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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Lyle Lovett feels all of fatherhood on first album in a decade, '12th of June'

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Lyle Lovett is feeling fatherhood in silly and tender ways. Scott Simon talks with the Texas musician about family life and how it inspired his first album in a decade, "12th of June."

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'River of the Gods' dives into the 19th century British exploration of the Nile

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scott Simon talks with Candice Millard about 19th century British exploration and her new book, "River of the Gods: Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile."

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A decline in flying bugs sounds good for humans, but it's bad for the environment

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scott Simon talks to Matt Shardlow of UK conservation group Buglife about the decline in flying invertebrates in the UK and how that could spell environmental disaster.

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Remembering the 1 million lives lost to COVID-19

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scott Simon remembers the roughly one million lost to COVID-19 with a reading of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem, "Dirge without Music.

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Officers gather for National Police Week

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Police officers and their families are gathered in Washington for National Police Week. Scott Simon speaks with Congresswoman Val Demings, a former police officer, about the state of policing.

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A hospital chaplain reflects on two years of work during COVID

Saturday, May 14, 2022

For our series "Outbreak Voices," hospital chaplain Stephanie Ramos of Los Angeles recounts what two years of her ministry has been like, comforting the sick and grieving affected by COVID-19.

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Writer and director George Stevens Jr. releases memoir 'My Place In The Sun'

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scott Simon talks to writer and director George Stevens Jr. about his life, growing up in Hollywood, and even Elizabeth Taylor, in his memoir, "My Place In The Sun."

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Movies you missed: 'Grease'

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Scott Simon speaks with Dori Bell, of Houston, Tex., about the 1978 movie, "Grease," which she just watched for the first time.

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Opinion: The return of the burqa in Afghanistan

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Women in Afghanistan continue to experience more restrictions under the Taliban, including the return of the burqa. NPR's Scott Simon notes how the world seems to be distracted from their plight.

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Two teens set out to be a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde in the new novel 'Teenager'

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon interviews writer and heavy construction worker Bud Smith about his new novel, "Teenager," in which a young couple in love hit the road on a wild road trip.

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Saturday sports: NBA playoffs underway; Brittney Griner misses WNBA start

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon discusses the NBA playoffs, Brittney Griner's continued detention in Russia, and Shohei Ohtani's awe-inspiring performance at Fenway Park, with Howard Bryant of Meadowlark Media.

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Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S. describes the current state of the country

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon speaks to Ukraine's ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova about the current status of the war in Ukraine.

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The Supreme Court opinion leak will go down in Chief Justice Roberts' legacy

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon speaks to Joan Biskupic, legal analyst at CNN and Supreme Court biographer, about Chief Justice John Roberts and his leadership within the Supreme Court.

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Kurt Vile chronicles the juggling of everyday life in new album '(watch my moves)'

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon speaks with musician Kurt Vile about his latest album, "(watch my moves)," which was recorded from his house in Philadelphia.

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A millionaire wanted to give away his money. 'Dear Mr. Brody' shows how it went awry

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon speaks with Keith Maitland, director of the documentary "Dear Mr. Brody," about a young millionaire who pledged to give his fortune away in 1970.

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The latest on the refugee crisis in Ukraine

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Scott Simon talks to David Miliband, CEO and president of the International Rescue Committee, about the ongoing refugee crisis in Ukraine.

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Opinion: For comedians, safety is a growing concern

Saturday, May 07, 2022

NPR's Scott Simon wonders if comedians are at increased risk for assault these days, given Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock and an incident this week involving Dave Chappelle.

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Bon Iver's S. Carey releases solo project 'Break Me Open'

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Scott Simon speaks with Bon Iver member S. Carey about his new solo album, "Break Me Open."

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'The Duke' salutes the British legend who stole a Goya from the National Gallery

Saturday, April 30, 2022

In the new movie, "The Duke," Jim Broadbent plays an elderly taxi driver who stole a famous portrait by Francisco Goya in 1961. Scott Simon speaks with Broadbent about the role and his career.

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California wildlife get their own highway crossing

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Scott Simon talks to Beth Pratt of the National Wildlife Federation about California's massive new highway-spanning wildlife crossing and how it will help animals travel safely.

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