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)

  • Himesh Patel On The Beatles And 'Yesterday'
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Himesh Patel, who stars in the new movie <em>Yesterday</em>, which imagines a world in which no one knows The Beatles, except one man.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005865' />
  • Chanelle Benz On 'The Gone Dead'
    <p>Chanelle Benz's new novel is a story that swells with Mississippi swelter, blood oaths, old grudges, conspiracy theories and everlasting mysteries. Scott Simon talks with her about the book.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005858' />
  • How White Politicians Can Talk About Race
    <p>Joe Biden's reaction to criticism of once working with segregationists highlights the complicated politics of race. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Robin DiAngelo, author of <em>White Fragility.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005851' />
  • Democrats Campaign At South Carolina Fish Fry
    <p>Democratic presidential candidates attended a major event last night for South Carolina Democrats, a fish fry held by Rep. Jim Clyburn. He's defended Joe Biden's recent comments about segregationists.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005844' />
  • ICE Plans Large-Scale Raids
    <p>Acting ICE Director Mark Morgan defended his plan to arrest and deport thousands of migrant families in an interview with NPR.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005837' />
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger On Iran
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger about President Trump calling for and then canceling military strikes against Iran.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005830' />
  • Saturday Sports: NBA Draft, Wimbledon
    <p>Even though the NBA is in its off-season, the draft this week drew a lot of attention. Plus, Wimbledon is coming up! Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005823' />
  • 3x3 Basketball World Cup
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kareem Maddox, who is competing in the 3x3 World Cup in Amsterdam. The relatively recent competitive sport is also now set to debut at the 2020 Olympics.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005816' />
  • Oberlin College President On Bakery Case
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar about the $44 million libel verdict against the college. The jury said Oberlin defamed a local bakery.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735005809' />
  • 'Stonewall' Opera Marks Uprising's 50th Anniversary
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/21/nyco-stonewall_wide-5ac01bbf58d3acca0f063919433d42152db64e21.png?s=600' alt='Jordan Weatherston Pitts (center) sings the role of Renata, the drag queen, with the company of New York City Opera's Stonewall.'/><p>New York City Opera has commissioned <em>Stonewall, </em>a new opera premiering one week before the 50th anniversary of the riots that sparked the modern gay-rights movement. </p><p>(Image credit: Sarah Shatz/Courtesy of New York City Opera)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=734788572' />