Scott Simon

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'The Bettencourt Affair': Extravagant Friendship Or Cruel Swindle?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt lavished money and gifts on her friend, photographer François-Marie Banier. Then, her daughter sparked a decade of scandal by accusing Banier of abusing her.

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As Rhetoric Ramps Up, Are Today's Kids Worried About Nuclear War?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the era of "duck and cover" and making grisly jokes with other kids about nuclear war. But he also remembers the nightmares, and hopes kids aren't simlarly troubled now.

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'Hindrance Became The Power': Passion Pit's Angelakos On Music And Mental Health

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Due to his own experiences with mental illness, Angelakos has become involved in advocacy — including founding the WishArt Group and donating the royalties from sales of his new album to research.

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Democracy Advocate Executed In Syria

Saturday, August 05, 2017

It was reported this week that one of Syria's leading activists for democracy and free speech, Bassel Khartabil Sadafi, was executed by the Syrian government almost two years ago.

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Chopin In The Shadows: The Supernatural Adventures Of Byron Janis

Saturday, August 05, 2017

The famous 89-year-old pianist has spent a lifetime perfecting Chopin. Along the way, the composer has reached out from the great beyond in a few startling ways.

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'New People' Author Danzy Senna Loves The Troublesome Characters

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Author Danzy Senna's new novel follows a young, interracial couple — Khalil and Maria — whose seemingly charmed life falls apart after Maria becomes infatuated with a mysterious poet.

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Take A Pilgrimage To America's Sport Sanctuaries In 'The Arena'

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Rafi Kohan traveled all over the country to research stadiums for his new book. He learned the secrets of ground crews and ticket scalpers and explored the economics of tax-funded stadiums.

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A World Series Ring For Steven Bartman

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Steven Bartman is famous for interfering with a foul ball in a Chicago Cubs baseball game in 2003. This week, the Cubs gave Bartman a ring from their 2016 World Series win.

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A Criminal Mastermind At Work

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Prosecutors charged a man with securities fraud. They said he searched the Internet with phrases like, "how SEC detect unusual trade," and "insider trading international account."

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In New Orleans, There's A Piece Of Music History Around Every Corner

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A group of NOLA music lovers has created "A Closer Walk," an interactive map of landmarks like the birthplace of jazz, a recording studio-turned-laundromat and the home of a legendary cornetist.

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Remembering Liu Xiaobo, Who Fought For Human Rights In China

Saturday, July 15, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Liu Xiaobo and the principles he stood for in China, and wonders how Americans and American institutions will respond to his death.

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Marathon Runner Outruns Black Bear In Maine

Saturday, July 08, 2017

How do you get away from a black bear if you can't climb a tree or can't swim in a nearby lake? You run! We have the story of a junior at the University of Maine and his lucky escape.

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Instagrandma Baddiewinkle Says She's 'Always Been A Rebel'

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Baddiewinkle is an Instagram influencer with more than 3 million followers. She's also a great-grandmother, and, at 88, she's written a new book: Baddiewinkle's Guide to Life.

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Remembering 'Captain' Neil Cohen, Summer Camp Counselor And Sage

Saturday, July 08, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon remembers Neil Cohen, who first handed Simon The New York Times one summer at Camp Indianola. Cohen was his camp counselor, and went on to become an attorney and law professor.

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'Healing Children': A Surgeon's Take On What Kids Need

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Dr. Kurt Newman has spent his career caring for children. In a new book, he argues that children are not just smaller adults, and the differences matter for their treatment.

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Southern Cooking: 'People Of Color Didn't Get The Respect They Earned'

Sunday, June 11, 2017

In his new book, John T. Edge writes that food plays a central role in Southern identity, but African-American and immigrant cooks have often been left out of the stories the South tells about itself.

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A Special Request: 'Birmingham Jail'

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Scott Simon has a special request for musical guest John Paul White: the song "Birmingham Jail," also known as "Down in the Valley."

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Saturday Sports: Cleveland Cavaliers Take A Win Against Warriors

Saturday, June 10, 2017

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Jeh Jeh Pruitt of local TV station WBRC Fox 6 about the NBA finals, and what Alabama and Auburn fans are talking about in the off-season.

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A Birmingham Landmark With A Storied But Segregated History

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Lyric Theatre in Birmingham Ala., has a long history. It embraces it, both the good and the bad.

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A Man Learns The Truth About His Adoption In 'Everybody's Son'

Saturday, June 03, 2017

As a boy, Anton was adopted by a loving, prominent couple. He grows up to be a man of distinction. Then he learns that his adopted dad manipulated his biological mom into giving him up.

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