Scott Simon http://www.kplu.org en Firefighters Face Danger Head On (Whomever They're Rescuing) http://www.kplu.org/post/firefighters-face-danger-head-whomever-theyre-rescuing Many of us on a workday fret about when we can break for lunch or what the traffic will be. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 17:32:17 +0000 Scott Simon 15710 at http://www.kplu.org Firefighters Face Danger Head On (Whomever They're Rescuing) A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before http://www.kplu.org/post/tatars-death-chills-those-who-suffered-under-russia 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 18:17:29 +0000 Scott Simon 15179 at http://www.kplu.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing http://www.kplu.org/post/unproductive-anxiety-and-solo-act-essay-writing <blockquote><p>"If you are squeamish<br />Don't prod the Sat, 08 Mar 2014 18:57:11 +0000 Scott Simon 14583 at http://www.kplu.org 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country http://www.kplu.org/post/ukrainian-olympic-skiers-stand-sacrifice-her-country Sports are supposed to be separate from politics, but athletes and games can't always be kept separate from life and death.<p>Scores of people were killed in Ukraine this week, as the security forces of President Viktor Yanukovich opened fire on anti-government protesters in Kiev's Maidan, now called Independence Square.<p>While some 800 miles away, more than 40 Ukrainian athletes have been skiing, skating, working hard to win medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.<p>The team, coaches and officials held a minute of silence on Thursday for those who died, and added black ribbons t Sun, 23 Feb 2014 03:52:45 +0000 Scott Simon 13993 at http://www.kplu.org Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years http://www.kplu.org/post/shirley-temples-films-still-charm-after-all-these-years Shirley Temple really could be as effervescent as a jolt of ginger ale and as cheery as a maraschino cherry in the kid's cocktail that is still ordered by her name. Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:45:51 +0000 Scott Simon 13685 at http://www.kplu.org Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home http://www.kplu.org/post/forego-faux-snow-games-could-use-permanent-home The Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are certifiably the most expensive and allegedly staggeringly corrupt.<p>Upwards of $50 billion has been spent to turn a place that's been best known as a Black Sea beach resort, where rich Russians could warm themselves under palm trees during long Moscow winters, into a winter sports capital with ski slopes and bobsled runs.<p>There happens to be a long-standing armed uprising going on nearby, so a steel ring of security has been clamped around an event that will still make some of us dewy-eyed to see peaceful competition among the world's great ath Sat, 08 Feb 2014 21:50:43 +0000 Scott Simon 13413 at http://www.kplu.org Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl http://www.kplu.org/post/opera-star-renee-fleming-brings-grace-super-bowl Who knows who'll win the Super Bowl tomorrow, but history will be made before the coin toss.<p>Renee Fleming will sing the national anthem at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 18:35:43 +0000 Scott Simon 13115 at http://www.kplu.org Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda? http://www.kplu.org/post/rodmans-tour-north-korea-diplomacy-or-propaganda There's been a publicity circus trailing Dennis Rodman to North Korea to present a big, bouncing birthday present of a basketball game to Kim Jong Un. But did you see the score of the game?<p>The U.S. team of former NBA players lost the first half, 47 to 39, before the sides were combined.<p>Well, if you play a team sponsored by a ruthless leader who recently had his own uncle iced, losing is probably the smart move.<p>I happen to like Dennis Rodman. I saw him up-close when he played for the Chicago Bulls, and he was one of the great re-bounders of all-time. Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:56:03 +0000 Scott Simon 12492 at http://www.kplu.org Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda? Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History http://www.kplu.org/post/billie-jean-king-travels-message-about-history When President Obama announced that the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics in Russia would include Billie Jean King, there was no need to explain who she is or the prestige she brings to her county. Billie Jean King won 39 Grand Slam tennis titles, defeated Bobby Riggs in the so-called Battle of the Sexes in 1973, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.<p>Lots of great players popularized tennis. But Billie Jean King helped turn Wimbledon and the U.S. Open into heavyweight championships. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:18:36 +0000 Scott Simon 11978 at http://www.kplu.org Billie Jean King Travels With A Message About History Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood http://www.kplu.org/post/resurrected-frog-gives-us-cause-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 19:00:11 +0000 Scott Simon 8124 at http://www.kplu.org Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood Sexiest Man Alive Gets 'The Onion' Taken Seriously http://www.kplu.org/post/sexiest-man-alive-gets-onion-taken-seriously If satire had an Olympics, <em>The Onion</em> might have won a gold medal this week. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 18:41:30 +0000 Scott Simon 7258 at http://www.kplu.org Sexiest Man Alive Gets 'The Onion' Taken Seriously WWII veteran fought to cast his last vote http://www.kplu.org/post/wwii-veteran-fought-cast-his-last-vote This is the time of a long election season when voters can begin to feel weary. You can't watch the World Series without seeing ads so scolding and snarling you may want to shoo away your children. The ads can make voting seem like a nasty chore.<p>When 93-year-old Frank Tanabe of Honolulu moved into the home of his daughter, Barbara, earlier this year, he had liver cancer and knew he was going to die. But his family said he was determined to hold on long enough to vote.<p>Frank Tanabe grew up in Washington state. He was 22 years old and a college man when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Sat, 27 Oct 2012 20:19:01 +0000 Scott Simon 6863 at http://www.kplu.org WWII veteran fought to cast his last vote The Emoticon Turns 30, Seems Happy About It :-) http://www.kplu.org/post/emoticon-turns-30-seems-happy-about-it The emoticon, punctuation to depict a facial expression, began 30 years ago this week. Using three keystrokes, the colon, dash and parenthesis, to suggest a smile may not be a great scientific advance, like the coronary stent or computer chip. But the emoticon has been simple, useful and enduring.<p>There had been previous hints of emoticons. Sat, 22 Sep 2012 17:02:57 +0000 Scott Simon 6424 at http://www.kplu.org The Emoticon Turns 30, Seems Happy About It :-) Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial http://www.kplu.org/post/actress-sues-imdb-its-internet-privacy-trial I hope it's not ungentlemanly to note that Junie Hoang is 40 years old. Her birth date appears in the Internet Movie Database, or IMDb, as does the fact that she has played a headless woman in <em>Domain of the Damned</em> and Ms. Fix-It in <em>Voodoo Dolly</em>.<p>She doesn't sound like a woman to cross.<p>Junie Hoang is going to court against IMDb, which is owned by Amazon, because it reveals her age in her entry. Sat, 10 Mar 2012 17:27:19 +0000 Scott Simon 4397 at http://www.kplu.org Actress Sues IMDB, But It's Internet Privacy On Trial Should the 'leap second' be abolished? Could you repeat that? http://www.kplu.org/post/should-leap-second-be-abolished-could-you-repeat Let me take a second here.<p>Not very long, was it?<p>But a second tied up delegates to the UN's International Telecommunication Union, who postponed a decision this week on whether to abolish the extra second that's added to clocks every few years to compensate for the earth's natural doddering.<p>The earth slows down slightly as we spin through space. No one falls off, but earthquakes and tides routinely slow the earth by a fraction of a fraction of a second, which makes clocks minutely wrong. Sat, 21 Jan 2012 18:07:44 +0000 Scott Simon 3856 at http://www.kplu.org Should the 'leap second' be abolished? Could you repeat that?