Scott Simon en N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Scott Simon 44282 at South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Seoul, South Korea's making some changes to its urban landscape. The mayor's office says the women-friendly Seoul campaign will make the city more comfortable for women. They say a lot of urban design focused on men when they were the sole workers in a family and that's changed. So, they're installing pink painted parking spots reserved for women that are a bit wider and longer than the average spot and closer to elevators.<p>They also plan to resurface sidewalks in a squishy material to make walking easier for people who wear high heels. Sat, 31 May 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43963 at 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's Portraits of world leaders painted by former President George W. Bush go on exhibit in Dallas on Saturday. He took up the hobby after he read Winston Churchill's essay, "Painting as Pastime." Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:52:00 +0000 Scott Simon 41514 at A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before Amid all the of necessary analysis of what Russia's move into Crimea means geopolitically and strategically, it might also be good to remember Reshat Ametov.<p>Mr. Ametov was buried this week. He was 39 years old, married and the father of three young children.<p>He was last seen at a demonstration on March 3 in Simferopol, where he joined other Crimean Tatars held a silent protest before the pro-Russian armed men in unmarked uniforms who surrounded the cabinet ministers building.<p>Tatars make up more than 10 percent of Crimea's population. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Simon 40894 at A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic Girl Scout cookies are never that hard to sell, but this week, one 13-year-old San Franciscan may have outsmarted the competition altogether. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 13:03:00 +0000 Scott Simon 39722 at A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination People in Boston can speak for themselves. And do. Loudly, bluntly and often with humor that bites.<p>It's a city that speaks with both its own broad, homebrew, local accent — although no one really <em>pahks thea cah in Havahd Yahd</em> — and dialects from around the world. It is home to some of America's oldest founding families, and fathers, mothers and children who have just arrived from Jamaica, Ireland, Bangladesh and Ghana.<p>There are people in Boston who dress in pinstripes and tweeds, and tattoos and spiked hair. Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:08:00 +0000 Scott Simon 26837 at A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy Roger Ebert was a critic, not a blowtorch. He could be sharp if he thought a movie insulted the audience, but had a champ's disdain for a cheap shot.<p>Many critics ridiculed the film <em>Deep Throat</em> when it came out in 1973. Who couldn't mock its absurdities? Sat, 06 Apr 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Scott Simon 26274 at Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood The gastric brooding frog may be coming back. Does that give us a lot to brood about, too?<p>This week scientists at the University of New South Wales' Lazarus Project announced they have reproduced the genome — that bit of biological material that carries our genetic structure — of a gastric brooding frog.<p>The gastric brooder once lived in the rainforests of Queensland, Australia, and was declared extinct in 1983. It was not so named because it had the temperament of a Russell Crowe character, but because it gave birth through its mouth. Sat, 23 Mar 2013 12:13:00 +0000 Scott Simon 25738 at Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood Cheating Might Buy Home Runs, But No Hall Of Fame The Baseball Hall of Fame is a tourist attraction, not a papal conclave. And the people who cast votes for the Hall are sportswriters, not the College of Cardinals.<p>But there was something momentous this week when the Baseball Writers Association elected no one to the Hall of Fame. Not Roger Clemens, who won a record seven Cy Young Awards. Not Barry Bonds, who hit a record 762 home runs. Not Sammy Sosa, who hit 60 or more home runs in a season three times.<p>But those glorious stats were amassed under suspicion of what's now known as the "Steroid Era" in baseball and possibly all sports. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:29:00 +0000 Scott Simon 22929 at Good Intentions, Complicated Results When news organizations, including ours, told of New York Police Officer Lawrence DePrimo buying boots for a barefoot man on the streets of Times Square one cold night last month, it seemed an irresistible holiday story: A kindly cop in a hard city helps a bedraggled man walking with blistered feet over some of the richest streets in the world.<p>The nameless, shoeless man became the best-known street person in America — just long enough to be recognized walking along the Upper West Side, where a <em>New York Times</em> reporter found him.<p>The man's name is Jeffrey Hillman. Sat, 08 Dec 2012 11:54:00 +0000 Scott Simon 21715 at Good Intentions, Complicated Results Emergency Workers Heroes Even Before Sandy On Halloween night this week, millions of children tumbled into their neighborhoods dressed as Captain America, Spiderman, Batman, Bat Girl and Wonder Woman. But that night, true superheroes were at work in uniforms, not costumes.