Weekend Edition Saturday

Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories. The two-hour program is hosted by NPR's Peabody Award-winning Scott Simon. Drawing on his experience in covering 10 wars and stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Simon brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective to each show. He is as comfortable having a conversation with a major world leader as he is talking with a Hollywood celebrity or the guy next door. Weekend Edition Saturday has a unique and entertaining roster of other regular contributors. Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, talks about music. Daniel Pinkwater, one of the biggest names in children's literature, talks about and reads stories with Simon. Financial journalist Joe Nocera follows the economy. Howard Bryant of EPSN.com and NPR's Tom Goldman chime in on sports. Keith Devlin, of Stanford University, unravels the mystery of math, and Will Grozier, a London cabbie, talks about good books that have just been released, and what well-read people leave in the back of his taxi. Simon contributes his own award-winning essays, which are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant. Weekend Edition Saturday is heard on WUSF and other NPR Member stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world.
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Saturday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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Host:
Scott Simon

Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. 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.

Simon's weekly show, Weekend Edition Saturday, has been called by the Washington Post, "the most literate, witty, moving, and just plain interesting news show on any dial," and by Brett Martin of Time-Out New York "the most eclectic, intelligent two hours of broadcasting on the airwaves." He has won every major award in broadcasting, including the Peabody, the Emmy,... Read More...

From Weekend Edition (Saturday)

  • Barbra Streisand On Broadway, Hollywood — And Siri
    <p>Streisand's latest album is <em>Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway</em>, a collection of duets with film stars. NPR's Scott Simon caught her in a stolen moment between tour stops.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490683349' />
  • 'Googly-Eyed' Stubby Squid Captures Internet's Attention
    <p>Researchers from the Nautilus exploration vessel came upon the bright purple creature with giant eyes. It may look like a cartoon character, but it's real. It's also pretty tough, a researcher says.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490738084' />
  • 'Googly-Eyed' Stubby Squid Captures Internet's Attention
    <p>The crew of the exploration vehicle Nautilius came upon one ocean creature that tickled their respective fancy.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490738084' />
  • Charlene Kaye: 'It's Hard To Be What You Don't See'
    <p>The San Fermin singer, who has a new solo EP, says she wants to be a model for Asian-American girls who don't see themselves represented in rock music.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490649513' />
  • Amid Industry Downturn, Global Shipping Sees Record-Low Growth
    <p>The global shipping industry is suffering a huge downturn, thanks in part to China's sagging economy. "This is likely to be one of the worst years ever in terms of losses," says an industry expert.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490621376' />
  • After DNC Hack, Cybersecurity Experts Worry About Old Machines, Vote Tampering
    <p>Experts have long warned that America's patchwork of old and unsecured voting systems leaves votes vulnerable to tampering — and in ways that wouldn't have to involve a foreign attack.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490544887' />
  • In The Midst Of Future Calamity, A Different Kind Of Ark: The London Zoo
    <p>In Bill Broun's dystopian <em>Night of the Animals</em>, zoo-bound creatures ask the main character to let them out. "It's a kind of fulcrum between the old world and a kind of liberating cataclysm," he says.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490513406' />
  • In The Face Of A Bloodied Boy, A Call To Look More Deeply At Syria
    <p>Prompted by the image of a little boy in Aleppo whose face is caked with rubble and blood, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on the costs and effects of the war in Syria.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490682349' />
  • Major Budget Cuts, Poor Ticket Sales Will Force Downsizing For Paralympics
    <p>The International Paralympic Committee says there's not enough money to fund the games, which start next month. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with IPC spokesman Craig Spence about the financial crisis.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490738754' />
  • A Short Dive Through Summer History In The Adirondacks
    <p>There's a mountain lake with a wild shore and a log mansion built way back in the gilded age tucked away in New York's Adirondack Mountains.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490738789' />

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