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 Surge In Meth Use In Colorado Complicates Opioid Recovery
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/07/12/meth-spike-treatment-center-daley-photo_wide-ca188f332fb42acdd7c9dc05ee2c7b833fd0f448.jpg?s=600' alt='Counselor Melissa McConnell and patient Sara Florence look at a computer screen at the Denver Recovery Group, a treatment center.'/><p>Last year, 280 Coloradans who died of a drug overdose had methamphetamine in the mix. That's up sharply from 2016 and more than five times the number in 2012.</p><p>(Image credit: John Daley/Colorado Public Radio)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628134831' />
  • Government Charges 12 Russian Officers With Election Attack
    <p>The Justice Department has charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with conspiring against the U.S. by hacking in order to interfere with the 2016 election.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058498' />
  • Russia — And Grandma — Defy Expectations In 'A Terrible Country'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/07/13/2018-07-13-gessen-sclark-02_wide-682b36620531b47482827ebb2b6f062cfeacfbb2.jpg?s=600' alt='A Terrible Country by Keith Gessen'/><p>When Andrei Kaplan returns to Moscow to care for his grandmother, he hopes to write an article based on her Soviet-era stories. But things don't go according to plan in this new novel by Keith Gessen.</p><p>(Image credit: Samantha Clark/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=628809669' />
  • Afghan Saffron Coming To U.S. Stores
    <p>NPR's Renee Montagne asks Keith Alaniz and Emily Miller about the spice company they founded with a group of veterans who served in Afghanistan.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058606' />
  • Saturday Sports: Wimbledon, World Cup
    <p>Serena Williams is at Wimbledon today. NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about that and the World Cup.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058599' />
  • Tariffs Hit Maine's Lobster Industry
    <p>Dealers ship millions of dollars' worth of live Maine lobster to China but much of that business may be headed to Canadian lobstermen after hefty new tariffs.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058592' />
  • Latest On Family Reunifications
    <p>NPR's Renee Montagne speaks with Caitlin Dickerson of <em>The New York Times</em> about the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as the courts mandate immigrant families be reunited.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058585' />
  • Advocates Work To Reunite Migrant Families
    <p>The legal coordinator at a migrant shelter in El Paso, Texas, is one of many across the country working with U.S. government officials to reunite parents and children separated at the border.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058578' />
  • A Brexit Backer On EU Negotiations
    <p>British Prime Minister Theresa May is proposing trade concessions to the European Union despite calls from members of Parliament like Kate Hoey to take a harder line. Hoey talks with Renee Montagne.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058564' />
  • Weekend Politics: Trump And Putin, NATO, U.K.
    <p>Despite a rocky meeting with NATO allies and news of indictments alleging a hacking campaign by Russian intelligence, President Trump appears confident ahead of his meeting with Vladimir Putin.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=629058557' />