Scott Simon

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Might Bad Handwriting Lead To 'Lend Me Your Beers'?

Saturday, August 17, 2013

William Shakespeare was a singular genius who sometimes made that hard to see — or at least read.

The New York Times reports this week that modern computer analysis has persuaded scholars that 325 lines in the 1602 edition of Thomas Kyd's play The Spanish Tragedy were truly authored ...

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'Three Jewish Husbands, But No Guilt': My Mother's Wisdom

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Thank you for all of the kind notes and messages, from truly millions of people.

When I flew to my mother's hospital room here in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, I did not expect it to become — and prayed it wouldn't be — the place where she would ...

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Retire The Phrase, 'This Wouldn't Be A Scandal In Europe'

Saturday, July 13, 2013

I hope we've heard the last of people saying, "This would never be a scandal in Europe." They usually mean "sex scandal," and by now I think Americans are entitled to boast that we've become as blase about politicians with their pants down — or, in the case of

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'Annoying Music' Host Leaves 'Magnificent Obsession' Behind

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Longtime Chicago radioman Jim Nayder brought ear-aching music from his Annoying Music Show to Weekend Edition for many years. He died on Friday at the age of 59. Host Scott Simon has this remembrance of his friend.

Jim Nayder was a sweet soul and a cockeyed wit in a ...

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Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4

Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for ...

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Bidding Farewell To Tony Soprano

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Anthony Soprano, a waste-management consultant from Essex County, N.J., died this week.

Tony Soprano was — according to reports that aired for six years on HBO — head of the DiMeo crime family, which allegedly ran illicit drugs, untaxed alcohol, illegal sports betting and other criminal enterprises from the back ...

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Did ATMs Represent The Dawn Of The Digital Era?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sometimes history stares you in the face, and you look in the wrong direction.

As a young reporter in the late 1970s, I did stories about some of the first automatic teller machines as they came into use. Most of my stories bore in on the concerns that seemed most ...

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The Speech Eisenhower Never Gave On The Normandy Invasion

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Sometimes history gets revealed in small, nearly forgotten scraps.

The Allied invasion of Normandy took place this week in 1944. On the evening of June 5, the largest armada in history began to churn through heavy swells in the English Channel, and pink-cheeked young paratroops prepared to board airplanes that ...

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High School Newspapers: An Endangered Species

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Does your local high school have a student newspaper? And in this day when a social media message saying, "Tonight's Green Design and Technology class homework sucks!" can instantly be sent to thousands, does it need to?

The New York Times reports this week that only 1 in 8 of ...

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Words Of Wisdom For The Graduating Class Of Moore, Okla.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

High school students in Moore, Okla., will graduate on schedule Saturday, 6 p.m. at the convention center. Even more than usual, high school graduates in Moore may feel that this is a week in which they have, as the phrase from Corinthians says it, "put away childish things."

A tornado ...

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Astronaut Chris Hadfield's Most Excellent Adventure

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chris Hadfield went from feeling truly sublime to faintly ridiculous this week.

He landed after spending 146 days in space, most as commander of the International Space Station. But, he says, as soon as his Soyuz plonked down on the soil of Kazakhstan, "I could feel the weight of my ...

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Mom's X-Ray Vision Also Sees The Best In Us

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mothers have eyes in the back of their heads. They may not show up on X-rays, but they're there.

Like a lot of youngsters, I used to get my mother to turn her head so I could search through her hair for the eyeballs she claimed to have back there, ...

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