Scott Simon http://publicradioeast.org en Lots Of Fish In The Sea, But One Great White In NYC http://publicradioeast.org/post/lots-fish-sea-one-great-white-nyc 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 to haul in fish, even though there are so many which are already cleaned, priced and lying dull-eyed on a bed of ice in a supermarket.<p>A couple of times, my grandfather took me smelt fishing along Chicago's lakefront; it seemed a grandfatherly thing to do. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 12:02:00 +0000 Scott Simon 45118 at http://publicradioeast.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://publicradioeast.org/post/buried-picasso-man-beneath-blue-room-tells-story What's behind the man who is below <em>The Blue Room</em>?<p>This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting <em>The Blue Room </em>is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.<p>Experts have long suspected something more must be below, as there were brushstrokes that didn't match the composition of the nude, bluish woman. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Scott Simon 44537 at http://publicradioeast.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss http://publicradioeast.org/post/tikrit-meet-new-boss-same-old-boss 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.<p>Tikrit was Saddam Hussein's hometown, about two hours from Baghdad, and the place had prospered under his brutal rule. Saddam gave the best jobs to members of his al-Takarita tribe. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43988 at http://publicradioeast.org In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been http://publicradioeast.org/post/70th-anniversary-d-day-look-what-could-have-been 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 the beaches.<p>Stephen Ambrose, the American historian who founded the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, believed the Allies might have tried another invasion, when ocean tides allowed. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43387 at http://publicradioeast.org On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://publicradioeast.org/post/nj-nets-devils-owner-gave-millions-local-causes We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43389 at http://publicradioeast.org South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://publicradioeast.org/post/south-korea-repaves-woman-friendly-seoul Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Seoul, South Korea's making some changes to its urban landscape. The mayor's office says the women-friendly Seoul campaign will make the city more comfortable for women. They say a lot of urban design focused on men when they were the sole workers in a family and that's changed. So, they're installing pink painted parking spots reserved for women that are a bit wider and longer than the average spot and closer to elevators.<p>They also plan to resurface sidewalks in a squishy material to make walking easier for people who wear high heels. Sat, 31 May 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Scott Simon 42812 at http://publicradioeast.org A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words http://publicradioeast.org/post/school-lunch-denied-prompts-powerful-action-world-words 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.<p>But you may wonder these days if some people confuse posting with taking action. Sat, 17 May 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Scott Simon 41613 at http://publicradioeast.org The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics http://publicradioeast.org/post/catchy-songs-eurovision-transcend-europes-divided-politics Eurovision: Love it, hate it, or have no idea what we're talking about? With tensions high in Ukraine, Russian performers are facing the music at the kitschy singing contest. Sat, 10 May 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Scott Simon 41038 at http://publicradioeast.org Want A Tour Of The American Psyche? Flip Through SkyMall http://publicradioeast.org/post/want-tour-american-psyche-flip-through-skymall In all the talk these days of new media, social media and reaching new audiences, it is sobering to note that one of the best-read publications in America is the catalog slipped into airlines' seat pockets, along with the airsickness bag.<p>SkyMall has a reported circulation of 19.5 million. Sat, 03 May 2014 09:32:00 +0000 Scott Simon 40475 at http://publicradioeast.org Want A Tour Of The American Psyche? Flip Through SkyMall Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts http://publicradioeast.org/post/dog-races-rails-manhattan-and-wins-new-yorkers-hearts Some stories can only happen in New York.<p>At 10:39 Tuesday morning, a Metro-North Hudson Line train left the Bronx for Manhattan when Joseph Delia, the engineer, saw a dog running alongside the track.<p>A small, frisky, brown-and-black dog, "just running like she didn't have a care in the world," Delia said.<p>When the train stopped at a signal, the little dog leapt in front of it, then began to race ahead of the commuter train. Sat, 12 Apr 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Scott Simon 38761 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's http://publicradioeast.org/post/muse-painting-came-churchills-rescue-and-bushs Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime." Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Scott Simon 38196 at http://publicradioeast.org A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee http://publicradioeast.org/post/bill-distill-simmers-tennessee Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?<p>A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."<p>The state legislature passed a bill last year saying whiskey can be labeled "Tennessee" only if it's made in the state from a mash that's 51-percent corn, trickles through maple charcoal, and is aged in new, charred oak barrels.<p>There's some precedent in the spirits world. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Scott Simon 37607 at http://publicradioeast.org A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before http://publicradioeast.org/post/tatars-death-chills-those-who-suffered-under-russia Amid all the of necessary analysis of what Russia's move into Crimea means geopolitically and strategically, it might also be good to remember Reshat Ametov.<p>Mr. Ametov was buried this week. He was 39 years old, married and the father of three young children.<p>He was last seen at a demonstration on March 3 in Simferopol, where he joined other Crimean Tatars held a silent protest before the pro-Russian armed men in unmarked uniforms who surrounded the cabinet ministers building.<p>Tatars make up more than 10 percent of Crimea's population. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Simon 37067 at http://publicradioeast.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing http://publicradioeast.org/post/unproductive-anxiety-and-solo-act-essay-writing <blockquote><p>"If you are squeamish<br />Don't prod the Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Scott Simon 35961 at http://publicradioeast.org 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis http://publicradioeast.org/post/lessons-humility-chicago-kid-called-harold-ramis <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqaX5LVsxvc</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 10:44:00 +0000 Scott Simon 35433 at http://publicradioeast.org Lessons In Humility From A Chicago Kid Called Harold Ramis Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country http://publicradioeast.org/post/ukrainian-olympic-skiers-stand-sacrifice-her-country Sports are supposed to be separate from politics, but athletes and games can't always be kept separate from life and death.<p>Scores of people were killed in Ukraine this week, as the security forces of President Viktor Yanukovich opened fire on anti-government protesters in Kiev's Maidan, now called Independence Square.<p>While some 800 miles away, more than 40 Ukrainian athletes have been skiing, skating, working hard to win medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.<p>The team, coaches and officials held a minute of silence on Thursday for those who died, and added black ribbons t Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Scott Simon 34936 at http://publicradioeast.org Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://publicradioeast.org/post/girl-scout-sells-cookies-outside-medical-marijuana-clinic Girl Scout cookies are never that hard to sell, but this week, one 13-year-old San Franciscan may have outsmarted the competition altogether. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Scott Simon 34928 at http://publicradioeast.org Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years http://publicradioeast.org/post/shirley-temples-films-still-charm-after-all-these-years Shirley Temple really could be as effervescent as a jolt of ginger ale and as cheery as a maraschino cherry in the kid's cocktail that is still ordered by her name. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Scott Simon 34427 at http://publicradioeast.org Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home http://publicradioeast.org/post/forego-faux-snow-games-could-use-permanent-home The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are certifiably the most expensive and allegedly staggeringly corrupt.<p>Upwards of $50 billion has been spent to turn a place that's been best known as a Black Sea beach resort, where rich Russians could warm themselves under palm trees during long Moscow winters, into a winter sports capital with ski slopes and bobsled runs.<p>There happens to be a long-standing armed uprising going on nearby, so a steel ring of security has been clamped around an event that will still make some of us dewy-eyed to see peaceful competition among the world's great ath Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Simon 33884 at http://publicradioeast.org Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home Sing Out: A Concert Celebration Of Pete Seeger http://publicradioeast.org/post/sing-out-concert-celebration-pete-seeger <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15869924/pete-seeger">Pete Seeger</a> was a lanky banjo player who showed up at every rally, every singalong, every town meeting, for as long as anyone could remember. He came singing songs of dissent; songs that helped to find the courage to change.<p>Legions of these songs now echo down through decades of strife and protest. Their messages were straightforward: Organize a union for better working conditions, fight for civil rights, fight against prejudice, find an alternative to war and protect the environment. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 17:48:00 +0000 Scott Simon 33366 at http://publicradioeast.org Sing Out: A Concert Celebration Of Pete Seeger