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)

  • State Budget Cuts Hit Universities
    <p>Missouri is among dozens of states considering budget cuts, and state universities are likely victims since higher education often ends up on the budgetary chopping block.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517237139' />
  • Remembering Frank Delaney's 'Irish Gift Of Gab'
    <p>Scott Simon remembers Irish writer, broadcaster and critic Frank Delaney, who died this week at age 74.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181444' />
  • Saturday Sports: Possible Changes In Baseball
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about possible rule changes for Major League Baseball that are designed to make games shorter.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181435' />
  • Benefits In Jeopardy For Retired Coal Miners
    <p>Without federal intervention, retired coal miners could lose their health care and pensions at the end of April. That would devastate the miners, and their communities.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181428' />
  • Explaining The Sizzling Sound Of Meteors
    <p>Scientists recently published a paper explaining why some meteors create strange sounds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with researcher Bill Sweatt about what creates this "sizzling" sound.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181421' />
  • Michigan Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence On The Tight Race For DNC Chair
    <p>Michigan Democrat Rep. Brenda Lawrence has endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison in the race for DNC chair. She discusses the race ahead of Saturday's vote.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181414' />
  • Swedish Council Member Proposes Paid Breaks For Sex
    <p>Councilman Per-Eric Muskos of Overtornea, Sweden, introduced a proposal to let municipal employees take a paid break each week to go home and have sex.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181395' />
  • Author Lionel Shriver On Cultural Appropriation And The 'Sensitivity Police'
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Lionel Shriver about her outspoken views on cultural appropriation and what she feels is oversensitivity of the left.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181378' />
  • Curtis McMurtry's New Album Can Make You Feel Like You're Eavesdropping
    <p>His grandfather was author Larry McMurtry, his father is songwriter James McMurtry. So it's no surprise Curtis McMurtry's songs are full of vivid characters. His new album is <em>The Hornet's Nest</em>.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181369' />
  • 'Harmless Like You' Is A Story Of How Hurts Are Inherited
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Rowan Hisayo Buchanan about her debut novel, <em>Harmless Like You</em>, a story of how we inherit pain from our parents, and inevitably pass it to our descendants.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=517181362' />

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