Scott Simon http://wqcs.org en 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's http://wqcs.org/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 11:42:00 +0000 Scott Simon 41774 at http://wqcs.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before http://wqcs.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 11:50:00 +0000 Scott Simon 41137 at http://wqcs.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://wqcs.org/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 39932 at http://wqcs.org A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination http://wqcs.org/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 26401 at http://wqcs.org A 'Tough, Smart, Proud Town' Meets Terror With Determination Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy http://wqcs.org/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 25769 at http://wqcs.org Roger Ebert: Elegance and Empathy Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood http://wqcs.org/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 25174 at http://wqcs.org Resurrected Frog Gives Us Cause To Brood Cheating Might Buy Home Runs, But No Hall Of Fame http://wqcs.org/post/cheating-might-buy-home-runs-no-hall-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 21974 at http://wqcs.org Good Intentions, Complicated Results http://wqcs.org/post/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 20626 at http://wqcs.org Good Intentions, Complicated Results Emergency Workers Heroes Even Before Sandy http://wqcs.org/post/halloween-heroes-wake-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 19150 at http://wqcs.org Emergency Workers Heroes Even Before Sandy Does Voting Early Prompt Hasty Choices? http://wqcs.org/post/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 17937 at http://wqcs.org Does Voting Early Prompt Hasty Choices?