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.

Saturday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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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)

  • Water Logged: Firm Reclaims Timber Lost To Maine's Frigid Rivers
    <p>Before the nation had highways, loggers moved timber by floating it down rivers. But not all logs made it downstream to saw mills. In Maine, one company is giving the underwater timber new life.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407179446">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Senior ISIS Commander In Syria Killed By U.S. Troops
    <p>At President Obama's direction, U.S. forces based out of Iraq conducted a raid in eastern Syria. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Tom Bowman about the operation.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407217272">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Losing Faith: A Religious Leader On America's Disillusionment With Church
    <p>The Very Reverend Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, says a recent Pew poll shows most Americans still consider themselves religious — but that organized religion is losing credibility.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407073073">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Basketball Playoffs And Preakness: The Week In Sports
    <p>The field is narrowing in both the NBA and NHL playoffs, and it's time for the Preakness Stakes. Sports correspondent Tom Goldman joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about the week in sports.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407212497">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Nepali Times Editor: After Quakes, Nepalese Surprisingly Upbeat
    <p>Two earthquakes and numerous aftershocks have hit Nepal, killing thousands and leaving millions in need. Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times, tells NPR's Scott Simon about how people are coping.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407212189">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Egyptian Court Sentences Ousted President Morsi To Death
    <p>An Egyptian court has sentenced ousted President Mohammed Morsi to death. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the London Times correspondent in Cairo, Bel Trew.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407212176">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Amtrak Train May Have Been Struck By Object Before Crash
    <p>Federal investigators are still trying to work out how an Amtrak train derailed killing eight people on Tuesday evening. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with former Amtrak President David Hughes.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407212163">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Pressed For Time? Try Hiring A Body Double
    <p>A Mexican politician is trying to find a body double to attend ceremonial events in his stead. NPR's Scott Simon wonders if it might be a useful gimmick for American politicians, too.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407064713">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • In 'Rhythm,' Bhi Bhiman's Music Isn't Limited By National Borders
    <p>Bhi Bhiman had an all-American childhood, but his songs have an international character. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about his childhood, his politics, and his new album, <em>Rhythm and Reason.</em></p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407212524">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • American Ballet Theater Turns 75
    <p>Over the ABT's three-quarters of a century, the company has stuck to its mission of presenting classics like <em>Swan Lake</em> along with works of contemporary choreographers.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=407212517">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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