Scott Simon http://wvasfm.org en Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://wvasfm.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 50132 at http://wvasfm.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://wvasfm.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 49361 at http://wvasfm.org Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line http://wvasfm.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 48999 at http://wvasfm.org Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://wvasfm.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 48991 at http://wvasfm.org He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport http://wvasfm.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 48612 at http://wvasfm.org He Gave His Life For The Nation And His Name To An Airport The Catchy Songs Of Eurovision Transcend Europe's Divided Politics http://wvasfm.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 47814 at http://wvasfm.org 'Muse Of Painting' Came To Churchill's Rescue — And Bush's http://wvasfm.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 11:42:00 +0000 Scott Simon 45860 at http://wvasfm.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before http://wvasfm.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 45092 at http://wvasfm.org A Tatar's Death Chills Those Who Suffered Under Russia Before Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country http://wvasfm.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 43541 at http://wvasfm.org Ukrainian Olympic Skier's Stand Is A Sacrifice For Her Country Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Medical Marijuana Clinic http://wvasfm.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 43533 at http://wvasfm.org