Streams

Scott Simon

Scott Simon appears in the following:

Pakistanis Vote, Braving Violent Attacks

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pakistanis go to the polls Saturday in parliamentary elections after one of the bloodiest campaigns in the nation's history. In the early hours, there were already reports of bombings. NPR's Julie McCarthy tells host Scott Simon that militants killed dozens during the pre-election campaign, forcing the cancellation of many political rallies around the country.

Comment

Sports: Playoff Picks, Tragedy In Sailing

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Tom Goldman about the week's sports news, including the NBA basketball playoffs and the death this week of Olympic gold medal sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson while training for the America's Cup.

Comment

Diplomats Hope Syrian Rebels' Losses Promote Collaboration

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Syrian rebels are on the defensive these days, losing ground to new offensives by government troops. Western diplomats are hopeful the rebel losses will persuade their leaders to attend an international conference being organized by the U.S. and Russia to chart a path to peace in the blood-soaked country. Host Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Deb Amos.

Comment

For Mother's Day, Honoring Mom's Singular Vision

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Host Scott Simon is convinced that mothers come equipped with magical powers: specifically, eyes in the back of their head. They know what you're up to, even when they can't see you.

Comment

Mom's X-Ray Vision Also Sees The Best In Us

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers know us better — sometimes better than we know ourselves. As any child will tell you, they really do have eyes in the back of their heads. When times are tough, they also have our back.

Comment

The Ever-Changing Pace Of Obsolescence

Saturday, May 04, 2013

This week, an Apple fan blog leaked word that the company will declare its first-generation iPhone "obsolete," just six years after it was introduced. Host Scott Simon contrasts that with the world's longest known ongoing experiment in a bell jar in an Australian lab.

Comment

A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The bombing attack at the Boston Marathon Monday could have caused scrambling and panic. Instead, the tragedy revealed the city's character as people rushed to help each other.

Comment

At The Spelling Bee, Spelling Is No Longer Enough

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Starting this year, competitors in the National Spelling Bee will not only have to know how to spell a word, but they'll also have to know what it means.

Comment

How Did All Those People Get Inside Jonathan Winters?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Winters was best known for creating a repertory company of characters that he carried around in his head. In 2000, he told NPR's Scott Simon how he built that cast, after taking some advice from another performer.

Comment

Roger Ebert: Elegance And Empathy

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Roger Ebert wrote simply, abundantly, gorgeously — and on deadline for 46 years at the Chicago Sun-Times. Over the years, his work reminded us that empathy is the grace note of a good life, not just great art.

Comment

Humble Gestures Are New Pope's Symbol Of Service

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Pope Francis surprised many this week by washing the feet of young inmates in prison instead of priests in a grand basilica. The ceremony emulates the way Jesus washed the feet of his 12 disciples. On this Easter weekend, we consider the meaning behind Pope Francis' break with tradition.

Comment

Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood

Saturday, March 23, 2013

This week scientists announced they have reproduced the genome of an extinct amphibian, the gastric brooding frog. But animals are more than just their genomes, so NPR's Scott Simon wonders if it's necessary — or kind — to bring them back.

Comment

The Power Of A Father's Love Overturns His Beliefs

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Knowing his son was gay prompted Republican Sen. Rob Portman to reconsider his position on same-sex marriage. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on how children can cause their parents to see issues in a new light.

Comment

Snowquester Fizzles, But We're Humbled Anyway

Saturday, March 09, 2013

After Snowquester fizzled, Scott Simon muses that snow forecasts falling so flat is a sound reminder, during a time of national debate, that experts can be wrong.

Comment

Forget North Korea, The Only Threat D.C. Needs Is Snow

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Host Scott Simon reflects on the "snowquester," the end of the winter season snow storm that wasn't.

Comment

Pianist Van Cliburn, Warmed Russian Hearts During Cold War

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Texan won the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 — and wooed Russians in the process. Van Cliburn died Wednesday at 78.

Comment

A N.Y. Cop's Good Intentions, Complicated Results

Saturday, December 08, 2012

After an act of kindness by a New York City cop, Jeffrey Hillman went from being an anonymous, overlooked street person to a public figure whose life was dissected as if he were running for office.

Comment

Jesse Jackson Jr.: Great Hopes And Disappointments

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. has a famous name and fabulous contacts, and had what looked like boundless prospects when he was first on the national stage in 1988. But this week, he resigned from Congress after his self-hospitalization this summer and an ongoing ethics investigation.

Comment

Jimmy Hoffa: Still Searching. Still Waiting.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?" is one of the great persisting questions of the past generation. The latest tip has lead to a spot under a driveway outside Detroit, in the long search for the former teamster union head.

Comment

'A Chance To Start Over': Wounded Vets Ride Again

Saturday, April 21, 2012

An annual four-day bike ride organized by the Wounded Warrior Project is being held across the country this week. One Marine says the ride gives them back the camaraderie they had in the military. "You look back and you got guys missing legs, missing arms — it doesn't matter. We're just all riding together."

Comment