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NPR Columns: Simon Says Podcast

Summary: 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.

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 A Premature Obituary Can Be A Sweet — If Strange — Gift | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:06

Obituaries tend to smooth over the failures in a long life. So, says NPR's Scott Simon, it might be nice to write one for a loved one while he or she is still alive to appreciate it.

 Helmets Aren't Always Enough To Keep Players Safe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2:46

Cricketer Phillip Hughes was wearing a helmet this week when a ball struck and killed him. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if some safety measures also encourage people to take on more risk.

 In A Way, Gandhi Also Won 2014's Nobel Peace Prize | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

In a week when two Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Mahatma Gandhi's life. Though Gandhi never won the prize, 2014's winners carry on his legacy.

 A Stranger On A Train, A Phone Call, A Man's Life Transformed | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Announcing a layoff over the phone is bad etiquette, but it's the stuff of a great short story. When NPR's Scott Simon overheard such a moment, he couldn't help but try to fill in the gaps.

 Banned Books Remind Us Of The Power Of The Written Word | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Pick up a banned book. Look for the scenes and language that once made people blush. Do those sections still have the power to make you gasp?

 A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

David Candow, known around NPR as "The Host Whisperer," has died. He was a great teacher, not only instructing us about the craft of radio news but reminding why the craft is important.

 Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

With the airlines packing more people into planes, "recliner rage" is on the rise. Is it a problem of entitled passengers, or just too many of us squeezed into small spaces?

 Syrian Artists Denied Visas, And A Voice In The U.S. | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

U.S. performances of Syria: The Trojan Women are postponed, but NPR's Scott Simon says when art stops at the border, American audiences are the ones who miss out.

 The Risks And Rewards Of Reporting In A War Zone | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

James Foley's murder by the Islamic State raises questions about the risks journalists take to report from conflict zones. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the mixed motives and rewards of the job.

 Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

Audiences treasured his tremendous comic energy. But, says NPR's Scott Simon, Williams' death this week reminds us that depression can affect anyone.

 M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

The Republican lawmaker from Virginia who died this week was not afraid to go against his party, or reach across the aisle, to stand against corruption.

 Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:00

NPR's Scott Simon reflects on as it celebrates its 20th birthday this month, examining the ways in which we're courted online to buy just about everything.

 In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:14

In 2003, NPR's Scott Simon and Peter Breslow were in Iraq. Back then, the city of Tikrit had just been liberated by U.S. troops. Today, Islamic hardliners are once again in charge.

 On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:03

Seventy years ago, U.S. assault troops landed on Omaha Beach during the invasion of Normandy, deciding the course of history. What might be different today if they had been turned back?

 Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3:03

David Abbott brought his signature brand of crisp, catchy copy-writing to ads for The Economist magazine and Volvo. Abbott passed away this month at age 75.


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