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From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations, and America's backyards, NPR's Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective as he hosts Weekend Edition Saturday.
 

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: One of the great American plays has been revived on Broadway with a great American cast. "The Front Page", the 1928 Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur play set in the pressroom of Chicago's criminal courts building on the night before a hanging, is back in all of its profane and swaggering glory. It stars Nathan Lane as the crusty editor, John Goodman as the blustery sheriff, Holland Taylor as the fusty mother-in-law...

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Hurricane Matthew brought torrential rains to both North and South Carolina. And now a week after the storm, swollen rivers are flooding communities and residents have been evacuated. South Carolina's Public Radio's Cooper McKim reports from Conway. COOPER MCKIM, BYLINE: I meet 29-year-old RaDraya Williams and her husband, Michael, in the middle of what used to be Bucksport Road and that is now under nearly a foot...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: These days it seems you can sue just about anybody and anything. The one place in the judicial system where it remains hard to take legal action is against individual countries. They're covered by what's known as sovereign immunity. This week, Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post reporter who was imprisoned by the Iranian government for 544 days, filed suit with his family against Iran for what they called...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The number of Americans killed on our roads has increased sharply in the first six months of 2016 after decades of decline. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that fatalities went up by 10.4 percent. Of course, that means thousands of lives. We're joined now by Mark Rosekind, who is the administrator of the NHTSA. Thanks very much for being with us. MARK ROSEKIND: It's my pleasure. SIMON: Why...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: I've been waiting the whole show for this. Baseball's playoffs have opened. Howard Bryant of ESPN joins us now. Howard, thanks so much for being with us. HOWARD BRYANT: Oh, good morning, Scott. I can - I can hear it in your voice. Boy, what do you want to talk about? SIMON: Well, I thought maybe perhaps the Cubs game. It was - look, it was a - it was a duel between two great pitchers won by a squib of a home run....

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: To Hurricane Matthew news now. The storm has stayed offshore. It plowed up the southeast Atlantic coast, and it's weakened. Now it's a category one storm. NPR's Greg Allen has been following it in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. GREG ALLEN, BYLINE: From Florida to North Carolina, governors and emergency managers have taken Matthew's threat seriously. It entered Florida waters as a major hurricane with the potential to...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: The famed Stax recording studio in Memphis is long gone, but Melissa Etheridge conjures up the place in her new CD, a collection of covers by Stax R&B legends like Otis Redding, Rufus Thomas and Sam and Dave. (SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HOLD ON I'M COMING") MELISSA ETHERIDGE: (Singing) Now, don't you ever feel sad. Lean on me when times are bad. When the day comes and you're down in a river of trouble and about to drown,...

In 2012, Shimon Peres became hip. The then-Israeli president was 88 years old at the time, but not too old to shoot this music video asking people around the world to friend him on Facebook: The video is playful, but Peres was dead serious. With his signature stone-faced expression, he imparted his words of advice to young people. "Peace is needed. For your future. For your future. For your future," Peres said in the video, his words set to a dance beat. The former Israeli president and prime...

When he was first interviewed by Studs Terkel in 1971, jockey Eddie Arroyo had been racing for 6 years. He said it was the hardest and most dangerous job he'd ever had. This interview and others that Terkel recorded for his 1974 book, Working, were boxed away in his house until recently, when Radio Diaries and Project& combed through them and produced a series of audio stories, Working Then And Now . Thanks to the WFMT Studs Terkel Archive and the Chicago History Museum. More stories from the...

A friend of photographer Phillip Toledano once said "He is the most self-absorbed person I've ever met — but he wears it well." The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano is a new short film in which the photographer, with the assistance of makeup artists, fortune tellers, and psychics, disguises himself as the various fates life might one day hold for him: Ending up a homeless alcoholic, a white-collar criminal cuffed and taken away by police, or a lonely senior, feeding a small dog from his plate —...

Michael Twitty wants you to know where Southern food really comes from. And he wants the enslaved African-Americans who were part of its creation to get credit. That's why Twitty goes to places like Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's grand estate in Charlottesville, Va. — to cook meals that slaves would have eaten and put their stories back into American history. On a recent September morning, Twitty is standing behind a wooden table at Monticello's Mulberry Row, which was once a sort of main...

For months now, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have been sparring at each other from afar. On Monday they'll do it face to face, on a stage at Hofstra University on Long Island in New York. Debates have been a mainstay of presidential campaigns, it seems forever. But that's not quite the case: The first general election debate didn't occur until 1960, in a Chicago TV studio, between Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Senator John F. Kennedy. Monday's debate between...

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: We're going to talk politics again. But also - health. Dr. Sally Satel is a practicing psychiatrist who studies political trends in medicine. She's a lecturer at Yale and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. And she joins us in our studios. Thanks so much for being with us. SALLY SATEL: Oh, thanks for having me. SIMON: I recognize we're asking you to do this at a distance. But how do you think...

Eimear McBride's new novel, The Lesser Bohemians , is an old story written in a new way: A May-December romance — or perhaps May-August — between 18-year-old Eily, an Irish drama student who comes to London in the 1990s, and a devilish rake of an older man, an actor, of course, named Stephen. The novel is full of intricate, imaginative wordplay — and sex that can be similarly characterized — crafted by one of the most imaginative young talents in fiction. McBride tells NPR's Scott Simon that...

The relationship between the U.S. and China these days is fraught with political tensions. But both countries are committed to sending more of their young people to study language and culture in each other's countries — and a component of that is sending more U.S. minority students to China. That's both to provide more students of color with the opportunity to study overseas, and to create a student body abroad that is more representative of U.S. diversity. According to China's education...

The Week In Sports

Sep 17, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: And we go now to sports. A certain long-cursed baseball franchise clinched their division title this week. And now the tough part begins. And the Paralympics are poised for a successful end to some great games. NPR's sports correspondent, Tom Goldman, joins us. Hi there, Tom. TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hi, Scott. SIMON: Let's sweep out all the romance, sentimentality and legend about the Cubs. And there's not much left....

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A Talk With Trump's Feng Shui Expert

Sep 17, 2016

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Donald Trump once had a feng shui master back in the mid-1990s when he was building the Trump International Hotel and Tower just off Central Park. Mr. Trump consulted with Pun-Yin who is an expert in the Chinese practice of trying to harmonize with one's surroundings. Master Pun-Yin, as she's called, joins us now in our studios. Thanks so much for being with us. PUN-YIN: Oh, you're welcome, my honor. SIMON: When...

After Sept. 11, 2001, there was a spike in hate crimes against Muslim Americans. Now, on the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks, Muslim leaders say Islamophobia is cresting once again. A string of recent murders in New York City has left the city's Muslim residents on edge. In the last month, three Bangladeshi immigrants wearing traditional Muslim dress were killed on the streets of Queens. One of them was the imam at Al-Furqan Jame Masjid, a modest storefront mosque in a working-class...

'Tough Guy' Farmers Stand Up To Italian Mafia — And Win

Sep 10, 2016

Imagine a tough guy who stands up to organized crime, and you probably think of a steely cop or a crusading prosecutor. But in the Calabria region of southern Italy, the tough guys who have neutralized the local mafia are not the sort you would expect. Daniele Pacicca rides a tractor through his olive grove outside the town of Stilo, where he makes organic olive oil. His 1,200 trees are his livelihood. One morning this summer, he was shocked to find 13 of them had been hacked to the ground. ...

Robert Glasper is always making music. Solo or with his quartet, the Robert Glasper Experiment, he's released 9 albums and collaborated with everyone from Herbie Hancock to Kendrick Lamar, investigating the sounds and rhythms of jazz and hip-hop in equal measure, The Robert Glasper Experiment includes Casey Benjamin on sax, Derrick Hodge on bass, and Mark Colenburg on drums — with occasional cameos on record from Glasper's young song Riley. Their new album is ArtScience , out next week, and...

Marijuana Pays For Schools In Colorado — Kind Of — But How Will It Help Maine?

Sep 10, 2016

Voters in Maine and a handful of other states are deciding whether to legalize recreational marijuana this November. One thing that could swing the vote is the possibility of millions of dollars in tax revenue from retail marijuana sales. Colorado was the first state in the country to roll out a tax scheme for legal marijuana in 2013, after recreational marijuana was legalized in 2012. So how are voters in Colorado spending the cash, and what should Maine voters expect? Maine, like a lot of...

Copyright 2016 Colorado Public Radio. To see more, visit Colorado Public Radio . SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Rick Young won't return to teaching this fall after 25 years of being at the same high school in Colorado. In fact, every year, the teaching profession loses about 20 percent of the teachers who are experienced but not quite old enough to retire, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. From Colorado Public Radio, Jenny Brundin has more. JENNY BRUNDIN, BYLINE: Rick Young has...

The StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. This week we hear from Jenna Henderson whose husband died while serving in Afghanistan. Sgt. First Class Chris Henderson joined the Army right out of high school in 1991. He served in Bosnia and Kosovo before deploying to Afghanistan in 2007 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. On that tour, he was killed by an IED, when he was just 35 years old.

He...

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Sometimes in history, gems are hidden in the questions not asked. For 48 years, Tommie Smith has talked about the night he stood on the podium at the 1968 Summer Olympics, fist thrust skyward. He had won the 200-meter sprint at the Mexico City Games, while his U.S. teammate John Carlos had taken bronze. As the national anthem played, the two African-American athletes each raised a clenched fist, covered with a black glove, as a statement against racial discrimination and for human rights. The...

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We can't print the full name of LOLO's new album, In Loving Memory of When I Gave a S*** . But the woman born Lauren Pritchard wants you to know that she does still care –- about some things. "The meaning of the title is, I grew up in a really small town in Tennessee, and it's sort of the buckle of the Bible Belt," she says. "And I always tried to be a good, sweet little Southern girl, but I wasn't. I wasted a lot of energy trying to be what other people wanted me to be, and I can't be anyone...

Please, have a seat; it's time to talk about chairs. Thomas Jefferson collected chairs. Pee Wee Herman named his ' Chairy .' Archie Bunker's beloved wingback is now at The National Museum of American History. And when the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey sat on a swivel chair for the first time, she was in for a surprise . In the new book Now I Sit Me Down architect Witold Rybczynski traces the history of chairs. Take a close look at what you're sitting on, he says, and you'll learn about...

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