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)

  • An Outsider In Buenos Aires Goes Incognito, For Love Of Tango
    <p>Carolina de Robertis' new novel <em>God of Tango </em>centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It's Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=419484758">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • At Age 3 — Transitioning From Jack To Jackie
    <p>What would you do if your 3-year-old son told you assuredly that he wanted to be a girl? An Oakland, Calif., couple told their child it was OK, and sad, sad boy became a joyful little girl.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=419498242">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A Re-Opened Embassy In Havana Could Be A Boon For U.S. Businesses
    <p>When the U.S. re-opens its embassy in Havana, it will increase its staff. That should mean more help for American businesses hoping to gain a foothold on the Communist island.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=419958133">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Remembering 'Britain's Schindler'
    <p>Sir Nicholas Winton died Wednesday at age 106. He organized the escape of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia before WWII. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with an escapee, Alice Masters.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019870">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Strontium Nitrate And Barium Nitrate, The Fuel In Fireworks
    <p>How do they get the brilliant sparks of red, white and blue in fireworks displays? NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with Harry Gilliam, founder of Skylighter, a supplier for pyrotechnics in Round Hill, Va.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019863">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Williams Survives, Nadal Falls At Wimbledon
    <p>The world's tennis greats are facing off at Wimbledon. Howard Bryant of ESPN is there and tells NPR's Eric Westervelt what's been happening on the grass courts.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019856">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Paper Finds One-Quarter Of Those Killed By Police Are Mentally Ill
    <p><em>The Washington Post</em> has a new database tracking the mental health information of people shot by police in the line of duty. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks to reporter Kimberly Kindy.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019849">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • In Search Of The Perfect Summer Blockbuster Movie
    <p>The Fourth of July is not just about fireworks. It's also about going to the movies. NPR's Eric Westervelt speaks with Kofi Outlaw, editor at Screen Rant, about the movies out this weekend.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019824">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A Rock Band And A Moon, United In Name
    <p>Members of the classic rock band Styx visited NASA mission control for New Horizon, the space probe that discovered Pluto's smallest moon, Styx.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019817">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A Little Chiltomate Raises The Underappreciated Turkey Thigh
    <p>Elizabeth Wiley, chef-owner of two top Dayton, Ohio, restaurants, goes off-menu to cook beer-braised turkey thighs in her home kitchen.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420019798">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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