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Scott Simon

From civil wars in Bosnia and El Salvador, to hospital rooms, police stations, and America's backyards, National Public Radio's Peabody Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition

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Author Interviews
9:34 am
Sat October 18, 2014

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

Tito is a delightful young man. The world would call him disabled; he's had cerebral palsy since birth, the result of a bungled medical procedure at a hospital in Venice.

Tito was born to Anna and Diogo Mainardi, who is one of Brazil's best-known columnists as well as a novelist and screenwriter.

Tito is dauntless and spirited. He can walk 424 steps before he falls — but he always falls.

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Simon Says
6:42 am
Sat October 18, 2014

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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Sports
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

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Economy
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 10:01 am

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Asia
5:46 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 1:46 pm

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words. This story air originally on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 10, 2014.

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NPR Story
12:20 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

North Korean Leader, Out Of Sight For Weeks

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Politics
9:46 am
Sat October 11, 2014

A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform in Washington, D.C., in April. Kobach's challenger, Democrat Jean Schodorf, promises to stay closer to Kansas.
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Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 12:20 pm

If you saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach meeting with half a dozen supporters in an Kansas bar recently, you might think that he hadn't come all that far from his childhood in Topeka, where his dad owned a Buick dealership.

But this smiling, enthusiastic guy holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and he's a national stalwart of the anti-immigration movement.

"I have been involved in restoring the rule of law in immigration," he says. "That means trying to stop the lawlessness in the Obama administration, and that also means defending states like Arizona."

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Environment
7:59 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Millennials: We Help The Earth But Don't Call Us Environmentalists

Millennials seem to prioritize the environment, but may want to dissociate from the "treehugger" baggage of the term "environmentalist."
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Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 6:57 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Young people have been the life blood of the environmental movement for decades. There could be trouble on the horizon though, and it all comes down to semantics.

To explain, it's helpful to use the example of Lisa Curtis, a 26-year-old from Oakland, California.

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Author Interviews
5:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Actor Alan Cumming Is Not His 'Father's Son'

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 12:20 pm

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Sports
5:45 am
Sat October 11, 2014

Lots Of Baseball And A Little Soccer: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 12:20 pm

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