Scott Simon

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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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Opinion: Joe Biden's Lifetime Of Experience

Saturday, January 23, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the life and career of the nation's newest, and oldest, president.

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Alyda Gilkey On The Life And Legacy Of Her Son David, Who Put 'Pictures On The Radio'

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Gilkey died in 2016 while on assignment in Afghanistan. His mother, Alyda Gilkey, remembers the man behind the lens: an adventurous soul who had a way of putting his subjects at ease.

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Opinion: The Fringe Of America's Fabric

Saturday, January 16, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the upcoming presidential inauguration of Joe Biden in the wake of last week's deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol.

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Trying To Survive On The Margins In 'At The Edge Of The Haight'

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Katherine Seligman's new novel makes alive and visible the lives of people we often walk past. It's the story of a young woman surviving on the streets of San Francisco with a few friends and her dog.

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Opinion: Remembering Journalist And Friend Neil Sheehan

Saturday, January 09, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the life and work of famed reporter Neil Sheehan who obtained the Pentagon Papers. Sheehan died this week at the age of 84.

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Love And Hope Are At The Heart Of 'The Prophets'

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Robert Jones Jr.'s debut novel is a love story between two enslaved men on a Mississippi plantation. He says that it was very important for him to depict love and art in the midst of sorrow.

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Opinion: 'The Great Gatsby' Enters Public Domain But It Already Entered Our Hearts

Saturday, January 02, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the legacy of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The literary classic's copyright expired on the first day of 2021.

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The New Year Will Bring More Transparency In Hospital Prices

Saturday, January 02, 2021

A new federal health care rule requires hospitals to publicly post prices for every service they offer and break down those prices by component and procedure.

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Opinion: T'was The Night Before Christmas in 2020

Saturday, December 19, 2020

With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, NPR's Scott Simon updates "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for 2020.

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OH OH OH! Joyful Holiday Cards That Don't Shy Away From A Tough Year

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Offering "charming" and "cheeky" greetings, Chandra Greer, owner of stationery company Greer Chicago, is selling holiday cards specifically designed to speak to a tumultuous year.

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Opinion: COVID-19 Has Taken Away Nutcracker Season

Saturday, December 12, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon notes how the pandemic has impacted the arts, including seasonal performances of "The Nutcracker." Without ticket sales from that ballet, many organizations are struggling.

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Why Do We Give Presents On Hanukkah? 'Nate Gadol' Has The Story

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Jewish families haven't always given presents on Hanukkah — it only dates to the 1880s. Arthur Levine's new kids' book The Hanukkah Magic of Nate Gadol imagines a fanciful origin for the tradition.

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Opinion: The Truth About Pardons

Saturday, December 05, 2020

The history of presidential pardons is often surprising — and revealing.

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In Michel Faber's Latest, The Disappearance (Isappearance?) Of The Letter 'D'

Saturday, December 05, 2020

Faber has created a world in which the letter d is starting to fade, imperiling things like dogs, doctors, dentists — and a girl named Dhikilo, who travels to a different world to solve the mystery.

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Opinion: Reading William Butler Yeats 100 Years Later

Saturday, November 28, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on what a 100 year-old poem by William Butler Yeats means today.

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In Defense Of The Pet Snail

Saturday, November 28, 2020

For those who can't adopt a furry friend for a pet — perhaps due to space, allergies or schedules — might we recommend an alternative: Snails. No, really. Hear us out.

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Fish Market Cook Finds Giant Pearl While Preparing Chowder

Saturday, November 28, 2020

A fish market employee in Montauk, Long Island, finds a rare treasure while preparing the day's pot of clam chowder: A giant pearl.

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Lego Wunderkind Wows With His Intricate Models Of German Soccer Stadiums

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Joe Bryant, a 12-year-old fanatic of the German pro soccer league, has been building detailed reconstructions of their arenas out of the tiny bricks without the help of blueprints.

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Opinion: Remembering Jan Morris, Historian And Writer

Saturday, November 21, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon remembers historian and travel writer Jan Morris, who died Friday at age 94.

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Voter Fraud Ruffles New Zealand 'Bird Of The Year' Competition

Saturday, November 14, 2020

The little spotted kiwi soared in the rankings before election organizers discovered 1,500 fraudulent votes placed for the flightless bird.

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