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)

  • Opinion: The Doctor And The Boy In The Bubble
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/10/12/gettyimages-515575698_wide-8da859f420f79941ecca66f4cd804c69d8a457ce.jpg?s=600' alt='David Vetter plays in the enclosed plastic environment in which he must live to survive.'/><p>In his essay this week, NPR's Scott Simon remembers William T. Shearer, who died this week at the age of 81. He was the doctor of "The Boy In The Bubble."</p><p>(Image credit: Bettmann/Bettmann Archive)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657080482' />
  • Mad Magazine Changes Tone With Four-Page Comic Strip On School Shootings
    <p>Mad is known for its humor and satire. Its latest issue, though, took on a more poignant commentary about school shootings. NPR's Scott Simon talks to executive editor Bill Morrison about it.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109564' />
  • The Week In Sports: MLB Playoffs, Team USA Could Win A Spot In Women's World Cup
    <p>It's down to the Astros, the Brewers, the Dodgers and the Red Sox for the World Series. In soccer, the U.S. women play Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF, and a win means an automatic berth.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109557' />
  • 2 Kansas Races Show Broader GOP Divide Over Immigration
    <p>One candidate has embraced President Trump's get-tough approach. The other has rejected the administration's tactics and rhetoric.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109550' />
  • Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet On Their New Film, 'Beautiful Boy'
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks with actors Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, who star in a movie based on the true story of a family struggling with a son's addiction to crystal meth.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109543' />
  • Georgia Puts 53,000 Voter Applications On Hold Weeks Before Election
    <p>Civil rights groups are suing the secretary of state, who is also the Republican candidate for governor, after tens of thousands of voter applications were held up. Most are from African-Americans.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109536' />
  • Michael Recovery: Apalachicola, Fla., Begins To Rebuild
    <p>The Florida Panhandle is coping with historic damage to homes and businesses after Hurricane Michael struck.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109529' />
  • Trump Expected To Welcome Andrew Brunson, Pastor Who Was Held Captive In Turkey
    <p>Turkish authorities arrested the American pastor after the failed coup in 2016. President Trump made the cause a key issue in his administration's dealings with Turkey.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109522' />
  • Trump's Ohio Rally: President Revs Up Rhetoric As Midterms Approach
    <p>President Trump's rally came after nearly a week of good news, including Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court and the release of U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson from Turkish custody.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109515' />
  • Tim Kaine On Disappearance Of Jamal Khashoggi And Saudi Arabia
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., member of the Foreign Relations Committee, about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and what it could mean for U.S.-Saudi relations.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657109508' />