Scott Simon

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Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Everyone has days in which we wonder if much of anything works. Websites crash. Screens blink, go blank, or taunt: I'm sorry. Try later. We have an unusually high volume of calls. Download to update. Click here if you've forgotten your password.

But for a couple of hours on an ...

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Dreaming Up Ways To Use Fall Back's Extra Hour

Saturday, November 01, 2014

We can turn back time tonight. Well, at least our clocks, for an hour, as Daylight Saving Time ends and Standard Time returns.

There's been debate as to whether we really should flip time back and forth a couple of times a year. The hour of light we gain each ...

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Two Lions Of Journalism, Roaring To The Last

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I think Ben Bradlee and Frank Mankiewicz knew the news business enough to realize that if two old lions die within a couple days of each other, they'll wind up sharing space in the same recollection on a weekly show.

I knew Frank when he was president of NPR, and ...

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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and ...

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Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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In A Way, Gandhi Also Won 2014's Nobel Peace Prize

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Mahatma Gandhi never won the Nobel Peace Prize. A lot of people who have dropped bombs, launched missiles and made war have won the Nobel, but not the man whose very silhouette — bald-headed, wrapped in cloth, and walking in sandals across a perilous world — is taken to be ...

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A Stranger On A Train, A Phone Call, A Man's Life Transformed

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Every now and then you can see a short story come to life right in front of you.

We were on a train this week while a man in a seat nearby spoke in a voice loud enough to carry above the whoosh of the rails to a man whose ...

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FAA Chief: No Quick Fix To Prevent Another Fire Like Chicago

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration is trying to deflect criticism over an arson fire at an air traffic control center that shut down Chicago's airports last week.

Administrator Michael Huerta toured the fire-damaged Chicago air traffic control center in suburban Aurora on Friday with members of the Illinois ...

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Atlantic City Falls From Glittering Resort To Bargain Basement

Saturday, October 04, 2014

The U.S. may have added jobs to its payroll last month, but the losses are still huge in Atlantic City, N.J., where four casinos have closed this year. A fifth teeters, and more than 7,000 people — dealers, greeters, cooks and maids — have been laid off.

The job losses ...

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Fresh Air Weekend: Lena Dunham And Matt Bai

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Lena Dunham talks about sex, oversharing and her new essay collection Not That Kind of Girl; Matt Bai discusses his book All The Truth Is Out about Gary Hart's 1987 affair and political journalism.

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Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Here's an idea for weekend fun: Pick up a banned book.

Look for "the good parts" — the sections of Ulysses, The Grapes of Wrath, The Color Purple, Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lolita, the Harry Potter series, Animal Farm, A Farewell to Arms or ...

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A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A man known around here as "The Host Whisperer" has died.

David Candow was 74. He was a slightly tubby man from Newfoundland with a sly smile and a soft voice. I wanted nothing to do with him.

David was a consultant, brought in to work with NPR hosts and ...

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Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky

Saturday, September 06, 2014

There might be a recliner rebellion going on.

At least three flights have been grounded in little more than a week after passengers had disputes over reclining their seats, or not being able to. On most airlines these days, passengers are packed so close that — insert your favorite ...

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Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Trojan Women, by Euripides, is a Greek tragedy written 2,500 years ago that war keeps timely.

It's about a group of women who struggle to survive in Troy after the town has been sacked. When one of the women cries out, "Our country, our conquered country, perishes ... O ...

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The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I once told my Uncle Sheldon about what a day is like when you cover a war.

I'd just come back from Sarajevo or Kosovo, and described how the city had no trees, because they'd been chopped down for heat. How people had to eat grass because they had no ...

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Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Why can't some of the people who seem to bring the most joy into this world find it for themselves?

The death of Robin Williams, by his own hand, in his own home, possibly after he learned he was in the early stages of Parkinson's, caused a lot of people ...

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Lois Lowry Says 'The Giver' Was Inspired By Her Father's Memory Loss

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Just for a second, imagine a world without war, conflict or grief. Refreshing, right? But it's also a world without memory, at least in the premise of Lois Lowry's 1993 novel The Giver. The movie adaptation opened this week and stars Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges.

The Giver swept ...

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What If 'Gone With The Wind' Had This Ending, Instead?

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician

Saturday, August 02, 2014

M. Caldwell Butler died this week, at the age of 89, just a few days short of another anniversary of the event that etched his name into history.

Butler was a first-term representative from Virginia in 1974, serving on the House Judiciary Committee, which was spending a steamy summer under ...

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