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)

  • Can Placebos Work If You Know They're Placebos?
    <p>NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about "open label placebos" and whether placebos work even when patients know they're placebos. He wrote about his experience in <em>Smithsonian Magazine</em>.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188097' />
  • Saturday Sports: Serena Williams Is Pregnant
    <p>NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and <em>ESPN the Magazine</em> about tennis and Serena Williams' pregnancy.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188090' />
  • California Debates Bill To Stop Cooperation With Federal Immigration Enforcement
    <p>As California officials oppose the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, they wonder how far they can push. A legislator introduced a bill to not allow local authorities to work with ICE.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188083' />
  • Democrats Hope For A Win In Special Election In Montana
    <p>After tight races in Kansas and Georgia, Democrats are sensing an opportunity in next month's special election in Montana. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks Democratic strategist Geoff Garin about it.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188076' />
  • Buy A 3-Pack Of Wedding Rings, In Case You Lose One
    <p>Brighton Jones co-founded Enso rings — they're squishy, stretchy and colorful. His is one of many companies now making alternatives to metal wedding bands.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188069' />
  • The Possibility Of Russia Meddling In France's Election
    <p>Ahead of Sunday's presidential vote in France, NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks French political analyst Nicholas Tenzer of the Center for Research and Political Decision about Russian meddling.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188062' />
  • Rep. Dan Donovan On The New GOP Health Care Overhaul Effort
    <p>House Republicans failed to coalesce around a health care overhaul in March. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks Rep. Dan Donovan, R-N.Y., if the party's conservative and moderate wings can compromise.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188055' />
  • Author Alison MacLeod Tries To Find Humor In Terrorism
    <p>In her new book of short stories, Alison MacLeod spins biography, news stories and family history into surreal fiction. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly asks her about <em>All the Beloved Ghosts</em>.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188048' />
  • The Lessons Of Commercial Flops On Display In Sweden's 'Museum Of Failure'
    <p>A new museum showcasing failed products like Crystal Pepsi is set to open in Sweden. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with the museum's curator, Samuel West, about the lessons in some notable flops.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525188041' />
  • At 75, A World War II Legend Gets A Full Makeover
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/04/21/ap_070125018435_cc_wide-01da8b6172a53c1d6fa3ea9da884ac6d86163ad3.jpg?s=600' alt='The crew of the Memphis Belle, a Flying Fortress B-17F, poses in front of their plane in 1943, in Asheville, N.C.'/><p>At the Air Force museum in Dayton, technicians and volunteers are working to restore a unique piece of history. The B-17 bomber Memphis Belle is being carefully returned to its wartime appearance.</p><p>(Image credit: AP)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=525106154' />

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