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Scott Simon appears in the following:

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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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The sky was full of wonders this week, NPR's Scott Simon muses, as a spacecraft landed on a comet and two window washers were rescued 69 stories above the streets at the new One World Trade Center.

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Dreaming Up Ways To Use Fall Back's Extra Hour

Saturday, November 01, 2014

As Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time returns, NPR's Scott Simon wonders about that extra hour, and the different ways we might best put it to use. What will you do with it?

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Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Two of journalism's greats died within a couple days of each other — Ben Bradlee and Frank Mankiewicz. NPR's Scott Simon remembers them for their shared gifts of charm, wit and street smarts.

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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.

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Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.

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In A Way, Gandhi Also Won 2014's Nobel Peace Prize

Saturday, October 11, 2014

In a week when two Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Mahatma Gandhi's life. Though Gandhi never won the prize, 2014's winners carry on his legacy.

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A Stranger On A Train, A Phone Call, A Man's Life Transformed

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Announcing a layoff over the phone is bad etiquette, but it's the stuff of a great short story. When NPR's Scott Simon overheard such a moment, he couldn't help but try to fill in the gaps.

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FAA Chief: No Quick Fix To Prevent Another Fire Like Chicago

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Administrator Michael Huerta has a response to lawmakers who criticized the FAA for failing to have backup systems in place when a fire at an air traffic control center shut down Chicago's airports.

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Atlantic City Falls From Glittering Resort To Bargain Basement

Saturday, October 04, 2014

With four casinos shuttered, a fifth on the brink and 7,000 jobs lost, the once-glittery Atlantic City ponders a path to the future.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lena Dunham And Matt Bai

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Lena Dunham talks about sex, oversharing and her new essay collection Not That Kind of Girl; Matt Bai discusses his book All The Truth Is Out about Gary Hart's 1987 affair and political journalism.

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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?

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A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice

Saturday, September 20, 2014

David Candow, known around NPR as "The Host Whisperer," has died. He was a great teacher, not only instructing us about the craft of radio news but reminding why the craft is important.

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