Scott Simon http://wshu.org en In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here http://wshu.org/post/writing-nadine-gordimer-explored-why-were-all-here "I am not a political person by nature," Nadine Gordimer once said. "I don't suppose, if I had lived elsewhere, my writing would have reflected politics."<p>Gordimer was born in South Africa in the early 1920s, into a society divided and identified by the crime of apartheid. Official racial segregation and suppression was wound into everyday life.<p>Her mother mostly kept her home from school, so Gordimer began to write for companionship. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 21:00:54 +0000 Scott Simon 20931 at http://wshu.org In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here Lots Of Fish In The Sea, But One Great White In NYC http://wshu.org/post/lots-fish-sea-one-great-white-nyc City kids often feel like fish out of water when it comes to fishing. As a city kid myself, I understand that there are those who find it great fun to rise before the sun to bloody their fingers with sharp hooks and spiky lures, then spend long hours trying to haul in fish, even though there are so many which are already cleaned, priced and lying dull-eyed on a bed of ice in a supermarket.<p>A couple of times, my grandfather took me smelt fishing along Chicago's lakefront; it seemed a grandfatherly thing to do. Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:34:45 +0000 Scott Simon 19818 at http://wshu.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://wshu.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 13:34:00 +0000 Scott Simon 19421 at http://wshu.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss http://wshu.org/post/tikrit-meet-new-boss-same-old-boss When fighters from ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, captured Tikrit this week, I thought of the time producer Peter Breslow and I visited that city as the war began in 2003.<p>Tikrit was Saddam Hussein's hometown, about two hours from Baghdad, and the place had prospered under his brutal rule. Saddam gave the best jobs to members of his al-Takarita tribe. Sat, 14 Jun 2014 19:01:01 +0000 Scott Simon 19067 at http://wshu.org In Tikrit, Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been http://wshu.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 18696 at http://wshu.org On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been