Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.

Shots - Health Blog
8:56 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Your Health Podcast: A Nutritious Plate And Foreign Accent Syndrome

A Washington man talking on his cellphone may be taking a health risk, according to an analysis from the World Health Organization that finds a possible risk of cancer from exposure to the devices.
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On this week's podcast, we have an intriguing tale of a woman who developed a rare condition called foreign accent syndrome that's usually caused by an injury to the part of the brain that controls speech.

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Simon Says
8:45 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Thomas Jefferson And The Cha Cha Slide

There's a meet-up planned at the Jefferson Memorial today. People are invited to bring their own music, listen to it on earbuds, and dance.

I'm not sure the meet-up began as a protest. It's become one now.

In May, an appeals court ruled that the U-S Park Police were right to arrest a woman named Mary Brooke Oberwetter for going to the Jefferson Memorial with a group of friends shortly before midnight on April 12, 2008, and silently dancing to salute Thomas Jefferson's 265th birthday.

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Sports
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

French Open Wins Turn Older Stars Back Into Heroes

Sometimes, there's nothing more exciting than a great athlete who is growing older, like the rest of us, yet rouses themselves to give one more great performance. Dirk Nowitzki and Roger Federer both upset their opponents this week with stellar wins. Host Scott Simon discusses the French Open, the NBA playoffs and Shaquille O'Neal's retirement announcement with NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca.

Music News
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Music Industry's Blessing Lifts Hopes For iCloud

On Monday, Apple will be the third big company to introduce a service that will let you access your music from a so-called cloud. Google and Amazon already have music services that make use of the cloud, but there's a difference.
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs will come back from medical leave to announce a new music service at the company's annual developers conference on Monday. The service will be called iCloud, and it's rumored to have been in the works for the last year. All indications are that, for the first time, the major record labels and music publishers have gotten behind a service that will let you access your entire iTunes collection from almost any Internet-connected device.

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Commentary
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Covering Kevorkian, From The First Suicides On

Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who assisted suicides, died Friday. NPR's Don Gonyea recalls the 10 years he spent covering Kevorkian, including his first interview with him in the hours after Kevorkian used his so-called suicide machine for the first time.

Digital Life
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

Social Media Pokes Around With IPOs

This week, the online coupon provider Groupon and music streaming site Pandora announced they would be going public. These announcements come after the successful initial public stock offering of the business social networking site LinkedIn two weeks ago. Host Scott Simon speaks with social media marketing expert Beverly Macy about what just may be a new wave of Internet companies entering the market.

Politics
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

From The Senate, A Democrat's View Of The Debt Ceiling

Though Republicans are driving the budget debate in the House, Democrats have the say in the Senate. Host Scott Simon talks with Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, about the debt ceiling standoff.

Politics
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

This Week In Politics: One Upstage After Another

It's been a busy week for all kind of politics. Mitt Romney announced he's running for the Republican presidential nomination, but Sarah Palin got the headlines by taking a family vacation, with news cameras in tow. Democrats got a few headlines too, between John Edwards' indictment and Congressman Anthony Weiner's wayward photo tweets. Host Scott Simon and NPR political editor Ken Rudin talk about this week's stories.

Politics
8:00 am
Sat June 4, 2011

A View Of Debt Ceiling From The House's Right Side

Rep. Bill Huizenga of Michigan attended the meeting between President Obama and House Republicans at the White House this week. Host Scott Simon speaks to Huizenga about the GOP's perspective on the debt ceiling negotiations.

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