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Each week 4 million listeners turn to NPR's Scott Simon on Weekend Edition Saturday for his take on the week's news, many for his special reflection on a news item of the week. From the Don Imus controversy to a heartfelt goodbye to colleague and mentor David Halberstam to how to share baseball's joys with non-Americans, Scott opens his heart and shares his insights with listeners.
||'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing||Wednesday, the College Board announced it will make the essay portion of the SAT exam optional. But what is lost when the importance of essays is diminished?||3/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis||Ramis, the actor and director best known for his comedies like Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, died on Monday. In an age of bombast and snickering, Ramis remembered the importance of compliments.||3/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country||A Ukrainian skier has pulled out of the Olympics to show solidarity with protesters back home. While the impact of her move is unclear, forgoing a chance at a medal is a powerful symbol.||2/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years||Shirley Temple starred in reliably formulaic movies — a little girl loses a parent, but unlocks the iron hearts of those around her with smiles and song. NPR's Scott Simon says her films still have the power to cheer us.||2/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home||Will Sochi be a city of super-sized, expensive venues that sit mostly empty in the future? Maybe having different cities host the Olympics doesn't make much sense.||2/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl||Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday in New Jersey. She is the first opera star to be asked. NPR's Scott Simon remembers how Fleming has performed under pressure many times, including when she sang "Amazing Grace" at the ruins of the World Trade Center after 9/11.||2/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda?||Dennis Rodman took a team of former NBA players to North Korea to celebrate leader Kim Jong Un's birthday. NPR's Scott Simon likes the flamboyant and frank Rodman, but wonders if his tour amounts to sports diplomacy or propaganda for the North Korean regime.||1/11/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History||NPR's Scott Simon muses on the inclusion of the former tennis superstar in the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. King is a lesbian who was not always open about her sexuality, but both she and American culture have changed since then.||12/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Draining The Daring From A High School Production Of 'Rent'||Recently, the principal of Trumbull High School in Connecticut canceled a student production of Rent. The rock musical, about a group of young people living in New York, features characters dealing with drugs, sexuality and AIDS.||12/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||As We Memorialize Mandela, Remember Those Who Stood With Him||By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few giants on the world stage. As NPR's Scott Simon remembers, he was not alone in offering his life for freedom, so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.||12/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
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Scott Simon has one of the best programs anywhere, and I always look forward to hearing him on Saturday mornings. Glad his "Simon Says" segments are available here if I've missed one, or want to listen again or share it. Scott is the real deal, and the WE staff are the best.
An excellent segment.
It's good to have Scott Simon's segments in a seperate podcast from the rest of NPR, because the most emailed stories and the stories choosen for the Shuffle podcast do not always contain his excellent commentary. I highly recommend subscribing.
Scott Simon is one of the most intelligent,funny and engaging voices on the radio...or in podcasting. He always brings a depth of understanding to the myraid of topics he covers. Even though his podcasts are short-not a bad thing by the way- he always manages to be thought provoking and inject a bit of humor into each one.
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