Scott Simon

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A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination

Saturday, April 20, 2013

People in Boston can speak for themselves. And do. Loudly, bluntly and often with humor that bites.

It's a city that speaks with both its own broad, homebrew, local accent — although no one really pahks thea cah in Havahd Yahd — and dialects from around the world. It is ...

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At The Spelling Bee, Spelling Is No Longer Enough

Saturday, April 13, 2013

This week, the National Spelling Bee announced that spelling will no longer be enough.

Beginning this year, contestants in the early rounds will not only have to know how to spell, say, "flocculent," but also know whether it's:

A) an intestinal disorder among sheep

B) the stuffing inside a ...

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How Did All Those People Get Inside Jonathan Winters?

Saturday, April 13, 2013

You can call anyone but Einstein a genius and start an argument.

Well, maybe Einstein or Jonathan Winters. The comedian, who died Friday at the age of 87, was immediately hailed by Steve Martin, Robin Williams and others as a genius.

He made hit comedy albums, was a regular on ...

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Roger Ebert: Elegance And Empathy

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Roger Ebert was a critic, not a blowtorch. He could be sharp if he thought a movie insulted the audience, but had a champ's disdain for a cheap shot.

Many critics ridiculed the film Deep Throat when it came out in 1973. Who couldn't mock its absurdities? Roger just wrote, ...

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Humble Gestures Are New Pope's Symbol Of Service

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Sometimes great change can be revealed in small gestures. This week Pope Francis knelt on the stone floor of a detention facility in Rome to wash and kiss the feet of 12 young inmates.

Other popes have carried out this rite on Holy Thursday. It is a ceremony to emulate ...

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Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The gastric brooding frog may be coming back. Does that give us a lot to brood about, too?

This week scientists at the University of New South Wales' Lazarus Project announced they have reproduced the genome — that bit of biological material that carries our genetic structure — of a ...

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The Power Of A Father's Love Overturns His Beliefs

Saturday, March 16, 2013

When Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio on Friday became the latest conservative politician to announce his support for same-sex marriage, he disclosed that his son, Will, a junior at Yale University, had told him two years ago that he is gay; and that love and admiration for his son had ...

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Snowquester Fizzles, But We're Humbled Anyway

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Snowquester fizzled.

Wednesday was more or less canceled this week in official Washington, D.C. An enormous winter storm bore down on the region, threatening ice, a foot of snow in the city (more in the suburbs), and wind and misery throughout the region.

Most of the federal government was closed. ...

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Pianist Van Cliburn, Warmed Russian Hearts During Cold War

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Van Cliburn thawed out the Cold War.

He went to Moscow in 1958 for the first International Tchaikovsky Competition. When he sat down to play, Russians saw a tall, 23-year-old Texan, rail thin and tousle-haired, with great, gangly fingers that grew evocative and eloquent when he played the music of ...

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A N.Y. Cop's Good Intentions, Complicated Results

Saturday, December 08, 2012

After an act of kindness by a New York City cop, Jeffrey Hillman went from being an anonymous, overlooked street person to a public figure whose life was dissected as if he were running for office.

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Jesse Jackson Jr.: Great Hopes And Disappointments

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Jesse Jackson Jr. has a famous name and fabulous contacts, and had what looked like boundless prospects when he was first on the national stage in 1988. But this week, he resigned fro...

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Jimmy Hoffa: Still Searching. Still Waiting.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

"What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?" is one of the great persisting questions of the past generation. The latest tip has lead to a spot under a driveway outside Detroit, in the long search for the former teamster union head.

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'A Chance To Start Over': Wounded Vets Ride Again

Saturday, April 21, 2012

An annual four-day bike ride organized by the Wounded Warrior Project is being held across the country this week. One Marine says the ride gives them back the camaraderie they had in ...

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It's A Girl! The New iPhone Speaks

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Siri is the name of a new talking virtual assistant feature on the latest iPhone that can tell you when you have an appointment, where to find a Thai restaurant, and what the pollen...

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