<p>They were firefighters, police officers, emergency workers and ordinary citizens in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and elsewhere who gave brave and extraordinary efforts to protect and rescue their families and neighbors. Sat, 03 Nov 2012 11:55:00 +0000 Scott Simon 20399 at Emergency Workers Heroes Even Before Sandy Does Voting Early Prompt Hasty Choices? Nov. 6 is 32 days away, but for millions of Americans, there is no longer an Election Day.<p>Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia now have early voting, which is under way even now in eight states. Sat, 06 Oct 2012 12:05:00 +0000 Scott Simon 19331 at Does Voting Early Prompt Hasty Choices? Jimmy Hoffa: Still Searching. Still Waiting. Police outside Detroit dug up a spot under a driveway yesterday and took some soil samples. No official findings have been announced.<p>An unidentified man recently told police he saw a guy bury something there in the summer of 1975 shortly after Jimmy Hoffa disappeared, and after he was supposed to have lunch with Tony Provenzano, a Teamster officer, and Tony Jack Giacalone, a Detroit mobster, at the Machus Red Fox restaurant.<p>"What happened to Jimmy Hoffa?" is one of the great persisting questions of the past generation. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 11:43:00 +0000 Scott Simon 19055 at Jimmy Hoffa: Still Searching. Still Waiting. If Politicians Went On Vacation, We'd All Get A Break If you toss a corn dog at a state or county fair this summer, you may bonk a politician.<p>Congress is in recess, but for politicians, it's not recess of the kind they have in grade school. Many pols, especially in a close election year, spend the summer shaking hands at meet-and-greets. They cock their heads to pay rapt attention during listening tours and community meetings, raise money, make speeches, hurl charges, countercharges and ask for votes.<p>Does that sound refreshing?<p>I wonder if voters and candidates might benefit if more politicians took real vacations. Sat, 18 Aug 2012 10:31:00 +0000 Scott Simon 17261 at If Politicians Went On Vacation, We'd All Get A Break Gang Violence Smolders On Hot Chicago Streets This has been a summer of blood, sweat and tears in Chicago. The city has been scorched by historic heat, and the homicide rate has soared. When the sun goes down behind the glimmering lakeshore skyline, blocks on the South and West Side of the city can ring with shots and sirens.<p>The streets of neighborhoods like Englewood, Grand Crossing and Garfield Park are empty, even during the day. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 10:21:00 +0000 Scott Simon 16247 at Gang Violence Smolders On Hot Chicago Streets 'A Chance To Start Over': Wounded Vets Ride Again A group of military veterans has been riding bikes this week in and around Washington, D.C. Sat, 21 Apr 2012 10:26:00 +0000 Scott Simon 11957 at 'A Chance To Start Over': Wounded Vets Ride Again Bounties Uncovered: Paying For Pain In The NFL Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>A National Football League investigation revealed yesterday that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty program. Players were paid bonuses off the books for putting game-ending hits on opposing players. The NFL says bounties were paid for the past three seasons, including 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Simon 9762 at At Gates Bar-B-Q, The Ultimate Flavor Lies in Burnt Ends How do you know you're in Kansas City, Missouri? Follow the smoke, and listen for this:<p>"Hi, may I help you?"<p>At the famed <a href="">Gates Bar-B-Q</a> in Kansas City, "May I help you?" is a kind of mantra.<p>It's how people standing in front of the barbecue pits greet all who walk in the door, while ribs, brisket, turkey, and for all I know, pillow stuffing sizzle, pop, and get saturated with smoke and the signature sauce of Ollie Gates, the barbecue master.<p>"We've been around a long time," Gates says. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:16:00 +0000 Scott Simon 9133 at At Gates Bar-B-Q, The Ultimate Flavor Lies in Burnt Ends Tom Wicker Dies, Top Reporter Covered JFK Assassination Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>As a young reporter, Tom Wicker covered a beaver dam for the Sandhill, North Carolina Citizen. He went on to travel the world as a White House reporter and columnist for the New York Times and was in Dallas on November 22nd, 48 years ago this week when John F. Kennedy was shot. It was in a world before cell phones and text messages.<p>Tom Wicker blinked back tears, scrawled notes on the back of White House press releases, and grabbed pay phones to dictate some of the vivid personal details of a historic tragedy. Sat, 26 Nov 2011 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Simon 5383 at Now Serving In Uniform, Teacher Seeks To Inspire Darryl St. George has served his country both in and out of uniform. He left his high school teaching job on Long Island in 2010 to become a U.S. Navy corpsman, a medic for the U.S. Marines.<p>"I loved teaching. It was a great job, but I felt like something was missing. I kind of — I felt compelled to serve," he told NPR's Tom Bowman in July.<p>At the time, he was at a dusty combat outpost in southern Afghanistan. St. Sat, 08 Oct 2011 11:53:00 +0000 Scott Simon 3243 at Now Serving In Uniform, Teacher Seeks To Inspire