Scott Simon http://nhpr.org en Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://nhpr.org/post/buried-picasso-man-beneath-blue-room-tells-story What's behind the man who is below <em>The Blue Room</em>?<p>This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting <em>The Blue Room </em>is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.<p>Experts have long suspected something more must be below, as there were brushstrokes that didn't match the composition of the nude, bluish woman. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:26:00 +0000 Scott Simon 50616 at http://nhpr.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been http://nhpr.org/post/70th-anniversary-d-day-look-what-could-have-been The men and women who brought down Adolph Hitler's war machine cannot defeat mortality. As the dwindling number of veterans who served during D-Day are saluted on the 70th anniversary, we might consider how different our lives might have been if those soldiers and sailors had been turned back from the beaches.<p>Stephen Ambrose, the American historian who founded the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, believed the Allies might have tried another invasion, when ocean tides allowed. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Scott Simon 49860 at http://nhpr.org On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://nhpr.org/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 49861 at http://nhpr.org South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://nhpr.org/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 49487 at http://nhpr.org The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics http://nhpr.org/post/catchy-songs-eurovision-transcend-europes-divided-politics Eurovision: Love it, hate it, or have no idea what we're talking about? With tensions high in Ukraine, Russian performers are facing the music at the kitschy singing contest. Sat, 10 May 2014 11:59:00 +0000 Scott Simon 48262 at http://nhpr.org 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's http://nhpr.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 11:52:00 +0000 Scott Simon 46244 at http://nhpr.org A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee http://nhpr.org/post/bill-distill-simmers-tennessee Would Tennessee whiskey by any other name taste as sweet?<p>A debate in Tennessee simmers over a legal definition of what makes Tennessee whiskey "Tennessee."<p>The state legislature passed a bill last year saying whiskey can be labeled "Tennessee" only if it's made in the state from a mash that's 51-percent corn, trickles through maple charcoal, and is aged in new, charred oak barrels.<p>There's some precedent in the spirits world. Sat, 29 Mar 2014 12:09:00 +0000 Scott Simon 45837 at http://nhpr.org A Bill To Distill Simmers In Tennessee Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country http://nhpr.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 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:58:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43990 at http://nhpr.org Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://nhpr.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 43985 at http://nhpr.org Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years http://nhpr.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 16:03:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43629 at http://nhpr.org Shirley Temple's Films Still Charm After All These Years Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home http://nhpr.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 15:47:00 +0000 Scott Simon 43244 at http://nhpr.org Forego The Faux Snow: The Games Could Use A Permanent Home Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl http://nhpr.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 14:52:00 +0000 Scott Simon 42837 at http://nhpr.org Opera Star Renee Fleming Brings Grace To The Super Bowl Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda? http://nhpr.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 15:10:00 +0000 Scott Simon 41661 at http://nhpr.org Rodman's Tour Of North Korea: Diplomacy Or Propaganda? Draining The Daring From A High School Production Of 'Rent' http://nhpr.org/post/draining-daring-high-school-production-rent Quite a show has been going on in Trumbull, Conn.<p>Last week, the principal of Trumbull High School canceled a student production of <em>Rent</em> scheduled for next March.<p><em>Rent</em> is Jonathan Larson's 1994 rock musical about a group of colorful young people living and loving in a colorful wreck of a brownstone on New York's Lower East Side, when struggling young artists could afford the rent there.<p>It is not <em>Mary Poppins</em>. Life is messy, tender and intense. A couple of characters have gotten mixed up with drugs. Sat, 14 Dec 2013 12:23:00 +0000 Scott Simon 40134 at http://nhpr.org Draining The Daring From A High School Production Of 'Rent' As We Memorialize Mandela, Remember Those Who Stood With Him http://nhpr.org/post/we-memorialize-mandela-remember-those-who-stood-him By the time he died this week, Nelson Mandela was considered one of the few — perhaps the only — giants on the world stage.<p>But the man who was prisoner 466/64 on Robben Island was a giant among heroes who offered their lives for freedom as valiantly as he did. In a way, the acclaim the world now heaps so justly on Nelson Mandela commemorates them, too.<p>There was Walter Sisulu, who first recruited Nelson Mandela to the African National Congress, and formed the ANC Youth League with him in 1944. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 11:12:00 +0000 Scott Simon 39733 at http://nhpr.org As We Memorialize Mandela, Remember Those Who Stood With Him