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)

  • Working On A Cathedral, Roofer Finds His Grandfather's Message In A Bottle
    <p>A roofer in Germany found a bottle with a message hidden in a roof of a cathedral by his grandfather in 1930. NPR's Scott Simon tells the story.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650716158' />
  • W.Va. Plan Would Allow Some Service Members To Vote Via Smartphone
    <p>That state is experimenting with allowing service members deployed overseas to vote using an app on their smartphone. But there are some big security concerns about the app.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650716151' />
  • Red Sox Win AL East, Browns Win A Game And Vontae Davis Retires
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN.com and <em>ESPN The Magazine</em> about Boston's win, Cleveland's first win in two years, a mid-game NFL retirement — plus more from this week in sports.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698317' />
  • First Debate Held In Surprisingly Close Texas Senate Race
    <p>In the first of three debates, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz confronted challenger Democrat Beto O'Rourke Friday night in Dallas. They'll face off again Sept. 30 in Houston and Oct. 16 in San Antonio.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698296' />
  • Sen. Grassley Gives Kavanaugh Accuser More Time To Consider Options
    <p>Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's path to confirmation hit a roadblock after allegations of sexual assault decades ago. The Senate Judiciary Committee wants Christine Blasey Ford to testify.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698289' />
  • Ex-Sawdust Factory Is Transformed Into A NYC Musical Venue
    <p>The non-profit in Brooklyn functions as performance space, record label and artist incubator. Despite its small size, it has a foundation with a $450,000 fund to develop new work.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698282' />
  • Ashley Toliver's 'Spectra' Is Her First Major Book Of Poems
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ashley Toliver about her collection of poems entitled <em>Spectra</em>. It examines the writer's experiences with relationships, giving birth and living with cancer.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698275' />
  • Retired NASA Agent Aims To Account For All 50 Moon Rocks
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to former NASA investigator Joe Gutheinz about his quest to track down missing moon rocks brought back to Earth by the Apollo 11 mission.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698261' />
  • Deal Struck For Demilitarized Zone In Syria's Last Rebel Stronghold
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jan Egeland, senior adviser to the U.N., to understand the latest deal agreed to that would avert a looming military offensive in Syria's contested region of Idlib.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698254' />
  • Hurricane's Aftermath Floods Hog Lagoons In North Carolina
    <p>Hog lagoons have overflowed in the wake of Florence. Mark Rice of North Carolina State tells NPR's Scott Simon about why farmers use lagoons to collect pig waste, and what happens when they fail.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=650698240' />