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)

  • Domestic Violence Expert Resigns From NFL Players Association Commission
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/06/15/img_5481_wide-d9558f8a47c706db9d5b5237a6135eb0b87e2c0c.jpg?s=600' alt='Deborah Epstein resigned from a NFLPA-funded commission created to tackle domestic violence in the NFL, after a "pattern emerged" in her conversations with the association.'/><p>The Commission on Violence Prevention was created in response to several cases of alleged domestic violence by NFL players. Law professor Deborah Epstein says the effort was essentially a "fig leaf."</p><p>(Image credit: Courtesy of Deborah Epstein)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620314505' />
  • A Spy Talks About His Time In Al-Qaida
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon speaks with author Aimen Dean about his time with al-Qaida in his new memoir, <em>Nine Lives, My Time as the West's Top Spy Inside al-Qaeda.</em></p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611596' />
  • Saturday Sports: Trump's Comments, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about this week's sports news.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611589' />
  • Finding Justice For Rape In Kenya
    <p>Cases of child rape are usually adjudicated by family elders in eastern Kenya. But, with the help of activists, one family is trying to end the practice and force these cases into the judicial system.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611582' />
  • Looking At U.S. Trade With China
    <p>President Trump announced tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. China says it will retaliate. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dan Ikenson of the libertarian Cato Institute for his reaction.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611575' />
  • The Basketball Game That Promises Very Little: Ted Cruz Vs. Jimmy Kimmel
    <p>The NBA season might be over. But basketball isn't quite done. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel have a score to settle. </p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611568' />
  • How Europe Responds To Migrants
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with Elizabeth Collett, director of Migration Policy Institute Europe, about the evolving responses of European countries to migrants from Africa and the Middle East.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611561' />
  • An Asylum-Seeker Talks About Fleeing Domestic Violence
    <p>NPR's Scott Simon talks with Sinthia. Originally from Honduras, her husband became abusive and violent. She fled with her 5-year-old son and now lives in Texas. She's currently seeking asylum.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611554' />
  • Changes Coming To AP World History Classes
    <p>The Advanced Placement World History course will no longer include precolonial civilizations. Scott Simon talks to Amanda DoAmaral, a former AP World History teacher, about why she opposes the change.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611547' />
  • Illinois Parolee Can't Find A Home
    <p>Carl Reimann was granted parole after serving 45 years for a quintuple murder. Community outrage forced him out of three residences and he ended up back in prison. Now he's been paroled again.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=620611540' />


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