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)

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke To Step Down
    <p>President Trump has tweeted that the interior secretary is stepping down at the end of the year. NPR's Scott Simon and Tamara Keith discuss the issue.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677073260' />
  • Livestock Industries' Wishlist: No Dead Animal, No 'Meat' On The Label
    <p>Plant-based meat alternatives are more meat-like than ever, and consumers are flocking to them. But having seen plant-based milks take a big share of that market, livestock producers want tight laws.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676966433' />
  • A Head-Spinning Week In The Mueller Probe Produces A Sentence And A Plea
    <p>President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, got three years in prison, and the publisher of the National Enquirer agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015720' />
  • At A Special Show, Three Deaf Musicians Want You To Hear Them Roar
    <p>Rapper Sean Forbes and percussionist Evelyn Glennie tell tell NPR's Scott Simon about their performance with the Detroit Philharmonic called "The Deaf And Loud Symphonic Experience."</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015825' />
  • Saturday Sports: Hard Chargers And Ravenous Raptors
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon discusses the week in sports with ESPN's Howard Bryant, including impressive wins by the NBA's Toronto Raptors and the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015818' />
  • Philly Frustration, 1968: 'The Day That They Were All Against Everything'
    <p>Philadelphia Eagles fans are known for passionately — sometimes rudely — backing their team. That reputation was cemented on a cold Sunday in 1968, when disgruntled fans pelted Santa with snowballs.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015811' />
  • Despite Official Threats, Toxic Social Media, Journalist Sees 'A Battle We Can Win'
    <p>Scott Simon talks with Maria Ressa of the investigative website Rappler in the Philippines about being named one of Time's Persons of the Year, and the mortal dangers some journalists faced this year.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015804' />
  • Father Of Dead Migrant Says Border Patrol's 'Best Efforts' Couldn't Save Her
    <p>A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in CBP custody this month, but the West Texas Guatemalan Consul General, who has spoken with her father, says they have no complaints about their treatment.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015797' />
  • Despite Concessions, Macron's Struggles With Yellow Vest Movement Deepen
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to French journalist Anne Nivat about the political situation in her country, where just a quarter of citizens say they approve the president's job performance.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015790' />
  • Melvin Dummar, Who Claimed Kindness Made Him A Howard Hughes Heir, Dies at 74
    <p>The gas station owner said he had found and helped the eccentric entrepreneur in the Nevada desert, and that afterward Hughes included him in his will. But the courts all ruled against him.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677015783' />