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: United We Stood As 9/11 Responders Toiled And Families Searched

Saturday, September 11, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the displays of unity and diversity following the Sept. 11 attacks.

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Opinion: Remembering The Life And Spirit Of Elijah McClain

Saturday, September 04, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon remarks on this week's indictments in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain. He had committed no crime, but police used a carotid hold on him and paramedics injected him with a sedative.

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At The Kabul Airport, Evacuation Flights Forge Ahead Even As Another Attack Is Feared

Saturday, August 28, 2021

A military air traffic controller describes a "steady flow" of aircraft in and out of Afghanistan two days after a deadly explosion and three days before the U.S. deadline to leave.

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Opinion: A New Spirit Joins The Panthéon

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Josephine Baker will be reinterred at the Panthéon in Paris 46 years after her death. The famed entertainer will be the first Black woman to receive the honor. Scott Simon reflects on her legacy.

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She Fled Saigon As A Child. Now She's Seeing Parallels In Afghanistan

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Thuan Le Elston of USA Today talks with Scott Simon about her experience fleeing Saigon as a child at the end of the Vietnam War and how she relates to the current crisis in Afghanistan.

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Opinion: Numb From Afghanistan's Losses

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Host Scott Simon shares the reaction of Zalmai Yawar, an Afghan who first served as a translator for NPR 20 years ago, to the country's return to Taliban control. Yawar now lives in the U.S.

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Opinion: Remembering NPR's Neal Conan

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Neal Conan, who died Aug. 10, hosted NPR's Talk of the Nation with "immaculate knowledge of all subjects, arcane and obvious, and exquisite courtesy with callers and guests," NPR's Scott Simon says.

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Opinion: "Hello? Hello?" The Pain Of Pandemic Robocalls

Saturday, August 07, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon remarks on the persistence of robocalls, which have taken on fresh annoyance these days with so many people working from home.

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Here Are 4 Fabulous Beach Reads — Whether You're On A Beach Or Not

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Late summer is the time to lose yourself in novels, so we asked author (and Key West resident) Meg Cabot to share a few of her favorite books to while away the hours on the water.

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Opinion: New Jersey Renames Its Rest Stops As A Nation Rethinks Monuments

Saturday, July 31, 2021

New Jersey will honor nine of its most illustrious citizens by slapping their names on rest stops along the Garden State Parkway. Scott Simon muses over what becomes a legend most.

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Opinion: Pandemic Memories Will Stay With Our Children

Saturday, July 24, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon remarks on the continuing pandemic and how today's children might remember this time decades from now.

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Opinion: 2020's Other Medical Crisis

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Scott Simon notes the 30 percent increase of drug overdose deaths in the U.S. during the first year of the pandemic.

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Opinion: A Blue Suit, Dusted By Insurrection, Goes To The Smithsonian

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Rep. Andrew Kim, a New Jersey Democrat, has given his blue suit to the Smithsonian. Scott Simon explains its significance as an artifact from the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.

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Opinion: The Song Of A Father's Heartbeat

Saturday, June 19, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon shares the story of Lucio Arreola, a father of three who's recovering from a heart transplant and whose family recorded a song for him using his own heartbeat.

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Opinion: On Claiming The Child Tax Credit

Saturday, June 12, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon ponders the child tax credit, why it was created and why someone as wealthy as Amazon founder Jeff Bezos would get it.

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Opinion: As Kids Grow, So Do Their Parents

Saturday, June 05, 2021

With the school year about to end, NPR's Scott Simon ponders how quickly children grow up and become their own persons.

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3 Memorial Day Movie Recommendations From NPR's Scott Simon

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day is to remember those who have died in military service. NPR's Scott Simon picked three films he found particularly resonant for this weekend.

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'The Other Black Girl' In This New Thriller May Not Be Your Friend

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Zakiya Dalila Harris drew on her book-world background for her new novel, about a Black woman in publishing who thinks, at first, that she has a new ally when her company hires another Black woman.

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Opinion: Eric Carle Brought Light and Color To Our Lives

Saturday, May 29, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon remembers children's book author Eric Carle, who died this week at the age of 91. His experiences as a teenager in Germany during World War II influenced his art.

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Opinion: Remembering Lives Lost In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Saturday, May 22, 2021

NPR's Scott Simon remembers some of the more than 200 people killed during the latest conflict between Israel and Hamas.

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