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.
Tens of thousands of people have been gathering in the Belgian countryside over the last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo. The bloody battle of June 18, 1815, marked the final defeat for Napoleon at the hands of a coalition of his enemies. The re-enactment is attracting history buffs, tourists and wannabe soldiers.
The trick to looking for antlers in the wild — if you're going about it ethically — is to keep your eyes to the ground.
"You're trying to just find something that looks out of the ordinary," Rob Tanner says.
Tanner and his brother-in-law Troy Capps are hiking around juniper trees and bitterbrush in the high-desert terrain of central Oregon. They're looking for antlers that were shed by deer or elk, otherwise known as shed hunting.
"It's just an adrenaline rush," Tanner says. "It's like, 'Oh, you know, this could be the one.' "
Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 12:04 pm
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The first time I went inside Clinton Correctional Facility was more than a decade ago.
I was there to do a story about the architecture and history of this maximum security prison, built in the Adirondack Mountains in northern New York in the 1840s. It was a rare glimpse of a world and a culture few people ever see.
Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 11:50 am
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Every Tuesday night, Joan Cheever hits the streets of San Antonio to feed the homeless. In a decade, she's rarely missed a night. But on a recent, windy Tuesday, something new happens.
The police show up.
"He says we have to have a permit," Cheever says. "We have a permit. We are a licensed nonprofit food truck."
Cheever runs a nonprofit called the Chow Train. Her food truck is licensed by the city. On this night, she has loaded the back of a pickup with catering equipment and hot meals and driven to San Antonio's Maverick Park, near a noisy downtown highway.