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Encyclopedia Man

Host Scott Simon talks with A.J. Jacobs, a senior editor at Esquire magazine. Mr. Jacobs is attempting to read the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica. He plans to try out for Jeopardy and to challenge a Nobel laureate to a game of Trivial Pursuit. If he makes it to Z, Mr. Jacobs plans to write a book about his encyclopedic adventures.

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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.