Scott Simon http://wesa.fm en Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase' http://wesa.fm/post/bel-kaufman-took-us-down-staircase <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Bel+Kaufman+Took+Us+%27Up+The+Down+Staircase%27&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5NjA1MTgyMDEzMzk3ODE2ODgwOGQyMQ004)"/></div><p>Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Bel Kaufman was a substitute teacher who bounced between public high schools in New York because her Ukrainian accent was considered a little thick. She liked to tell a story about a student who came in late. Welcome back, I said. What happened - did you rob a bank? Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 Scott Simon 33267 at http://wesa.fm N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://wesa.fm/post/nj-nets-devils-owner-gave-millions-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 30550 at http://wesa.fm South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://wesa.fm/post/south-korea-repaves-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 30162 at http://wesa.fm 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's http://wesa.fm/post/muse-painting-came-churchills-rescue-and-bushs 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 27074 at http://wesa.fm A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before http://wesa.fm/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 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Simon 26297 at http://wesa.fm A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://wesa.fm/post/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 24828 at http://wesa.fm Lincoln's 272 Words, A Model Of Brevity For Modern Times http://wesa.fm/post/lincolns-272-words-model-brevity-modern-times One-hundred-and-fifty years ago this month, President Abraham Lincoln uttered 272 words (which he did <em>not</em> write on the back of an envelope) that defined a nation and embodied eloquence when he spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pa.<p>It is difficult for those of us who write to say we need more words to tell a story when Lincoln did so much with just 272.<p>For decades, presidents and politicians have uttered words turned out by speech-writing teams. Sun, 03 Nov 2013 12:37:28 +0000 Scott Simon 19200 at http://wesa.fm Lincoln's 272 Words, A Model Of Brevity For Modern Times A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination http://wesa.fm/post/tough-smart-proud-town-meets-terror-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 15:52:00 +0000 Scott Simon 8186 at http://wesa.fm A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy http://wesa.fm/post/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 7402 at http://wesa.fm Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood http://wesa.fm/post/back-extinction-brooding-frog-or-thank-you-note 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 5144 at http://wesa.fm Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood