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)

  • ICE Raids North Carolina After Local Authorities End Cooperation
    <p>A number of areas in North Carolina have decided not to work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In the following weeks, ICE has carried out a number of raids, arresting hundreds.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039113' />
  • Saturday Sports: Horse Racing Deaths, March Madness
    <p>We have a recap of the week in sports.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039106' />
  • 5 New National Monuments
    <p>President Trump signed a sweeping land conservation bill into law on Tuesday, giving the Untied States five new national monuments. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039099' />
  • 20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/03/15/laurie-halse-anderson_wide-9ea62531706176dbf10bc0cd93fbdf4f6a4151d3.jpg?s=600' alt='In college, Laurie Halse Anderson thought she might become a translator — and in a way, she did. "I translate imagination onto the page," she says.'/><p>The groundbreaking novel<em> Speak </em>told the story of Melinda, a teen who stopped speaking after a sexual assault. In her poetry memoir,<em> Shout,</em> Anderson opens up about being raped when she was 13.</p><p>(Image credit: Randy Fontanilla/Penguin Random House)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=703814048' />
  • At 83, Mary Lane Upholds The Blues Tradition: 'I Still Got It'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/03/15/mary-lane-at-butcher-boy-records-2-300dpi-pc-collin-susich-3-_wide-f864038bb79f96a20abd634ee8becf3a54dff801.jpg?s=600' alt='"I just sing what I feel," Mary Lane says.'/><p>The Arkansas-born blues singer looks back on her career and discusses <em>Travelin' Woman</em>, her first album in more than 20 years. </p><p>(Image credit: Collin Susich /Courtesy of the artist)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=703495550' />
  • Week In Politics: Trump Responds To NZ Attack, Veto Over Border Wall
    <p>We look at President Trump's reaction to the attack in Christchurch and how President Trump deals with rebukes from Congress over his policies.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039022' />
  • New Zealand Latest
    <p>Marc Greenhill, news director at Stuff.co.nz, talks with NPR's Melissa Block about the latest following an attack at two mosques in New Zealand. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039015' />
  • Connections In Hate Between NZ And Norway Shooters
    <p>The man arrested for the shooting in New Zealand is thought to have been inspired the the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. Melissa Block speaks with Åsne Seierstad, who wrote a book about him.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039092' />
  • Beto O'Rourke Visits Iowa
    <p>Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke announced he is running for president. And he is making his first campaign swing through Iowa.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039085' />
  • With Planes Grounded, Boeing Considers Its Next Steps
    <p>The FAA has ordered airlines to stop flying certain Boeing models after two crashes. Boeing is still making the planes but they're not going to customers and a bottleneck may be brewing.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=704039078' />