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

For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

Saturday, August 01 2015 02:05 PM

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.

In Germany, Asylum-Seekers Could Fill A Chronic Workforce Need

Saturday, August 01 2015 01:35 PM

Germany has struggled with a record number of refugees, prompting calls for increased deportations. But German businesses see an opportunity in these newcomers to ease a shortage of skilled workers.

A Study Of Gods And Human Nature In 'Tiberius'

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Under Tiberius is a new novel about deceit and crime. The main character is the man who came to be known as Jesus Christ. NPR's Scott Simon talks to author Nick Tosches.

MLB Trade Deadline, Deflategate Fallout: The Week In Sports

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about football's deflategate fallout, baseball's trade deadline and Scott's own childhood hero.

Police-Community Collaboration Has Helped Kept Peace In Cincinnati

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

A 2001 agreement between Cincinnati police, the police union and community groups is credited with keeping protests peaceful there after the killing of an unarmed black motorist by a police officer.

France Refuses To Sell Two Warships To Russia

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

The dispute follows Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The 1.6 billion euro helicopter carriers are sitting in French dockyards.

Zimbabwe May Give Land Back To Some White Farmers

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

White farmers were driven out of Zimbabwe 15 years ago. Now the government says some white farmers could get their land back. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Zimbabwean journalist Peta Thornycroft.

SuperPac Filings, Candidates' Forums: The Week In Politics

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Hillary Clinton released her medical report, her tax returns, and a cache of unseen emails on Friday. NPR's Scott Simon talks politics with senior editor Ron Elving.

At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.

Edison's 'Little Monsters' Restored To Their Original Freakishness

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Visitors at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park can hear newly-restored Edison talking dolls. They are the stuff of nightmares. This story originally aired May 5 on All Things Considered.

Kerry Aims To Repair Relations With Egypt

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry visits Egypt on Sunday as the two countries intensify ties, despite the concerns of human rights advocates.

Some Kazakhs Celebrate The Loss Of The 2022 Winter Olympics

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Kazakhstan lost its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, but a number of Kazakhs see this as an opportunity, not a loss.

Kurdish Militias Appear To Be Sidelined By U.S.-Turkey Military Deal

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

The military deal reached by the United States and Turkey is an attempt to refocus the fight against ISIS. NPR's Scott Simon talks to former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Frank Ricciardone.

Candidates Discuss Race And Cities At Urban League

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

Five presidential candidates spoke at the National Urban League's annual conference on Friday. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Urban League President Marc Morial about what the candidates had to say.

Black Lives Matter: Coming To A Museum Near You?

Saturday, August 01 2015 12:42 PM

How do you curate a museum exhibit about the protests in Ferguson, Mo.? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the director National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open next fall.