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Present at the Creation: Hopper's 'Nighthawks'

Edward Hopper's 1942 Nighthawks captures three customers seated at the counter of a brightly lit all-night diner, all seemingly lost in their own thoughts. NPR's Scott Simon presents the story behind one of the most famous paintings of the 20th century. His report is part of the Present at the Creation series on the origins of American cultural icons.

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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.