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)

  • A Father's Cruel Mission To Create 'The Only Girl In The World'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/08/71cjembn5bl_wide-26b2fefca0847650c3500a26367bd3c273d609a5.jpg?s=600' alt='The Only Girl in the World, by Maude Julien'/><p>Maude Julien's new memoir chronicles her extraordinary — and awful — childhood with fanatical parents determined to turn her into the ultimate survivor through deprivation, violence and endless tests.</p><p>(Image credit: )</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569241086' />
  • In A New Novel, The 'Lost Prayers' Of A Gay Teen Bullied To Death
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/12/08/_mg_9884_wide-6f4aa90cbc99985349a285ec22c4db36d2760415.jpg?s=600' alt='cover art of The Lost Prayers Of Ricky Graves'/><p>James Han Mattson's debut book, inspired by the real-life suicide of an outed young man, treats the Internet as both lifeline and paper trail of a tormented, small-town adolescence.</p><p>(Image credit: Jennifer Kerrigan/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569283151' />
  • Crowdfunding For French Castles
    <p>You too can own a French chateau, in part, anyway. Romain Delaume, CEO of Dartagnans, tells NPR's Scott Simon about a crowdfunding effort underway to preserve La Mothe-Chandeniers.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569601041' />
  • Movies You Missed: 'It's A Wonderful Life'
    <p>For the latest installment of our Movies You Missed series, two first-time viewers of <em>It's a Wonderful Life</em> admit wondering for a long time why it's regarded as a Christmas movie.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569601034' />
  • Remembering John B. Anderson
    <p>Rep. John B. Anderson, Illinois congressman, died Sunday at the age of 95. The Midwest Republican disliked big government and supported the Equal Rights Amendment.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569601024' />
  • Opening The Hottest Fake Restaurant In Town
    <p>Vice U.K. writer Oobah Butler created a fake restaurant that became the hottest eatery in London on TripAdvisor. He tells NPR's Scott Simon about how he executed his prank.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569601017' />
  • Saturday Sports: Larry Nassar, Winter Olympics
    <p>Howard Bryant of ESPN and <em>ESPN The Magazine</em> joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk about the former doctor with the USA Gymnastics program sentenced for child pornography and Russia's Olympics ban.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569601007' />
  • Gaming The Tax Code
    <p>Experts predict the new rules in the proposed tax overhaul will lead to many complexities in the tax code. And that likely means new opportunities for tax lawyers to find ways to game the system.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569601000' />
  • Trump Rallies For Roy Moore Ahead Of Tuesday's Election
    <p>John Archibald from <em>The Birmingham News</em> and al.com joins NPR's Scott Simon to preview Tuesday's special election in Alabama. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569600990' />
  • California Fires Update
    <p>Wildfires that are burning in across Southern California have killed at least one person.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=569600983' />


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