Weekend Edition Saturday : About

Airs Saturdays at 8am on 93.9 FM and AM 820

Each week, nearly 4 million listeners tune in to Weekend Edition Saturday for two hours of news, features and entertainment anchored by Scott Simon, NPR's Peabody Award-winning host and correspondent.

Drawing on his experience in covering 10 wars and stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Scott brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective toWeekend Edition Saturday. He's adept at speaking to everyone, from heads of state to Hollywood celebrities.

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 Scott. Financial journalist Joe Nocera follows the economy. Howard Bryant of 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. And Scott contributes his own award-winning essays, which are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant.

Weekend Edition Saturday is heard on nearly 600 NPR stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR Worldwide. It is also a pioneer in using new technology and social media platforms to create a conversation between the audience and its staff that enriches the show every week.

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Latest Stories from Weekend Edition Saturday

Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

Saturday, December 20 2014 03:56 PM

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Saturday, December 20 2014 03:53 PM

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Saturday, December 20 2014 02:13 PM

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

Cubans Blame Their Woes On The U.S. Embargo

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:42 PM

Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the normalization of ties with the United States, but their daily lives won't change much until the embargo lifts.

Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.

Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.

Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

One of Britain's best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.

Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.

What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

Is it viva la baseball, now that President Obama has softened the U.S. stance toward Cuba? ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon not to expect Cuba to throw open the doors to the MLB just yet.

Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

With the help of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Frustrated With Pace Of Change

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator, but youth in that country seem unenthusiastic about elections on Sunday.

Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

The FBI has concluded North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks with White House correspondent Scott Horsley about what happens now.

3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

In San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

From flags to currency, a new country needs new symbols. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Anne Quito, who traveled to the world's newest country, South Sudan, to observe as they designed theirs.

A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

Saturday, December 20 2014 12:33 PM

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.