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)

  • After A Mass Shooting, Families Feel 'A Pain That Will Never Go Away'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/11/18/69456_141439945902743_2292134_n_wide-5ccbde3f2fe10636865a76f306d305c50f110071.jpg?s=600' alt='From left, sisters Sue, Mary and Jane in 2009. Jane says Mary's death at Sandy Hook is "a weight you kind of drag around in your life."'/><p>After the vigils and the reporters move on to the next mass shooting, the families are left to deal with the grief. "I feel like it never ends," says Jane Dougherty, who lost her sister at Sandy Hook.</p><p>(Image credit: Courtesy of Jane Dougherty)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025355' />
  • As Native Americans Face Job Discrimination, A Tribe Works To Employ Its Own
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/11/17/diane-kelly-npr-by-dylan-johnson-3_wide-4b531c54a806513fe8f66f2eb8c0cedc3133d17f.jpg?s=600' alt='A third of Native Americans say they have experienced discrimination in the work place when seeking jobs, getting promotions and earning equal pay, according to a new poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard TH Chan school of public health.'/><p>About a third of Native Americans say they have experienced discrimination in the workplace when seeking jobs, or when getting promotions or earning equal pay, according to a new poll by NPR </p><p>(Image credit: Dylan Johnson for NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=564807229' />
  • 'The Longevity Economy': What Does It Mean To Be Old?
    <p>A new book called <em>The Longevity Economy</em> argues businesses are failing to design things that older consumers want to buy because they're relying on outmoded ideas about what it means to be old.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025419' />
  • Saturday Sports: Boston Celtics
    <p>Howard Bryant of <em>ESPN The Magazine</em> talks with Scott Simon about the Boston Celtics' winning streak and how this Thanksgiving, a certain NFL team's controversial name might draw some extra attention.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025412' />
  • The Nonhuman Rights Project Advocates For Zoo Animals
    <p>Scott Simon talks with Steven Wise of the Nonhuman Rights Project, a legal advocacy group for animals. They're arguing in Connecticut Superior Court that three zoo elephants are legal persons. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025405' />
  • Trump Franchise Hotel To Open In Small Mississippi Town
    <p>The Trump Organization is unveiling a new line of four-star hotels. The first one is due to open soon in a tiny Mississippi Delta town.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025398' />
  • What Is Poppy?
    <p>Poppy is an Internet phenom, known for her strange YouTube videos and her Japan-inspired bubblegum pop. She and her director Titanic Sinclair talk with Scott Simon about who, or what, Poppy is.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025384' />
  • The Texas Coast, After Harvey
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Mayor Jimmy Kendrick of Fulton, Texas, about the recovery efforts in his small coastal town after being devastated by Hurricane Harvey more than two months ago.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025377' />
  • Reckoning With Sexual Harassment
    <p>Rebecca Traister of <em>New York Magazine</em> talks with Scott Simon about this post-Weinstein moment, in which many of us are considering how we've been complicit in, and affected by, sexual harassment.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025370' />
  • Thousands Call For Mugabe's Ouster In Zimbabwe
    <p>Thousands gathered today in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital, to demand the departure of President Robert Mugabe. NPR's Scott Simon talks with freelance journalist Jeffrey Barbee for the latest.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=565025363' />


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