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)

  • Sometimes We Feel More Comfortable Talking To A Robot
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/02/07/jenn-liv--therapist_wide-88d6d86d46621dfce2dbc5558cc69811bea0c49d.jpg?s=600' alt='Friendly robot'/><p>Artist Alexander Reben wants to know whether a robot could fulfill our deep need for companionship. He created a robot named BlabDroid that asks people to share their raw emotions and deep secrets.</p><p>(Image credit: Jenn Liv for NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=583682556' />
  • Churchill Nostalgia Takes A Hold In The U.K.
    <p>As the British government is divided over Brexit, and Prime Minister Theresa May is criticized for weak leadership, some British citizens are nostalgic for Winston Churchill's authority and vision.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500141' />
  • Saturday Sports: Curling, Snowboarding And Doping In Pyeongchang
    <p>We have an update on the biggest stories in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the past week.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500134' />
  • Colorado Lawmakers Debate Sexual Harassment And Guns In The Capitol
    <p>Tensions are high in the Colorado Capitol with gun violence, sexual harassment complaints and an election coming, so lawmakers are wary of a bill to allow visitors to bypass normal security screening.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500127' />
  • On Brock Turner And The Campaign To Recall The Judge In The Case
    <p>Stanford student Brock Turner's 2016 sexual assault conviction outraged many as too lenient, leading to a campaign to recall the judge. Retired judge LaDoris Cordell talks with NPR's Scott Simon.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500120' />
  • What Authorities Knew About The School Shooter
    <p>It's been a extraordinary week in Florida. Funerals, protest rallies, gun policy proposals and new details about what authorities knew about the gunman before the Parkland shooting. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500106' />
  • Week In Politics
    <p>This week in Washington we got a guilty plea from a former Trump campaign aide, questions about the security clearance of a White House staffer, and some new voices in the gun debate.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500099' />
  • A Vermont High School Has Just 3 Students
    <p>A tiny high school in a rural Vermont will close at the end of the school year. Scott Simon asks freshmen Nicholas Steeventon and Hap Ingramthere what it's like attending a school with three students.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500092' />
  • The Zoologist Barista
    <p>Caleb Bell dreams of someday hosting a TV show about animals. But for now, he works at a Starbucks in Chapel Hill, N.C., serving up animal facts alongside lattes.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500085' />
  • What's The Best Way To Verify Votes?
    <p>What's the best way to safeguard elections from hackers? Good old-fashioned paper ballots, says Marian Schneider, President of Verified Voting. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=588500078' />


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