Scott Simon

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Orlando Rises To Meet The Challenges Of An Awful Week

Saturday, June 18, 2016

With the mass shooting, the Christina Grimmie's murder and the toddler killed at a resort, Orlando has suffered lately. NPR's Scott Simon highlights the grace Orlando residents are showing each other.


Politics, Pundits And The Problem With The Word 'Pivot'

Saturday, June 11, 2016

The campaign buzzword du jour seems to be "pivot," and NPR's Scott Simon is sick of it. He points out that it's more than tiresome — it can obscure the true meaning of a politician's message.


If Gorilla's Death Moves You, Consider Other Animals' Plights

Saturday, June 04, 2016

After the shooting death of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the living conditions and deaths of other animals, such as the ones we raise for food.


After Hiroshima Bombing, Survivors Sorted Through The Horror

Saturday, May 28, 2016

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the work of John Hersey, who visited with people who lived through the bombing of Hiroshima. His reporting filled an entire issue of the New Yorker magazine in 1946.


Security Lines Are Interminable, But With Good Reason

Saturday, May 21, 2016

NPR's Scott Simon just spent time waiting in a long security line at the airport. He says that even though it's easy to grow impatient, the security measures exist to protect lives.


The Bison's Back, But What For?

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The National Bison Legacy Act establishes the bison as the national mammal. NPR's Scott Simon muses on the bison's legacy and current significance.


A Cease-Fire In Name Alone

Saturday, April 30, 2016

NPR's Scott Simon considers the breathtaking toll of the violence in Syria.


Joking About A North Korean Cooking Show Just Isn't Funny

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A cooking show featuring Kim Jong Un is reportedly a hit in North Korea. Though it's a setup ripe for satire, NPR's Scott Simon says millions of starving North Koreans make it too serious for jokes.


Inky The Octopus's Great Escape

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Inky the octopus escaped from the National Aquarium of New Zealand and into Hawke's Bay. NPR's Scott Simon celebrates his ingenuity, and second-guesses the octopus's inclusion on his dinner plate.


Merle Haggard, Country's Outlaw With A Heartfelt Message

Saturday, April 09, 2016

NPR's Scott Simon spent some time with the country legend aboard his tour bus in 2001. Simon remembers a man who'd come a long way since his imprisonment at San Quentin, where he did time for robbery.


'Hijack Selfie' Photo Subject Sought Fame In Dangerous Circumstances

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Why would someone pose for a picture with a supposed suicide bomber? In this commentary, NPR's Scott Simon wonders about seeking the price of fame during a dangerous situation.


Refugees Rescue German Politician, But The Rhetoric Stays The Same

Saturday, March 26, 2016

A local leader of Germany's far-right NPD party, which has campaigned for closed borders, crashed his car. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the irony of what happened next: refugees stopped and helped.


An Ode To The Also-Rans In American Politics

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Now is the time to pick up a Pataki for President bumper sticker. Or a Huckabee button, a Jim Webb yard sign, or keychains, ballpoint pens, and window scrapers imprinted Jindal, Paul, Perry, Chafee, Walker, Graham, Santorum, Lessig, and O'Malley for President.

It's already a kind of autumn in the ...


What Might Rouhani Have Missed When Rome Boxed Up The Nudes?

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Another cover-up is in the news.

Italy's Premier Matteo Renzi and Iran's President Hassan Rouhani held a press conference inside Rome's Capitoline Museum this week to announce $18 billion in new business between their countries, now that sanctions against Iran are ending.

But some of the celebrated ancient statues the ...


Politician Takes To Tinder To Ignite Voters' Interest

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Greggor Ilagan, a Hawaii county councilman who is running for the state senate, decided to try to reach that vital demographic of young voters by appearing on social networking sites. And also Tinder, a dating app.

When he announced his candidacy last summer, Mr. Ilagan told local Hawaii press he ...


Playboy Mansion For Sale, Bunnies Not Included

Saturday, January 16, 2016

There's a house for sale in Los Angeles: 29 rooms, tennis court, swimming pool, and wine cellar, a guest house, game house, movie theater, and a grotto, which is not to be confused with any grotto you've read about in the Bible.

The owner wants $200 million dollars. Local realtors ...


Springtime For Hitler: With 'Mein Kampf' Back In Stores, Germany Turns A Page

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Mein Kampf has been published in Germany for the first time in 70 years. What does a limited new publication of a repugnant old book say about modern Germany?

Mein Kampf -- "My Struggle" — sold at least 10 million copies, from the time it appeared in 1925 to the ...


Army Seeks Brave And Willing Eaters To Test Its MREs

Saturday, January 02, 2016

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Remembering Natalie Cole, Who Made A Name All Her Own

Saturday, January 02, 2016

Famous names can be hard to live up to. Those who carry them are born with expectations, as well as advantages, and the sons and daughters of famous people have to make their mistakes and learn their lessons under a lot of watchful eyes.

When we spoke with Natalie ...


Twain's 'Letter From Santa Claus,' A Gift For All Ages

Saturday, December 19, 2015

One of the pleasures of being a parent is the chance to discover things you missed as a child the first time. This week I found a copy of Mark Twain's "A Letter from Santa Claus" that he wrote in 1875 for his 3 year old daughter, Susie, to see ...