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Scott Simon
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A weekend morning news magazine covering hard news, a wide variety of news makers, and cultural stories. On Saturdays, Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are clever, informative exchanges, and fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon's interviews with key artists, authors, performers and personalities are always memorable.

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Space

A Stellar Explosion In The Big Dipper's Handle

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SCOTT SIMON, host: The Big Dipper has a shiny new sequin on its handle, it's a supernova, the magnificent last hurrah of a star. This weekend is a rare opportunity for amateurs to see a supernova from Earth. People all over the country will be able to catch a glimpse of the fireball from their backyards, as it reaches peak brightness over the next few nights.

Peter Nugent is an astronomer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, joins us from a studio there.

Dr. Nugent, thanks for being with us.

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Sports

Sports: Clemens' Trial, NFL, College Football

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SCOTT SIMON, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Time for sports.

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SIMON: And I love sports. Perjury charges, bar brawls, speeding. In fact, I'm working on a TV pilot.

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SIMON: Law and Order: Sports. NPR's Tom Goldman joins us.

Hi there, Tom.

TOM GOLDMAN: Hi, Scott.

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Sybil Ludington: Paul Revere In A Skirt?

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SCOTT SIMON, host: We've been motoring through the summer with our road trip Honey, Stop the Car. We're curious about those commemorative plaques and monuments in towns all over the country that honor local heroes or events. This morning - markers. Member station WSHU takes us to New York's Hudson River Valley and to a dramatic statue of a teenage girl from the Revolutionary War.

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Education

Sexual Orientation Added To Illinois College's Application

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SCOTT SIMON, host: College applications contain a multitude of boxes to check. Potential students may be asked to disclose their race or their religion. Now, a college in Illinois is adding another check-box, inviting applicants to disclose their sexual orientation.

Elmhurst College is thought to be the first in the country to do this. Applicants who answer yes could get a scholarship worth up to a third of their tuition.

We're joined now from studios of WBEZ in Chicago by Dean of Admissions at Elmhurst College.

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6:00am

Sat September 3, 2011
Around the Nation

Fortune Telling Machine Worth A Fortune

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SCOTT SIMON, host: An antique fortune-telling machine called Gypsy could be worth nearly two million dollars. Bet she couldn't have predicted that. Gypsy's an old arcade machine, owned by the state of Montana and she's thought to be one of a kind.

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SIMON: Her rarity is causing excitement in the world of antique collectors. John Papa collects and restores antique coin-operated machines and joins me from WAMC in Albany, New York.

Thanks very much for being with us.

JOHN PAPA: Oh, it's my pleasure.

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