Scott Simon

NPR

Scott Simon is an American journalist, and the host of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Saturday. Born in Chicago, in 1952 or 1953, he is the son of comedian Ernie Simon and actress Patricia Lyons; his first novel is Pretty Birds.

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Famed author Jodi Picoult novelizes the pandemic in new book 'Wish You Were Here'

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Picoult's pandemic-inspired story focusing on a character stranded in the Galápagos Islands highlights how events can change us — and offer perspective.

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Mario Vargas Llosa explores 1954 Guatemalan coup in new novel

Monday, November 29, 2021

Harsh Times, set in the 1950s, is historical fiction centering on events of a CIA-backed coup to overthrow Guatemala's democratically-elected government led by Jacobo Árbenz.

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Famed author Jodi Picoult novelizes the pandemic in new book 'Wish You Were Here'

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Scott Simon talks with Jodi Picoult about her new novel, "Wish You Were Here." It's a pandemic-inspired story, with a character stranded in the Galapagos Islands.

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Opinion: In Sondheim's essential lyrics, a soundtrack for life

Saturday, November 27, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the life and legacy of Stephen Sondheim, the venerated composer and lyricist who died Friday at the age of 91.

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Independent retailers look to Small Business Saturday to recoup sales after pandemic

Saturday, November 27, 2021

You know about Black Friday, but Small Business Saturday is also promoted as a means for smaller businesses to make up for the sales they lost during the pandemic.

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Elbow tugs on the strings of childhood, life and death in album 'Flying Dream One'

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Scott Simon speaks with musician Guy Garvey, lead singer for Elbow, about his band's ninth studio album, "Flying Dream One."

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Sophia Glock divulges her secretive life as a child of CIA officers in 'Passport'

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Scott Simon speaks with author Sophia Glock about her graphic novel, "Passport," about a young girl's experience with her parents' careers with the CIA.

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Invasive green crabs are threatening local species. The solution? Eat them

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Invasive green crabs are harming habitats in the pacific northwest. A solution? Researchers say catch 'em and eat 'em. Scott Simon talks with marine scientist Shon Schooler.

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Alaskan museum uncovers unique art from the indigenous Tlingit tribe

Saturday, November 27, 2021

The registrar of the Haines Sheldon Museum in Haines, Alaska, uncovered detailed designs on weathered, wooden Tlingit boxes.

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Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin expects the Senate to pass spending bill by the end of 2021

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, spoke with NPR about how Democrats plan to secure all 50 member votes needed to pass President Biden's $2.2 trillion social spending bill.

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Opinion: Hugging is common and meaningful in the animal kingdom

Saturday, November 20, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on hugs and other comforting behavior that occurs in the animal world.

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Opinion: Veteran and former senator Max Cleland has died, but his legacy lives on

Saturday, November 13, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon marks the passing of Max Cleland, who was a U.S. Army captain and senator from Georgia.

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Tiny Desk Contest entrant Zhalarina on the paternal bond that inspired 'Lala'

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Judges for the Tiny Desk Contest watched thousands of videos, and Weekend Edition is highlighting some of the standouts — this week: rapper Zhalarina's "Lala."

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Opinion: Fine dining on the International Space Station

Saturday, November 06, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon contemplates the growing dining options for astronauts aboard the space station, including tacos, chile and even lobster.

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Snail Mail talks 'emphasizing the opposite' for new album 'Valentine'

Saturday, November 06, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Lindsey Jordan, whose 2018 debut turned out to be a breakout success, about her newest album, "Valentine."

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Helado Negro's meditative new album, 'Far In,' is one he's always wanted to hear

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Roberto Carlos Lange, who performs under the moniker Helado Negro, shares his thoughts on his new album, astrology, and the beauty of nature.

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Opinion: Timely Halloween costumes

Saturday, October 30, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon muses on some of the costumes he'd like to see this second pandemic Halloween.

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Here's what 'Let's Go, Brandon' actually means and how it made its way to Congress

Saturday, October 30, 2021

No one is really cheering on a guy named Brandon. Instead, the phrase is being used in conservative circles in place of a more vulgar message directed at President Biden.

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Katie Couric goes behind the scenes in the cutthroat world of morning TV news

Saturday, October 23, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the veteran broadcast journalist and former Today show anchor about her new memoir, Going There, which chronicles her decades in TV news as well as her personal life.

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Nick Offerman on why he finds solace in the outdoors

Saturday, October 23, 2021

The actor and author has a new book, Where the Deer and the Antelope Play. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why walking in the woods makes him feel better and how to experience nature in a city.

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