Scott Simon http://kgou.org en Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase' http://kgou.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 34192 at http://kgou.org Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining http://kgou.org/post/happy-birthday-amazon-and-its-data-mining Amazon is now 20 years old!<p>In 1994, Jeff Bezos walked out of the Wall Street hedge fund where he worked after they declined to invest in his idea, and began to sell books out of his garage.<p>Today, Amazon is a retail and entertainment empire, selling books and shoes, computers, overcoats, band saws, sofa beds, kimchi, canned beans, artwork, wine, grills, generators, drones, kitty litter, pool filter pumps and garden gnomes, etc., etc., and more.<p>Type in "kitchen sink"- you'll find dozens.<p>Bezos chose the name Amazon, incidentally, because it begins with an A, to pop up to the top of al Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Scott Simon 34173 at http://kgou.org Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://kgou.org/post/man-beneath-blue-room 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 13:17:00 +0000 Scott Simon 31807 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 30886 at http://kgou.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://kgou.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 30877 at http://kgou.org Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line http://kgou.org/post/adman-was-king-one-liners-knew-where-draw-line George Orwell once referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."<p>But there was some swill for which David Abbott would not rattle a stick. The British adman died this month at the age of 75. He was one of the founders of the agency Abbott Mead Vickers in London, and was considered a singularly good copywriter. Sat, 31 May 2014 12:29:00 +0000 Scott Simon 30413 at http://kgou.org Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://kgou.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 30403 at http://kgou.org He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport http://kgou.org/post/he-gave-his-life-nation-and-his-name-airport There's a man whose name is part of millions of lives, but many of us don't know his story. This Memorial Day weekend may be a good time to hear about him.<p>Butch was the son of a lawyer who worked for Al Capone. The father wound up testifying against the legendary gangster in a 1931 tax evasion trial that sent Capone to prison.<p>Butch was in military school, and won an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Sat, 24 May 2014 12:18:00 +0000 Scott Simon 29969 at http://kgou.org He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words http://kgou.org/post/school-lunch-denied-prompts-powerful-action-world-words If someone is outraged these days, they often blog about it, or post a tweet in righteous indignation. Parents urge children to use their words, and in the news business, we certainly believe in the power of words and information.<p>But you may wonder these days if some people confuse posting with taking action. Sat, 17 May 2014 09:39:00 +0000 Scott Simon 29435 at http://kgou.org The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics http://kgou.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 28972 at http://kgou.org