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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Opinion: What Cows Can Teach Us About Zoom Calls

Saturday, October 17, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the effect of a lack of actual human interaction as social distancing and work-from-home wears on.

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Opinion: Remembering Jim Dwyer, New York's Subway Storyteller, Pulitzer Prize Winner

Saturday, October 10, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon remembers New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer, who died from cancer this week at the age of 63.

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Ngũgĩ Wa Thiong'o Says Prison Formed Him As A Writer

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o is a perennial favorite for the Literature Nobel. He hasn't won yet — but he does have a new book out, a novel in verse that tells the origin story of Kenya's Gĩkũyũ people.

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Opinion: How Could The President Get The Coronavirus

Saturday, October 03, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon talks about the president's diagnosis following months of his dismissing the growing, devastating pandemic.

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Opinion: Holocaust Historian Offers To Serve 10-Year Sentence Of Nigerian Boy

Saturday, October 03, 2020

Piotr Cywinski of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial has suggested Nigeria's president allow 120 adults to each serve a month of a boy's 10-year prison sentence.

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Opinion: Congress Should Do Their Job So Millions of Americans Can Do Theirs

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Millions of Americans are suffering from the economic effects of the pandemic while Congress fails to agree on another round of relief.

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Opinion: Hearing Justice Ginsburg In The Blast Of The Rosh Hashana Shofar

Saturday, September 19, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon remarks on the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right before Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish New Year, which begins this weekend.

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Opinion: The California Dream, A Catastrophic Wake-Up Call

Saturday, September 12, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon recounts what life in California, once the stuff of dreams, has become for too many residents as wildfires, mudslides, earthquakes seem to happen with increasing frequency.

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Bomba Estereo's Simón Mejía Taps A Symphony Of Nature Sounds

Saturday, September 12, 2020

The leader of the Colombian band was building an archive of nature sounds as a hobby when his music and activism instincts kicked in, resulting in the album Monte.

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Opinion: Two Different News Stories, One Message Of Hope

Saturday, September 05, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon recounts how two seemingly different news stories share a common theme of hope.

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Tiny Desk Contestant Danielle Ponder On Telling Stories That Matter Through Music

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Every year, the Tiny Desk Contest attracts thousands of unsigned musicians — like powerhouse singer Danielle Ponder. Her entry, "Poor Man's Pain," was inspired by her work as a public defender.

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In New Documentary, Stacey Abrams Probes The State Of Voter Suppression In 2020

Saturday, September 05, 2020

In the upcoming documentary All In: The Fight For Democracy, the voting rights advocate traces the growing challenges many Americans face when trying to cast a ballot.

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Opinion: The Greatest Athletes Know That The Children Are Watching

Saturday, August 29, 2020

As sports teams make visible their support for Black Lives Matter, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the tradition of athletes speaking out on behalf of civil rights and social justice.

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'Punching The Air' Tells A Story Of Hope Behind Bars

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Author Ibi Zoboi and activist Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, turn his childhood pain into poetry in this new novel in verse, about a Black teenager convicted of a crime he didn't commit.

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A Scientist Feels The Pull Of Faith In 'Transcendent Kingdom'

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Yaa Gyasi's new novel follows a young woman working on a neuroscience PhD who hopes that figuring out the pathways of addiction and depression in mice will help her work through her own feelings.

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Opinion: Did Susan B. Anthony Need A Posthumous Pardon?

Saturday, August 22, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the life of Susan B. Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and questions the need for a posthumous pardon by President Trump.

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University Of California Custodian Discusses Life And Work During A Pandemic

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Nick Gutierrez cleans dorm rooms at the University of California Santa Cruz, and has been doing so for most of the pandemic. He talks about what that's been like, and his concerns for this quarter.

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Making The Best Of Virtual Learning: Some Advice From The Founder Of Khan Academy

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Sal Khan, a pioneer of online learning, says virtual instruction can't replace the real thing. With many schools going virtual this fall, he says building in one-on-one interaction will go a long way.

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Opinion: COVID-19 Cannot Stop The Hum Of A Church Choir

Saturday, August 15, 2020

NPR's Scott Simon muses about a choir that had to stop singing because of the pandemic...so now they hum.

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Jacob Collier On Creating The Negative Space Of 'Djesse Vol. 3'

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Twenty-six-year old Grammy-winning multi-instrumental composer and prodigy Jacob Collier talks about his new album, Djesse Vol. 3., which features collaborations with Ty Dolla $ign and T-Pain.

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