Scott Simon http://www.kunc.org en Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams http://www.kunc.org/post/remembering-highs-and-lows-robin-williams Why can't some of the people who seem to bring the most joy into this world find it for themselves?<p>The death of Robin Williams, by his own hand, in his own home, possibly after he learned he was in the early stages of Parkinson's, caused a lot of people to ask that question this week.<p>President Obama said, "He arrived in our lives as an alien," referring to Williams' first star turn as Mork, from the planet Ork. But it also reminds us how Williams could see the world from the outside, as some extraordinary talents do. Sat, 16 Aug 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Scott Simon 59583 at http://www.kunc.org Remembering The Highs And Lows Of Robin Williams M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician http://www.kunc.org/post/m-caldwell-butler-true-bipartisan-politician M. Caldwell Butler died this week, at the age of 89, just a few days short of another anniversary of the event that etched his name into history.<p>Butler was a first-term representative from Virginia in 1974, serving on the House Judiciary Committee, which was spending a steamy summer under scorching TV lights to consider the impeachment of President Richard Nixon.<p>Butler was from a proud old Virginia family. He admired Chief Justice John Marshall, of whom he was a descendant, Robert E. Lee, and Richard M. Sat, 02 Aug 2014 12:24:02 +0000 Scott Simon 59251 at http://www.kunc.org M. Caldwell Butler, A True Bipartisan Politician Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining http://www.kunc.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 12:44:13 +0000 Scott Simon 59092 at http://www.kunc.org Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here http://www.kunc.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 12:11:00 +0000 Scott Simon 58937 at http://www.kunc.org In Writing, Nadine Gordimer Explored Why We're All Here Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://www.kunc.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 58047 at http://www.kunc.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story