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)

  • The U.K., U.S. And Russia's Election
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks to <em>The Guardian</em>'s Moscow bureau chief Andrew Roth about the Russian presidential election and how recent diplomatic blows with the U.K. and the U.S. play into the campaign.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594656563' />
  • Russian Trolling Continued After Election
    <p>U.S. citizens continue to be targeted by Russian operatives online. Ajah Hales was contacted by a Facebook page that promised to promote black-owned businesses like hers. She talks with Scott Simon.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537832' />
  • Slovaks Protest After Journalist's Killing
    <p>The murder of a a young investigative journalist in Slovakia led to street protests and the collapse of the government. Now protesters want fresh elections to sweep away corruption.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537825' />
  • Saturday Sports: NCAA Shocking Upset
    <p>Scott Simon talks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about the latest in college basketball.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537815' />
  • Democrats Strategize For Midterms
    <p>Conor Lamb, a centrist Democrat, is the apparent victor in this week's Pennsylvania congressional election — a big win for Democrats going into the midterms. But can their strategy survive long term?</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537805' />
  • How A Russian Nerve Agent Got To The U.K.
    <p>How was a nerve agent of a group called Novichok manufactured and sent into the U.K. to poison a former Russian spy? Richard Guthrie, a U.K.-based chemical weapons expert, talks with Scott Simon.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537795' />
  • The Life Of Louise Slaughter
    <p>We remember New York Democratic Rep. Lousie Slaughter, who died on Friday at the age of 88.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537788' />
  • Evaluating The Potential New CIA Director
    <p>If confirmed, Gina Haspel will replace Mike Pompeo as CIA director. NPR's Scott Simon talks to a Haspel critic, former CIA counterterrorism officer John Kiriakou.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537781' />
  • Sessions Fires FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
    <p>The attorney general has fired former FBI official Andrew McCabe only hours before he planned to retire with full benefits. Justice cited a "lack of candor," but McCabe says he's a scapegoat.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537774' />
  • Subway Line Could Threaten Sufi Shrine In Pakistan
    <p>Pakistan's government is building a much-needed 16-mile metro across Lahore to ease traffic. But it passes a little too close for comfort to many of the city's historic buildings.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=594537767' />


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