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)

  • Amid Societal Shifts, What Will New Mormon Leader Appointments Mean?
    <p>The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will announce three new top leaders. Scholar Matthew Bowman discusses what the change could mean at a time when social issues challenge the faith.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445474572">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Nine Aid Workers Killed In Airstrikes On Kunduz Hospital
    <p>As the Afghan government struggles to retake Kunduz from the Taliban, suspected U.S. airstrikes have hit a Médecins Sans Frontières facility in the city. NPR's Philip Reeves provides an update.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445490350">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Making A Pop Album In The Wake Of A Brush With Death
    <p>"Our boat was on fire," says Greek singer Monika of the 2012 accident that changed her life.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=444779722">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • For D.C. Second-Graders, It's All About The Bikes
    <p>To the three Rs, the schools in the nation's capital have added a fourth: Riding. Bicycles, that is.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=443108414">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • As Circles Of Grief Grow Wider In South LA, The Supports Grow Stronger
    <p>On the streets of South Los Angeles, where gang shootings have surged, losing a child can be a mother's greatest fear. Now, some mothers whose kids have been killed are trying to make a difference.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=441142538">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Big Themes, Tiny Frames: An Art Show Writ Small
    <p>This weekend, The Mini Show opens at The Lodge, an emerging gallery on a gritty street in Los Angeles. It'll feature teeny, tiny paintings.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445490385">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • An American Pigskin In London: Jets, Dolphins Head To U.K.
    <p>The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins play in London Sunday. Andrea Kremer of HBO's <em>Real Sports</em> and the NFL Network says that despite logistical challenges, it could mean big profits for the NFL.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445490378">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Panhandler Or Performer? New York City Considers Taxing Time Square Buskers
    <p>New York mayor Bill DeBlasio wants the Times Square "desnudas" — topless women who paint their bodies and pose for photos for tips — and other street performers to pay taxes on what they earn.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445490371">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Obama On Guns: 'Our Inaction Is A Political Decision'
    <p>This week the president lamented how routine mass shootings have become and expressed frustration at the lack of political action on gun violence. NPR's Scott Simon and Ron Elving talk about the week.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445490364">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • As Roseburg, Ore., Mourns, A Look At Shooting's Victims
    <p>The victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting ranged in age from 18 to 67.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445490357">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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