Simon Says



Simon Says is a podcast produced by award-winning broadcaster and journalist Scott Simon, featuring interviews with newsmakers and industry leaders. Topics will include general news, sports, journalism and media, business, economics and investing, and the law. Scott Simon has been honored with an RTDNA Edward R. Murrow award for Journalism Excellence, as well as top honors in Illinois for news and sports broadcasting. The goal of Simon Says is to inform, entertain and education, and do it with high value and integrity. We've seen too much bad behavior online and real life. Simon Says is a small but worthwhile effort to promote good behavior, which always overcomes bad behavior, with an end result that anyone can benefit the content produced for their listening pleasure.


  • EP 13: When Journalists Become the Story

    01/09/2018 Duration: 13min

    Journalists are becoming bigger than the stories they are assigned to report, but not in a good way. Their image is judged by viewers by how they act doing their jobs. Too many journalists want to become the story and not report the story.

  • EP 12: Bonus Content: Essential Oils Healing Power with Jay Kersting

    25/08/2018 Duration: 15min

    Essential oils have proven healing power and is an important wellness plan for many people. Jay Kersting and his wife Kathy are Wellness Consultants for DoTerra Essential Oils, and Jay will share his first-hand story how using essential oils not only had healing power for him, it was powerful enough to make him want to be an essential oils wellness advocate

  • EP 11: Vegas Travel Tips for Novices by Jay Kersting

    19/08/2018 Duration: 35min

    Jay Kersting, who was part of the announcement a few weeks ago debuting Simon Says, will be a regular contributor with tips for travelers choosing Las Vegas as a vacation destination. Simon Says starts this series for the novices - those who have never been to Las Vegas, or maybe just one short trip and didn't get to do everything Vegas has to offer. 

  • EP 10: Ferguson Four Years Later with St. Louis reporter Paul Brown

    09/08/2018 Duration: 24min

    August 9, 2018 is the four-year anniversary of the unrest and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in a struggle with then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Paul Brown grew up in Ferguson. He saw the rioting first-hand. Paul is a news writer and reporter, having worked in television, radio and newspaper journalism for 38 years and will share what life is like today in this now well-known but still controversial community.

  • EP 9: Ferguson Missouri Four Years Later with Resident Nick Kasoff

    09/08/2018 Duration: 26min

    August 9, 2018 is the four-year anniversary of the unrest and rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, after 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in a struggle with then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Darren Wilson. A tiny percentage knew anything about Ferguson, Missouri until that day. The whole world soon knew about this small St. Louis suburban city. Nick Kasoff is a Ferguson resident and businessman. He witnessed the rioting first-hand. Nick already was involved with Ferguson issues but was an activist when a new City Charter was written.

  • EP 8: Simon Says Preview: Ferguson Riot 4 Year Anniversary

    06/08/2018 Duration: 01min

    Simon Says will air two episodes on August 9, 2018, the four year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting by police, resulting in riots seen around the world

  • EP 7: Bonus Content about Tariffs with CNBC’s Rob Plaza

    04/08/2018 Duration: 30min

    CNBC contributor contributor Rob Plaza is back on Simon Says with bonus content about the recent tariffs President Donald Trump has ordered for many imports, particularly those from China and Canada.

  • EP 6: CNBC’s Rob Plaza talks about 4.1% GDP on Simon Says

    30/07/2018 Duration: 27min

    CNBC contributor Rob Plaza, who is the Senior Vice President at KeyBank in Cleveland and Director of Equity Research, was interviewed for Simon Says on July 27 when it was announced the quarterly GDP rocketed to 4.1 percent. Rob talks about companies that are generating good return for investors now and those we should be looking at investing with in the future.

  • EP 5: NPR’s Jay Pearce bonus content, Public Broadcast Funding

    27/07/2018 Duration: 34min

    NPR Board of Director member Jay Pearce address taxpayer funding of public broadcasting, and that non-broadcast ventures also are eligible for grants.

  • EP 4: Simon Says Q&A with NPR Director Jay Pearce

    24/07/2018 Duration: 35min

    Jay Pearce, a member of the NPR Board of Directors, will be a recurring guest on Simon Says regarding issues about Public Broadcasting, particularly National Public Radio. 

  • EP 3: NPR’s Jay Pearce to be Simon Says first featured guest

    23/07/2018 Duration: 03min

    NPR's Jay Pearce will be the first featured guest of Simon Says the week of July 22, to talk about broadcasting, journalism, and community involvement.

  • EP 2: Who is Simon Says?

    21/07/2018 Duration: 06min

    Who is Simon Says? Find out, and at the same time, learn who his first featured guest will be.

  • EP 1: The Simon Says Podcast Introduction

    15/07/2018 Duration: 18min

    Award-winning broadcaster and journalist Scott Simon introduces his new Simon Says Podcast. Friend and former radio colleague Jay Kersting joins him for the announcement which was originally published as a Facebook Live post, and the audio of that broadcast is republished here for the podcast debut

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