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)

  • A 12-Year-Old's Script Becomes Reality In 'City Girl'
    <p><em>Parenthood</em> star Sarah Ramos recently found a script for a romantic comedy that she wrote when she was 12 years old. She decided to turn it into a web series, called <em>City Girl</em>.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474720' />
  • Atoning For The Past In 'The Twelve Lives Of Samuel Hawley'
    <p>In Hannah Tinti's new novel, a daughter discovers her father's dark past by investigating the 12 bullet scars on his body. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tinti about <em>The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley</em>.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474713' />
  • Saturday Sports: A Potential Women's Hockey Boycott
    <p>Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about the upcoming women's hockey championship. The U.S. women's team says they may boycott the event over what they say is unequal treatment.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474706' />
  • When Valerie June Writes Music, It Begins With A Voice In Her Head
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/03/22/valeriejune_phase2_publicityphotos_credit_jacobblickenstaff_general1_wide-466f1180ec85e2dd8568c5b2f70627bbf80b9ac3.jpg?s=600' alt='"Sometimes when I do receive a song, I do feel like I'm going to the place where that song was originating from," Valerie June says.'/><p>The folk-blues singer describes her creative process as "receiving" a song. "It usually starts with one voice," she says, "And as soon as I hear one, then 500 more come in and surround it."</p><p>(Image credit: Jacob Blickenstaff /Courtesy of the artist)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521135413' />
  • Nationalist Polish Government Wants Changes To World War II Museum
    <p>A new World War II museum just opened in the Polish city of Gdansk. But the populist Polish government wants to take over the museum and reshape its exhibits to fit a narrower, more flattering view.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474699' />
  • British Police Conduct Searches, Death Toll Rises After London Attack
    <p>The latest on the attack in London this week that killed at least five people, including the attacker, and injured at least 50 people.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474692' />
  • How Do You Say 'Gorsuch'?
    <p>Partisan disagreements ran through this week's Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. One issue the members really struggled with was pronunciation of the nominee's name.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474685' />
  • Wrapping Up A Jam-Packed Political Week
    <p>Investigations into Russia and the election, hearings on Neil Gorsuch, and the defeat of the GOP health plan were the big political stories of the week.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474678' />
  • What's Ahead For Investigations Into The Trump Campaign And Russia
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Associated Press reporter Jeff Horwitz about the latest news stories linking members of the Trump campaign to the Russian government.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474671' />
  • 'After The Storm' Continues In Director Hirokazu Kore-eda's Tradition
    <p><em>After the Storm</em> is the latest from internationally revered Japanese writer/director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Like his last several films, it deals with a family going through death and divorce.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=521474664' />

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