Host NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday Author of current bestseller Unforgettable & other books. Special Contributor CBS Sunday Morning. Husband, father, Cub fan.

Remembering Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson — The District Attorney in Brooklyn Kenneth Thompson died on Sunday at the age of 50. NPR's Scott Simon remembers his work fighting wrongful convictions.

A Nobel In Literature For Bob Dylan, Whose Words Transcend Form — Enlarge this image Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this week. His selection was surprising. He is the first artist to receive the award for a body of work that is almost entirely songs.

Trump Caught On Tape Making Lewd Remarks About Women In 2005 — Audio of Donald Trump using crude language about women has surfaced. He was chatting on a hot mic before an interview with Billy Bush in 2005, who was then working for Access Hollywood.

Remembering A Few Of The People Behind Overdose Numbers In Ohio — Enlarge this image There is an ominous milestone to mark in the heart of America. The Medical Examiner of Cuyahoga County, Ohio says 52 people were killed there last month because they overdosed on opioid painkillers, including heroin.

An Act Of Kindness, From One Immigrant To Another — Enlarge this image Jo Du was being helped into her gorgeous white wedding dress this week when a tooth on the zipper broke. It was Sunday in Guelph, Ontario, and no tailor shop was open. Jo Du didn't want to walk down the aisle to marry Earl Lee with pins in the back of her dress.

For Students In Tulsa, Pain Frames Conversation About Crutcher — Enlarge this image Rebecca Lee teaches at KIPP Tulsa College Prep, where a daughter of Terence Crutcher is in the 6th grade. Terence Crutcher is the 40-year-old man, a father of 4, shot to death by Tulsa police on September 16 after he halted his vehicle in the middle of a road.

Now Play Nice, Children — Enlarge this image There was no moderator of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. There was a timekeeper, usually some respected town elder in Alton, Freeport or Galesburg, Ill., who would keep track of how long a candidate could speak, then say something like, "Thank you, Mr. Lincoln. Your turn now, Sen.

'What Is Aleppo?' There's No Easy Answer — Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, was chagrined and embarrassed this week after he asked, "What is Aleppo?" in reply to a question on MSNBC. Mr. Johnson made no excuses and said later he simply "blanked" - his word - when asked what he would do about the besieged Syrian city in which hundreds of thousands of civilians are trapped, many starving and defenseless against artillery, bombs and alleged chemical weapons.

'What Is Aleppo?' There's No Easy Answer — Enlarge this image Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate for president, was chagrined and embarrassed this week after he asked, "What is Aleppo?" in reply to a question on MSNBC.

Who's A Good Girl? Your Dog, Who Understands More Than You Might Think — There are enormous implications in a report this week from a team of Hungarian scientists who say that dogs can understand words. Not just the tone in which we may tell them, "Aww, good boy! Good little girl!"
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Oct 20, 2016

I'd say Theo Epstein should run for president if he didn't already have a job so vital to the national interest. @Cubs

Oct 20, 2016

“The sea, the snotgreen sea..." Disgusting! Stopped reading. I wasn't impressed w/ this Joyce lady. #TrumpBookReport

Oct 20, 2016

Thanks so much for yr kind words about Unforgettable, Sharmin. We are very grateful. So glad to be read in the UK, too.

Oct 20, 2016

@LennyKleinfeld @nypost @PageSix @Mohris Darn, Lenny, I was hoping to keep that secret. Air that dirty laundry if you must!

Oct 20, 2016

Well, I've finally made it onto Page Six of the @nypost w/out embarrassing my family  via @pagesix

Oct 20, 2016

Because I'm Chicago & @Cubs fan, I'm happy for Cleveland & @Indians today, too. Cleveland our 2nd home town. Great people.

Oct 20, 2016

In last night's 10-2 victory, @cubs players @ARizzo44 @Addison_Russell & rest of the lineup were really #GoodHombres.

Oct 20, 2016

I just heard Pete Rose speak of players who "swang the bat" tonight. I will find it hard to get this phrase out of my mind.

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