Scott Simon

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Rod McKuen, The Cheeseburger To Poetry's Haute Cuisine

Saturday, January 31, 2015

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It May Take A British Actor To Make An American Story Sing

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. is British. Coretta Scott King, too. So is Lyndon Baines Johnson, Superman, Batman, the last Abraham Lincoln, the ramrod U.S. Marine, and the chisel-chested CIA operative in Homeland, and many of the B'almer cops and hoods on The Wire. So are Philip on The Americans, ...

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Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Every Saturday just before our show begins I get on the public address system here to announce to our crew, "It's a beautiful day for a radio show. Let's do two today!"

It's an admiring imitation of Ernie Banks, the Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame baseball player who died last ...

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From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

Saturday, January 24, 2015

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Are Stripes A Zebra's Cooling System?

Saturday, January 17, 2015

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Remembering Al Bendich, Fierce Defender Of Free Speech

Saturday, January 17, 2015

When Alan Ginsberg wrote, "I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked" in 1955, his poem "Howl" wasn't immediately acclaimed a masterpiece. Some people read the explicit parts and said it was mere porn.

Shig Murao, a clerk at City Lights Bookstore, was arrested ...

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Satire May Be Uncomfortable, But Humor Makes Us Human

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Satire is a tricky business. The punch lines quickly get stale. The same people who laugh at one joke can get offended by the next.

But this week, with the targeted killings of the cartoon satirists of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, we were reminded how dangerous people with no sense ...

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The Plan To Report The End Of The World

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I've always had a good time in Cuba. The people are friendly and funny, the rum is smooth, the music intoxicating and the beaches wide, white and soft.

But you're accompanied everywhere by government minders. They call them responsables. Any Cuban you interview knows your microphone might as well run ...

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Outrage Over Chinese Takeout Brings To Mind A Maxim

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"There's a Harvard man on the wrong side of every question," and this week that man may have been Ben Edelman, an associate professor at Harvard Business School.

Edelman, a Harvard Ph.D and lawyer, has been called the Sheriff of the Internet for pursuing companies he believes have committed ...

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A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift

Saturday, December 06, 2014

This just in: Kirk Douglas is not dead.

"The announcement of my death is premature," he told USA Today, after People Magazine's website ran an obituary this week for Mr. Douglas, who looks vigorous, says he feels strong, has just published a book of poetry, and will turn 98 ...

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Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Australian cricket player Phillip Hughes died this week in Sydney after he was struck on the back of the neck by a bounced pitch that's an ordinary and routine part of cricket.

Mr. Hughes was 25, an accomplished and admired player. There's been an outpouring of grief in Australia and ...

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Chicken Confidential: How This Bird Came To Rule The Cultural Roost

Saturday, November 29, 2014

If you looked at Earth from far off in the solar system, would it look like it's run by humans — or chickens? There are about three times as many chickens as people on this planet. And while horses and dogs are often celebrated as humankind's partner in spreading civilization, ...

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Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

Saturday, November 22, 2014

There are just a few words in the last four minutes of Mike Nichols' 1967 film, The Graduate.

"Elaine! Ben! It's too late! Not for me..."

A lot of directors would have ended the film on the two young lovers in the back of the bus, giddy, giggly and ...

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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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