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)

  • 30 Years Of 'Heavy Metal Parking Lot,' The Classic 'Cult Classic' Film
    <p>Shot outside an arena in suburban Maryland hosting a Judas Priest and Dokken double bill, the short documentary captured something vital about its moment in music history.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498827998' />
  • Iraqi Forces Met With New ISIS Tactics Means A Longer, Fatal Fight For Mosul
    <p>In the first week of an Iraqi offensive to retake Mosul, the effort is slow and fraught with danger. While officials say the operation is on track, citizens who've witnessed the casualties disagree.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954204' />
  • Graceful Losers Triumph, In Spite Of Defeat
    <p>One way or another, someone's going to lose on election night. And there's a graceful way to concede defeat, as Adlai Stevenson showed in 1952, and Al Gore did in the disputed 2000 election.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498891804' />
  • As Military Moving Costs Rise, It's Difficult For Officials To Keep Track
    <p>The military spends $4.3 billion a year to move troops from one assignment to another, but the Pentagon doesn't keep very good data on how it spends that money and why.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498398032' />
  • Anne Carson's Poetry Collection 'Float' In Unconventional Medium To Suit The Message
    <p>Anne Carson's book of poems come in a clear plastic box where they 'float,' which is also the title of her new collection. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the poet about her work.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954281' />
  • As Baseball Teams Close In On Championship, History Overshadows Cleveland And Chicago
    <p>Will the Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers to advance to the World Series? Will the Cleveland Indians bring home the city's second championship this year? Scott Simon talks with ESPN's Howard Bryant.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954274' />
  • Clinton Strategy: Is It Worth Reaching For Traditionally Republican States?
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Bill Burton, former National Press Secretary for the Obama '08 Presidential Campaign, about whether Hillary Clinton should pursue votes in these states to build on her lead.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954267' />
  • MetLife Splits With Snoopy And The Peanuts Gang To Adapt To Current Insurance Market
    <p>Metlife is firing Snoopy. The insurance company is saying goodbye to Snoopy and the Peanuts characters as its mascots, ending a three decade relationship.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954260' />
  • Voice Actors Strike Against Video Game Companies
    <p>The strike of the SAG-AFTRA union went into effect Friday after failed negotiations between the union's voice actors and video game employers, particularly over compensation and secrecy.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954253' />
  • Election 2016: The Consequences Of Early Voting
    <p>Early voting is underway in 37 states and the District of Columbia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to James Huffman, Dean Emeritus at the Lewis and Clark Law School, about the downsides of early voting.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498954246' />

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