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)

  • Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts
    <p>The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409034804">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq
    <p>The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408987225">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • 'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco
    <p>Bikers claim that many who were arrested in the Waco, Texas, brawl last week were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But police say the bikers were "known criminal gang members."</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408926836">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • 'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race
    <p>In Nell Zink's new book, <em>Mislaid,</em> a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race, and sexuality.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996594">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place
    <p>Yet another English monarch might be buried underneath an English parking lot. Scott Simon has more.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996585">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • The Stories Behind The Symbols On Vets' Headstones
    <p>Government gravestones for veterans usually have an "emblem of belief." This can be a cross, a Jewish star or a Muslim star and crescent. It can also be a Wiccan pentacle or the hammer of Thor.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996572">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • NBA, NHL Finals Loom: The Week In Sports
    <p>The end is nigh! Howard Bryant tells Scott Simon which the matchups to look forward to in the Stanley Cup and NBA finals.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996563">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • At Daycare For The Elderly, 'They Have Everything'
    <p>As America grapples with how to care for an aging population, a growing industry aims to provide families a place to send their loved ones who need supervision and support — just for the day.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996556">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • El Salvador Arch Bishop Moves Closer To Sainthood
    <p>One of Latin America's most celebrated religious figures moves one step closer to sainthood Saturday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Carrie Kahn about the beatification of Oscar Romero.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996549">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Takata Air Bag Recall Could Take Years
    <p>The recall of Takata airbags this week was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Sonari Glinton about how and when companies announce a recall.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408996542">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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