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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 — 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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'Annoying Music' Host Leaves 'Magnificent Obsession' Behind

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Jim Nayder, host of Chicago Public Radio's The Annoying Music Show and Magnificent Obsession, died this week. Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon remembers his good friend.

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Bidding Farewell To Tony Soprano

Saturday, June 22, 2013

One of television's most memorable characters, he was the ruthless yet sentimental mafia don from the hit TV series The Sopranos. We lost him when actor James Gandolfini died unexpectedly this week.

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Did ATMs Represent The Dawn Of The Digital Era?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Weekend Edition Saturday Scott Simon remembers the controversy when the first automatic teller machines started popping up in the 1970s. Today there's an electronic transaction, and record, of just about everything we say, read, purchase or do.

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The Speech Eisenhower Never Gave On The Normandy Invasion

Saturday, June 08, 2013

The Allied invasion of the French coast of Normandy took place this week in 1944. In case that highly risky invasion had failed, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had drafted a speech taking full responsibility. Fortunately, he never had to deliver it.

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Peaceful Protest Over Istanbul Park Turns Violent

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Peter Kenyon about the latest on protests in Turkey's largest city that were met with police action that included tear gas and fire hoses.

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High School Newspapers: An Endangered Species

Saturday, June 01, 2013

The New York Times reported this week that only 1 in 8 of New York's public high schools still has a student newspaper. National figures are only a bit better. NPR's Scott Simon says student newspapers are the latest victims of social media.

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Sports: Playoff Time In The NBA

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Host Scott Simon catches up on the week's sports with NPR's Tom Goldman.

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Kerry Acknowledges 'Years Of Disappointments' In West Bank

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Skepticism, cynicism, maybe some hope? Secretary of State John Kerry met with political leaders in Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank this week in his effort to restart direct peace talks between the two parties. As NPR's Emily Harris tells host Scott Simon, this visit brought no concrete plan, but one is expected next month.

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Words Of Wisdom For The Graduating Class Of Moore, Okla.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

High school seniors in Moore, Okla., will hold commencement ceremonies Saturday, despite the death and destruction wreaked by this week's tornado. Scott Simon asks two Oklahoma writers to offer advice to the graduating classes.

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