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)

  • Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi Discusses End Of Special Counsel Investigation
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., about the end of the special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706207534' />
  • Rep. Ben Cline On The Mueller Report
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the Virginia Republican about the Russia investigation.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706161703' />
  • Sen. Chris Coons On The Mueller Report
    <p>The Delaware Democrat speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706161080' />
  • Opinion: How America's Pastime Became So Slow
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/03/22/ap_19078817211741_wide-df575798e709adbd2e762b54a5cf1d72cacf3fd7.jpg?s=600' alt='Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant, right, is hit by a pitch as Seattle Mariners catcher Austin Nola looks on at a spring training baseball game on Tuesday.'/><p>In his essay this week, NPR's Scott Simon writes about how an increased focus on analytics has slowed down the pace of baseball. </p><p>(Image credit: Elaine Thompson/AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706067052' />
  • U.S.-Backed Forces Declare Defeat Of ISIS 'Caliphate'
    <p>The U.S.-backed Syrian Defense Forces say they have defeated ISIS in the town of Baghouz, ISIS' last remaining territory.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706147761' />
  • Last U.S. Chemical Weapons Stockpile Set To Be Destroyed
    <p>In a move that marks the end of an era, destruction of the country's last chemical weapons stockpile starts this summer in Kentucky. It comes after years of debate over how to do it safely.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706143989' />
  • Ahead Of His 100th Birthday, A Reading Of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's 'I Am Waiting'
    <p>Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti turns 100 Sunday. NPR's Scott Simon reads his poem, "I Am Waiting."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706143979' />
  • Former Watergate Prosecutor On Mueller Report
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon asks former Watergate assistant prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks what answers she's expecting from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706143972' />
  • Saturday Sports: March Madness, Ichiro Suzuki
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the week in sports. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706143965' />
  • Miami Residents Go On Hunger Strike To Protest Gun Violence
    <p>In Miami's Liberty City neighborhood, a group of men have been holding a hunger strike to protest gun violence in their community.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=706143958' />