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Simon Kaufman


Simon Kaufman writes and produces for "Morning Rush." Before joining Newsy, he worked for the Big Ten Network and NBC Sports. He's a Colorado native, but that did not properly prepare him for Chicago's winters. When he's not in the newsroom, he's biking around the city in search of Chicago's best ice cream.

Recent Work
This combination of photos shows promotional art for Oscar nominees for best feature

Why do blockbuster movies cost so much to make?

Eilish GrayWoulfe covers a fence with graphics outside State Farm Stadium
Matt York / APSports

Why is the Super Bowl halftime show such a big deal?

x-ray of a foot
Scripps NewsScience and Health

Why do bones break?

Amazon Prime boxes are loaded on a cart for delivery in New York.
Mark Lennihan / APBusiness

How do Amazon packages get delivered so quickly?

Rachel Whalen looks at her phone at her home in Draper, Utah.
Rick Bowmer / APLife

Why are Americans spending more time alone?

A person types on a laptop keyboard
Elise Amendola / APU.S.

Why aren't keyboards in alphabetical order?

Paola Espinoza, right, dressed with a typical Mexican hat, waits with her teammates of the Mexican national team
Jens Meyer / APLife

Why do chefs wear those tall hats?

A functional prototype of the ASKA A5 VTOL flying car is on display during the CES tech show
John Locher / APBusiness

The history of our pursuit of a flying car

A Southwest Airlines plane flies low over Gravelly Point on approach to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport
Carolyn Kaster / APLife

Why do planes cruise at 36,000 feet?

Emoji keyboard on an iPhone
Scripps NewsTech

Where Did Emojis Come From?

A dreidel balloon in a parade
Tina Fineberg / APLife

Why Do We Play With Dreidels On Hanukkah?

Bill Leff, host of "Toon In with Me," and avid toy collector

Toy Heaven: Avid Collector Shows Off His 30,000-Piece Collection

Rabbanit Dasi Fruchter, of the South Philadelphia Shtiebel, lights a menorah during a public Hanukkah celebration
Ryan Collerd / APLife

Why Are There So Many Ways To Spell Hanukkah?

People carry shopping bags
Michael Dwyer / APLife

Why Do We Procrastinate Holiday Shopping?

A customer is handed Powerball tickets purchased at Lichine's Liquor & Deli in Sacramento.
Rich Pedroncelli / APLife

Why Does The Lottery Exist?

Charles Graves dressed as Santa Claus.
Michael J. Samaripa/ APLife

Why Is Santa Claus Dressed In Red?

Bottles of McArthur Dairy Eggnog, a Dean Foods brand, are displayed at a grocery store.
Wilfredo Lee / APLife

Why Do We Drink Eggnog?

Heavy snow falls as a man jogs on a pathway at Central Park in Burnaby, British Columbia
Darryl Dyck / APScience and Health

Why Do We Get Goosebumps?

A pet cat
Sergei Grits / APScience and Health

How Can Animals Detect How Humans Are Feeling?

The Hollywood sign.
Chris Pizzello / APEntertainment

Why Do We Have The Hollywood Sign?

Poland's Arkadiusz Milik, right, and Mexico's Carlos Rodriguez, battle for the ball during the World Cup
Aijaz Rahi / APSports

Why Is The World Cup Being Played In The Winter?

Concussion symptoms diagram
NewsyScience and Health

Why Are We Still Mishandling Concussions?

Cristiano Ronaldo runs during a Portugal soccer team training in Oeiras, outside Lisbon
Armando Franca / APSports

Why Do We Americans Call It Soccer?

Cans of Coca-Cola are on display at a grocery market in Uniontown, Pa.
Gene J. Puskar / APLife

Why Do We Use Different Words For Soft Drinks?

Washington Post headline

Why Are Political Ads Allowed To Run Misinformation?

The U.S. pledge of allegiance
Michael Woods / APU.S.

Why Do Students Pledge Allegiance To The U.S. Flag?

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former first lady Rosalynn Carter
John Bazemore / APPolitics

Why Is American Election Season So Long?

Queen Consort and King Charles III attend a reception to thank the community of Aberdeenshire
Andrew Milligan / APEntertainment

How Could The Monarchy Change Under King Charles III?

Axel Turcios

What's The Difference Between 'Hispanic' And 'Latino'?

Boom Supersonic.

Why Are Supersonic Jets Making A Comeback?