Scott Simon http://whqr.org en Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase' http://whqr.org/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 58680 at http://whqr.org N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://whqr.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 56175 at http://whqr.org South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://whqr.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 55809 at http://whqr.org The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics http://whqr.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 54695 at http://whqr.org 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's http://whqr.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 11:36:00 +0000 Scott Simon 52938 at http://whqr.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before http://whqr.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 52239 at http://whqr.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing http://whqr.org/post/unproductive-anxiety-and-solo-act-essay-writing <blockquote><p>"If you are squeamish<br />Don't prod the Sat, 08 Mar 2014 10:24:00 +0000 Scott Simon 51515 at http://whqr.org 'Unproductive Anxiety' And The Solo Act Of Essay Writing Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://whqr.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 50866 at http://whqr.org Digital Music, In The Truest Sense http://whqr.org/post/digital-music-truest-sense Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>And now, another take on jazz hands...<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FINGER SNAPS, SLAPS)<p>SIMON: It may sound like Savion Glover tapping, or some kind of tin pan Buddy Rich, but this is digital music in the true sense. You're hearing the fingers and hands of Darren Drouin snapping and slapping out a percussive freestyle in a YouTube video that he uploaded this week.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF FINGER SNAPS, SLAPS)<p>SIMON: In that video, Mr. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Scott Simon 45561 at http://whqr.org Judge: 'You're Still Deceased As Far As The Law Is Concerned' http://whqr.org/post/judge-youre-still-deceased-far-law-concerned Now and then there's a news story to remind us that few things are as simple as they may seem.<p>Donald Eugene Miller Jr. remained dead this week, even though he was feeling well enough to stand up in the Hancock County, Ohio, probate court and ask Judge Allan Davis to recognize what sounds pretty obvious: He's alive.<p>Mr. Miller, who is 61, disappeared from his home in Arcadia, Ohio, in 1986.<p>Authorities searched. They sent out alerts. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:36:00 +0000 Scott Simon 44511 at http://whqr.org Judge: 'You're Still Deceased As Far As The Law Is Concerned'