Scott Simon

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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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Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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One Teacher's Latest Lesson Plan: Help The Homeless

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amazon is now 20 years old!

In 1994, Jeff Bezos walked out of the Wall Street hedge fund where he worked after they declined to invest in his idea, and began to sell books out of his garage.

Today, Amazon is a retail and entertainment empire, selling books and shoes, ...

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In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"I am not a political person by nature," Nadine Gordimer once said. "I don't suppose, if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics."

Gordimer was born in South Africa in the early 1920s, into a society divided and identified by the crime of apartheid. Official racial segregation ...

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Lots Of Fish In The Sea, But One Great White In NYC

Saturday, June 28, 2014

City kids often feel like fish out of water when it comes to fishing. As a city kid myself, I understand that there are those who find it great fun to rise before the sun to bloody their fingers with sharp hooks and spiky lures, then spend long hours trying ...

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Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story

Saturday, June 21, 2014

What's behind the man who is below The Blue Room?

This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting The Blue Room is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.

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In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss

Saturday, June 14, 2014

When fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, captured Tikrit this week, I thought of the time producer Peter Breslow and I visited that city as the war began in 2003.

Tikrit was Saddam Hussein's hometown, about two hours from Baghdad, and the place had prospered under ...

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On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The men and women who brought down Adolph Hitler's war machine cannot defeat mortality. As the dwindling number of veterans who served during D-Day are saluted on the 70th anniversary, we might consider how different our lives might have been if those soldiers and sailors had been turned back from ...

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Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line

Saturday, May 31, 2014

George Orwell once referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

But there was some swill for which David Abbott would not rattle a stick. The British adman died this month at the age of 75. He was one of the founders of the agency ...

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He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport

Saturday, May 24, 2014

There's a man whose name is part of millions of lives, but many of us don't know his story. This Memorial Day weekend may be a good time to hear about him.

Butch was the son of a lawyer who worked for Al Capone. The father wound up testifying against ...

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A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words

Saturday, May 17, 2014

If someone is outraged these days, they often blog about it, or post a tweet in righteous indignation. Parents urge children to use their words, and in the news business, we certainly believe in the power of words and information.

But you may wonder these days if some people confuse ...

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