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)

  • New 'American Pastoral' Movie Is A '60s Tale Still Relevant Today
    <p>The new film <em>American Pastoral</em> tells the story of a father in 1960s New Jersey whose comfortable, suburban life falls apart after his daughter becomes radicalized, commits a crime and disappears.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=497864544' />
  • On Her Latest, Norah Jones Returns To Old Influences
    <p>Jones' new album,<em> Day Breaks</em>, includes a song inspired by "Compared to What," a jazz protest song from the late '60s, the lyrics of which she says are "still relevant so many years later."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=496855218' />
  • Latest In Sports: Cubs In MLB Playoffs, Colin Kaepernick To Start For 49ers
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon and Tom Goldman discuss the latest in baseball playoffs.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056678' />
  • John Slattery Gushes About His Role In Revived Broadway Classic 'Front Page'
    <p>John Slattery, best known for his role in Mad Men, plays Hildy Johnson in the new Broadway production of The Front Page. He tells NPR's Scott Simon "it's a fantastic part in a fantastic play."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056671' />
  • How To Deal With Sexual Harassment On The Job
    <p>When you encounter sexual harassment and offensive comments at work, what should you do? NPR's Scott Simon asks psychologist Gail Stern about how to respond when you you're in a difficult situation.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056664' />
  • Intense Flooding Causes Evacuation In South Carolina After Hurricane Matthew
    <p>South Carolina residents are facing flooding prompted by Hurricane Matthew's heavy rainfall in North Carolina last week. The floodwaters have causing widespread damage in riverside cities and towns.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056657' />
  • Remembering Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson
    <p>The District Attorney in Brooklyn Kenneth Thompson died on Sunday at the age of 50. NPR's Scott Simon remembers his work fighting wrongful convictions.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056636' />
  • 'Love For Sale': A History Of Pop Music That's As Personal As It Gets
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to music critic David Hajdu about his new book, "Love For Sale," in which he chronicles the 100-plus year history of American pop music.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056629' />
  • Ex-Public Radio Announcer Talks About His Shot At Being A Pro Basketball Player
    <p>Public radio announcer-turned-pro basketball player Kareem Maddox now has two games under his belt. NPR's Scott Simon checks in with him on his new life on the court in Poland.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056622' />
  • 'Worst President Ever': One Author Says This Title Goes To James Buchanan
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Robert Strauss about his new book, "Worst. President. Ever." Strauss looks at James Buchanan's time in office and argues he led the country to demise.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498056608' />

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