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)

  • In Syria, Chlorine Attacks Continue To Take A Toll
    <p>Activists say the Syrian regime continues to attack its people with chlorine gas — with little reaction from an international community once focused on preventing Syria's use of chemical weapons.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=425898852">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities
    <p>Almost 60 million Americans have a permanent disability, but the fashion industry hasn't tapped into that market. Activists and designers are trying to change that, a signature and a stitch at a time.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=425890021">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Size Matters: The Vocabularies Of Pop Musicians
    <p>A new study looks at the lyrics of the 93 bestselling music artists in recording history. Turns out rappers tend to have a wider vocabulary than others. Famous wordsmith Bob Dylan came in fifth.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145991">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Athletes Make News On Social Issues: The Week In Sports
    <p>The big question in sports this week has been: Will Zack Greinke pitch for the Dodgerson Saturday night? And the U.S. men's soccer team competes for third place in the Gold Cup.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145984">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Local Flavor: In N.Y., Packing The Produce Into Pleasing Paninis
    <p>Christine Miller owns Dahlia's Delights in White Sulphur Springs, N.Y. Locals and tourists alike line up for her paninis, hot off the press and filled with fresh produce from her garden out back.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145971">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Iconic Literary Road Trips, Mapped In Time For Summer
    <p>The website Atlas Obscura has mapped out a dozen famous road trips in American literature, from Mark Twain's stagecoach journey to F. Scott Fitzgerald's drive from Connecticut to Montgomery, Ala.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145964">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Tell Us About Your Summer Love
    <p>Have you ever had a summer love? We want to hear the details. Who was the lucky guy or gal? Where did you meet? Did it last? NPR's Scott Simon invites listeners to share their stories.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145924">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • An Unlikely Pair Form A Wily Duo In 'Crooked Heart'
    <p>An orphan boy becomes friends with the scheming woman who takes him in in Lissa Evans' new novel, <em>Crooked Heart. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her WWII-era novel.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145911">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Finding The Humor In Desparation In 'Samba'
    <p>In the new movie, <em>Samba,</em> Omar Sy plays a Senegalese immigrant living illegally in France. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Sy about his own background and his transition from comedy to drama.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426146004">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • The Week In Politics: Clinton's Emails, Trump's Dominance
    <p>Sixteen Republicans are running for president, but just one is getting attention. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton's emails are back in the spotlight. NPR's Scott Simon talks to politics editor Ron Elving.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426145945">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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