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)

  • Sweater Selfies: Man Knits His Way Around The World
    <p>Sam Barsky thinks outside the postcard: He takes photos of himself posing in front of places he visits — wearing sweaters inspired by that same place. His eccentric works of art have gone viral.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807323' />
  • Through Organ Donation, One Woman's Death Gives Life To Others
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/01/13/gettyimages-102663162_wide-70ed52312639385b25a27b4556264092ed22ad16.jpg?s=600' alt='When Ashley Theriot died unexpectedly at the age of 32, her friend ask her family if they'd donate Theriot's kidney. They agreed, and now that kidney — and 7 more of her organs — have new lives.'/><p>When Ashley Theriot died unexpectedly at the age of 32, her friend asked her family if they'd donate Theriot's kidney. They agreed, and now that kidney — and seven more of her organs — have new lives.</p><p>(Image credit: Neil Webb/Ikon Images/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509730195' />
  • A Snowstorm Didn't Stop This LeBron James Fan From Catching The Game
    <p>NPR sports correspondent Tom Goldman's son Max really likes LeBron James, so Goldman got the two of them tickets to see the Cleveland Caveliers play. Then a snowstorm hit.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807316' />
  • Saturday Sports: Football Playoffs, The Australian Open
    <p>Scott Simon speaks with Howard Bryant of ESPN.com about what to pay attention to this week in sports. Here's one thing: the NFL playoff game in Dallas between the Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807307' />
  • Don't Take A Selfie With An Orangutan, Or You Might Get Slapped
    <p>Orangutans can be all nice and friendly until one slaps you in the face for trying to take a selfie. It happened on the Sekonyer River in the Borneo jungle and was posted on YouTube.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807282' />
  • A Mix Of Factors, Not Just Mexico, Cause Decline In U.S. Manufacturing
    <p>President-elect Trump has said American auto workers are losing their jobs because auto companies like General Motors are making cars in Mexico instead. GM says that it's about supply and demand.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807273' />
  • Ahead Of Inauguration Protests, Looking At The Transition 'From Protest To Power'
    <p>Many groups will be demonstrating around the inauguration. Columbia University professor Todd Gitlin tells Scott Simon that demonstrations are a good start, but true change takes long-term effort.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807266' />
  • Don's Johns To Go Anonymous At Inauguration
    <p>Many port-a-potties near the Capitol are having the company name "Don's Johns" taped over for the inauguration. A company executive told the AP that they didn't ask for the cover-up.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807259' />
  • Spider Silk Is Stronger Than Steel — And Now It Can Be Made In A Lab
    <p>Swedish scientist Dr. Anna Rising was among a team of researchers to discover how to synthesize artificial spider silk. She says they hope to use the strong silk in medical applications and textiles.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807212' />
  • What An Obamacare Repeal Would Mean For Rural Hospitals
    <p>Scott Simon speaks with Maggie Elehwany of the National Rural Health Association about a possible Obamacare repeal. She supports the law, but says the way it was implemented has hurt rural hospitals.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=509807198' />

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