drop of the blues.

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When Weighing Intervention In Syria, Consider The Children

Saturday, September 07, 2013

This week, NPR's Scott Simon ran into a young man he knew years ago while covering the war in Kosovo. His friend was just a child during that conflict, and their chance reunion prompted Simon to wonder anew about children trapped in conflict zones and the unknowable consequences of military intervention in Syria.

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If Life Traveled From Mars To Earth On A Rock, Who Are We?

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A number of scientists say evidence is building for the theory that life started on Mars. With potentially infinite possibilities for life to bloom in this vast universe, NPR's Scott Simon wonders what it means to be human.

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Remembering Elmore Leonard, A Writer Who Hated Literature

Saturday, August 24, 2013

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Elmore Leonard as a writer who found "putting pretty clothes on hard, direct words" contemptible, and loathed what's typically known as literature. Leonard wrote more than 40 novels over his long career.

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Might Bad Handwriting Lead To 'Lend Me Your Beers'?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Computer analysis suggests that 325 lines from a Thomas Kyd play are actually William Shakespeare's and that bad handwriting is to blame for the mix-up. NPR's Scott Simon muses on some of Shakespeare's most famous lines and how they might read differently if they were transcribed incorrectly.

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'Three Jewish Husbands, But No Guilt': My Mother's Wisdom

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Patricia Lyons Simon Newman died in Chicago, at the age of 84. Her son, NPR's Scott Simon, tweeted from her bedside in the intensive care unit as their time together came to a close. He remembers her wisdom and wit, and the lessons she taught him.

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Retire The Phrase, 'This Wouldn't Be A Scandal In Europe'

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon argues that it's time to retire the phrase "this wouldn't be a scandal in Europe" when referring to American politicians embroiled in sex scandals. From former President Bill Clinton to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, such scandals no longer seem to end careers.

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Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

Saturday, June 29, 2013

In the 1970s, the Boston Pops effectively turned the 1812 Overture into an Independence Day staple. The music director and executive producer of the orchestra's annual Fireworks Spectacular explain how and why.

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