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Encyclopedia Man

NPR's Scott Simon talks once again with Esquire magazine editor A.J. Jacobs, who is reading the Encyclopaedia Britannica in an effort to become the world's smartest person. He's up to the letter "H" and has discovered that the single-best way to become a subject of the immense reference work is to be beheaded.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.