December 7, 2013 By the time he died, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few giants on the world stage. As NPR's Scott Simon remembers, Mandela was not alone in offering his life for freedom, so the acclaim justly heaped upon Mandela is also a credit to those who worked, served and led with him.
November 30, 2013 At least 30 Haitian migrants died this week when a packed sailboat capsized off the coast of the Bahamas. NPR's Scott Simon reminds us how some of the first Americans arrived on the continent, risking their lives to sail across rough seas.
November 23, 2013 As Americans mark 50 years since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Scott Simon reflects on Jacqueline Kennedy's role in the days that followed. Only 34, she had to comfort two small children and a wounded nation while the world watched.
November 2, 2013 The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation has asked presidents, poets and sailors aboard the USS Lincoln to write their own 272 words on the Gettysburg Address, or another subject of their choice. NPR's Scott Simon shares the piece he wrote for the exhibit commemorating 150 years since Lincoln's famous (and famously brief) speech.
October 26, 2013 The Pew Research Center released a report this week that found online dating has become commonplace — 59 percent of all Internet users say they believe online dating is a sensible way to meet people. NPR's Scott Simon thinks the trend may have us changing the tune of our love songs.
October 19, 2013 Absolut, the Swedish vodka maker, is marketing a new spirit called Absolut Chicago. The vodka company describes its taste as "rich and aromatic with intriguing herbal notes of rosemary and thyme." But Scott Simon has his own suggested ingredients, from a kick of cold lake wind to a drop of the blues.
October 12, 2013 Donald Eugene Miller Jr. of Ohio is legally dead. But here's the thing: He's actually alive. Miller disappeared in 1986 and was declared dead in 1994. When he went in front of a judge this week to get his status clarified, Miller learned that declarations of death can only be rescinded within three years.
October 5, 2013 With the federal government in the midst of a shutdown, NPR's Scott Simon turns to Profiles In Courage by John F. Kennedy. As he pages through the chapters on politicians who did what they felt was right, in spite of party and constituent pressure, he wonders how similar defiance might play out these days.
September 21, 2013 Ernest Hemingway's son turned down an offer from the publication that dismissed his father's work in 1924. Patrick Hemingway calls today's Vanity Fair a "luxury thinker's magazine," so he went to Harper's instead. NPR's Scott Simon suspects Hemingway himself would have sold the story to the highest bidder.