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)

  • What's Iran Up To With Recent Rocket Launch Attempt?
    <p>Iran attempted to launch a rocket carrying a satellite into space. The Trump administration believes the launch was about developing long-range weapons, but analysts say the tech used is too clunky.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686886544' />
  • Analysts: Yellow Vest Protests Sent Macron Administration Into Death Spiral
    <p>The president promised to revolutionize France when he was elected in 2017, and his plans economic overhaul seemed on track even two months ago. But many experts say Macron is already finished.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686834588' />
  • Theft From Fuel Pipelines Is A Rampant, Deadly Problem In Mexico
    <p>Siphoning fuel off the pipelines powers some towns' entire economies, but has also led to major shortages and price hikes. Friday night it also sparked an explosion that killed dozens of people.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686835080' />
  • Rams-Saints, Patriots-Chiefs Will Set Super Bowl LIII
    <p>Scott Simon speaks with sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the NFL conference championship games on Sunday, and how concussions are limiting insurance options in the league.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686830531' />
  • Senate Finds Russian Bots, Bucks Helped Push Brexit Vote Through
    <p>A recent report on Russian influence operations overseas detailed large amounts of money and effort spent to influence the referendum. Scott Simon talks with The New Yorker's Jane Mayer.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686830510' />
  • Ex-Chicago Police Officer Sentenced To 17 Years For Laquan McDonald Murder
    <p>A day after three officers were acquitted of trying to cover up the killing, Jason Van Dyke was sent to prison for shooting the black teen 16 times. McDonald's family argues the punishment is light.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686830503' />
  • 'Never Seen Morale This Low': Correctional Officers Struggle Through Shutdown
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Justin Tarovisky, who works at a penitentiary in Hazelton, W.Va., about what it's been like to put in hours — including overtime and double shifts — without getting paid.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686830496' />
  • The White House And Congress React To The Explosive Cohen Allegations
    <p>President Trump's ex-lawyer has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow. Now, a Buzzfeed report says he told investigators that Trump asked for that lie.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686830489' />
  • 'Heartbeat Of Wounded Knee' Demystifies The Modern Native Experience
    <p>David Treuer's book is a wide-ranging account of Native American life, from the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre to now. He says that, contrary to popular perception, they're fully integrated in U.S. life.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686830482' />
  • In 'Holy Lands,' A Tale Of Family Drama And Pig Farming In Israel
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/01/18/holylands_wide-657d6ce618771424e4d9468532e0e690188d0774.jpg?s=600' alt='detail from cover of Holy Lands'/><p>The epistolary novel from author Amanda Sthers, newly available in English and now adapted into a feature film, is a story of reconciliation (and raising swine among Jews).</p><p>(Image credit: Bloomsbury Publishing)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=686658131' />