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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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Sat April 30, 2011

Two Young Best Friends Come Of Age In 'Zanesville'

In Zanesville is the new book by Jo Ann Beard. It is about being in the 9th grade in Zanesville, Illinois — about a girl whose dad drinks, whose mother is hanging by a thread; about the lives of two best friends in this middle-sized mid-American place. A place where crazy neighbors are treasured, because they are not like everybody else.

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Sat April 30, 2011
Fine Art

An Artist Imagines The White House As It Once Was

Originally published on Sat April 30, 2011 8:33 am

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Grover Cleveland, the only President to get married in the White House, married 21-year-old Frances Folsom, above, in the Blue Room in 1886. The blue furniture, as shown in Waddell's painting, Something Blue, is still in the White House collection. Click here to explore the painting.
White House Historical Association

The White House is a home, not a museum, so when presidents move in, they do what any new homeowner would do: they redecorate. Just like the rest of us, they paint, paper, change the furniture and carpets.

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Fri April 29, 2011
Music Interviews

Donnacha Dennehy: Crashing Through Cultures

Ireland has a strong tradition of folk music and poetry that's familiar to many Americans. But in the hands of Dublin-born composer Donnacha Dennehy, it's transformed into something completely different.

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Fri April 29, 2011
Garden Report

Honeybees Can Benefit Your Garden

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For a few years, I inherited a 40-year-old garden.  The most natural addition I made to the traditional, old-fashioned garden was introducing a hive of honeybees.  The bees thrived on the profusion of perennials that bloomed from spring until autumn frost.  The bees were also a good excuse not to spray dandelions, one of their favorite flowers.

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Sat April 23, 2011

Priceless Details Of The Royal Wedding

Just when you think you've heard about as much as you could possibly want about the royal wedding, our friend A.J. Jacobs comes along. Jacobs is Esquire Magazine's editor at large, and he joins host Scott Simon to share some little-known nuggets of royal wedding history.