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)

  • Puerto Rico Update: How One NGO Is Helping The Island Rebuild After Hurricane Maria
    <p>Michael Fernandez, executive director of CARAS, a nonprofit based in Puerto Rico, speaks with NPR's Scott Simon from the island, where he's aiding in the disaster recovery efforts.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553152889' />
  • Above The Ballet, Where The Tutus Are Made
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/09/22/ballerina_wide-dc9ded2dcfe9bb0901b099e5384a519ad2ac0953.jpg?s=600' alt='New York City Ballet Director of Costumes Marc Happel and Draper Kellie Sheehan conduct a costume fitting with soloist Indiana Woodward for Justin Peck's Pulcinella Variations, with costumes designed by Tsumori Chisato.'/><p>Every year, the New York City Ballet asks top fashion designers to outfit its dancers for its Fall Gala. Good thing the capacity of its 18-person costume department is "the highest you can get."</p><p>(Image credit: Erin Baiano/Courtesy of New York City Ballet)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=552732724' />
  • Amid Hacking Concerns, States Switching Back To Paper Ballots
    <p>Russia's attempt to disrupt the 2016 election has election officials in states that use electronic-only voting machines considering returning to paper ballots.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=551604558' />
  • A Suicide Reverberates In 'The Ninth Hour'
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Alice McDermott about her new novel, <em>The Ninth Hour</em>. It starts with a suicide and then reveals how the kindness of faithful strangers can steer people's lives.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115121' />
  • Saturday Sports: CTE, Aaron Hernandez And The NFL
    <p>We discuss NFL quarterbacks, the latest on Aaron Hernandez, and the possibility that France, Germany and Austria could withdraw from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea over security concerns.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115114' />
  • Bill Gates Regrets Ctrl-Alt-Delete
    <p>Bill Gates said this week that he wished that you didn't have to press control-alt-delete to force a frozen computer to quit, or reboot Windows software.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115107' />
  • Trump Rallies In Alabama For Luther Strange
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist John Archibald of Alabama Media Group about the GOP primary for Alabama's open Senate seat. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115100' />
  • Deportation As An Election Issue In Germany
    <p>A top campaign issue in Germany's election is the deportation of migrants who are considered dangerous or who don't qualify for asylum. Germany's broken deportation system will make that difficult.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115093' />
  • Democratic Sen. Carper On Health Care
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with Delaware Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat, about his opposition to the latest proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115086' />
  • Movies We Missed: 'Titanic'
    <p><em>Weekend Edition</em> Oliver Dearden had never seen <em>Titanic</em>. In our latest installment of Movies You Missed, he watched it and reviews it for NPR's Scott Simon.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=553115079' />

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