Scott Simon http://wrti.org en Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4 http://wrti.org/post/why-tchaikovskys-bells-and-cannons-sound-every-july-4 The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and on the big day, <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=90515326" target="_blank">Tchaikovsky</a>'s 1812 Overture will be heard from coast to coast, complete with fireworks and cannons. But how did a Russian composition, depicting the rout of Napoleon's Army, end up as the unofficial soundtrack for our most quintessentially American holiday?<p>NPR's Scott Simon spoke to two folks who know the answer. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 01:09:51 +0000 Scott Simon 6142 at http://wrti.org Why Tchaikovsky's Bells And Cannons Sound Every July 4 Bounties Uncovered: Paying For Pain In The NFL http://wrti.org/post/bounties-uncovered-paying-pain-nfl Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>A National Football League investigation revealed yesterday that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty program. Players were paid bonuses off the books for putting game-ending hits on opposing players. The NFL says bounties were paid for the past three seasons, including 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Scott Simon 1068 at http://wrti.org At Gates Bar-B-Q, The Ultimate Flavor Lies in Burnt Ends http://wrti.org/post/gates-bar-b-q-ultimate-flavor-lies-burnt-ends How do you know you're in Kansas City, Missouri? Follow the smoke, and listen for this:<p>"Hi, may I help you?"<p>At the famed <a href="http://www.gatesbbq.com/">Gates Bar-B-Q</a> in Kansas City, "May I help you?" is a kind of mantra.<p>It's how people standing in front of the barbecue pits greet all who walk in the door, while ribs, brisket, turkey, and for all I know, pillow stuffing sizzle, pop, and get saturated with smoke and the signature sauce of Ollie Gates, the barbecue master.<p>"We've been around a long time," Gates says. Sat, 18 Feb 2012 12:16:00 +0000 Scott Simon 558 at http://wrti.org At Gates Bar-B-Q, The Ultimate Flavor Lies in Burnt Ends