Scott Simon

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Hank Azaria Says 'Brockmire' Has Been With Him For Years

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Azaria stars in the new IFC show of the same name, about a baseball announcer slowly rebuilding his life and career in the minor leagues after a spectacular on-air meltdown over his wife's infidelity.

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A Bid For Blagojevich To Return To Springfield

Saturday, May 13, 2017

There are several portraits of former governors who've gone to prison in the Illinois Capitol. NPR's Scott Simon believes Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached, should be among them — with a catch.

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Otis Redding's 'Unfinished Life' Still Resonates

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nearly 50 years after his untimely death, Redding's influence as a spirit of soul music remains. Jonathan Gould, author of a new biography of the singer, explains why.

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First Responders Need Help Too: Crisis Hotline Caters To Emergency Workers

Saturday, May 13, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Frank Farry about the crisis hotline he set up in Bucks County, Pa., for first responders. Farry says PTSD among public safety workers is an overlooked problem.

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'Are You Anybody?' Jeffrey Tambor Chronicles A Lifetime In Acting

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tambor now stars as Maura, a divorced, transgender parent of three in the Amazon series Transparent. He says the opportunity — and the responsibility — of the role have been life changing.

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Harold Evans Makes Himself Clear: No More Passive Voice

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Celebrated newspaper editor Harold Evans sees a lot of linguistic fog around us: murky words and too much passive voice. His new book, Do I Make Myself Clear? is a passionate call for better writing.

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In A Tribute To A Plumber, Flushing His Ashes

Saturday, May 06, 2017

After Tom McDonald's plumber friend Roy Riegel died, he decided to flush his ashes at baseball stadiums across the country. They were both baseball fans.

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Harvard Library Fines No More

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Harvard announced this week that they will no longer charge 50 cents a day for overdue books. Harvard's Steven Beardsley told The Harvard Crimson that overdue book fines are stressing students.

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'Places,' Please: Lea Michele Turns Back To Broadway

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The Glee star was cast in Les Misérables when she was 8 and has been performing ever since. She says her new album, Places, intentionally calls back to her history onstage.

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Penelope Lively Ponders Pompeii — And Other Stories — In 'The Purple Swamp Hen'

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Award-winning novelist Penelope Lively hasn't written short stories in decades, but, she says, the form suddenly came back to her, for a collection that ranges from Pompeii to the modern day.

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'Every Culture Has A Norman': Richard Gere On Playing A Fixer And Wandering Jew

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Gere's latest film, Norman, is about a Jewish man who pops up on the streets of Manhattan dropping names, handing out cards and promising to connect people.

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Just How Organic Is Your Milk? Well, It Depends On The Dairy It Came From

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Is there a difference between organic milk bought in a grocery store and milk bought straight from farmers? Washington Post reporter Peter Whoriskey talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his findings.

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NPR's Bees (Moderate, Middle Of The Road Bees) Up And Left

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Swarming bees at NPR headquarters led to a warning to not use one of the building's entrances. You know how that advice went over with a bunch of journalists.

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In Fantasy Short 'Forever Tree,' A Black Heroine Learns To Stop Playing Small

Saturday, May 06, 2017

The film is set during the Harlem Renaissance and tells the mysterious, magical story of Tawny Bennett, an antiquarian's apprentice.

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What The Hell's Behind All This Cursing?

Saturday, April 29, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon observes an uptick in the number of profanities uttered by politicians speaking in official capacities, and muses about what the strategy is, and the effect it's having.

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The British At 'Their Finest': How A Nation Kept Calm And Carried On

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Their Finest is a film within a film about making wartime movies in Britain. Bill Nighy stars as an aging matinee idol. Gemma Arterton plays a young copywriter — the script department's secret weapon.

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A Meditation On 'Evil'

Saturday, April 08, 2017

As sickening images of the chemical weapons attack in Syria emerged, NPR's Scott Simon was reminded of a conversation with Romeo Dallaire, and the different ways we understand evil in modern times.

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The Second-Generation Soul Of Zeshan Bagewadi

Saturday, April 08, 2017

The Chicago singer learned about civil-rights-era funk and soul through his Indian Muslim father's record collection. Bagewadi's new album, Vetted, is informed by his family's immigrant story.

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Family, Death And A Road Trip In 'Ashes To Asheville'

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Scott Simon talks with author Sarah Dooley about her book Ashes to Asheville. It's about sisters trying to fulfill their mother's dying wish to spread her ashes in the last place the family was happy.

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In 'Our Short History,' A Dying Single Mom Pens A Letter To Her Son

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Lauren Grodstein's new novel follows a political consultant who's determined to use what time she has left to share as much as she can with her 6-year-old son, including the identity of his father.

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