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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

Last updated: Thursday, April 24 2014 07:10 PM

Extra Vaccination Push Underway In Ohio As Mumps Outbreak Spreads

Saturday, April 19 2014 05:22 PM

Officials in Columbus, Ohio, are scrambling to contain a burst of mumps cases. There's a new clinic open for vaccinations, and Ohio State University is teaching students how to protect themselves.

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf

Saturday, April 19 2014 03:07 PM

Since the disastrous BP spill in 2010, environmentalists have kept watch over Louisiana's coastline. One consortium says there's far more oil leaking into the Gulf than companies are reporting.

Bringing Poetry And High Culture To Sao Paulo's Periphery

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

Poetry in an unlikely place: In a grim urban shanty town in the middle of Sao Paulo, budding poets from the poorest sections of Brazilian society get together weekly to compose and recite poetry.

Top Teams Sitting Out Of NBA Playoffs

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

Some of the NBA's hottest teams missed the cut for this year's playoffs. And to what lengths will Cuban athletes go for a chance to play in the MLB?'s Howard Bryant tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

Syrian Rebel Stronghold On The Verge Of Government Takeover

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

The Syrian city of Homs has been a rebel stronghold since the anti-government uprising began. But one rebel tells NPR that they're low on ammunition and medical gear.

Putin Tries To Sell Ukraine's Muslims On Russian Rule

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

Russian President Putin is reaching out to Muslims in Crimea. Professor Robert Crews tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Putin is trying to build alliances in the Muslim world to weigh against the West.

Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

Training Could Avert Another Fertilizer Plant Disaster

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

A year ago, a fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, killed 15 people and wounded 160. NPR's Wade Goodwyn reflects on how to avoid a future catastrophe.

Captain, 2 Crew Members Arrested In S. Korea Ferry Sinking

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

The search continues for hundreds of people, mostly students, who were on board a South Korean ferry when it sank this week. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn shares the latest with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

Rufus Wainwright Shares Songs, And A Few Stories

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

Wainwright creates music that is theatrical, emotional and operatic. He stopped by NPR's studios to perform a few of his hits.

NCAA Beats 'Strategic Retreat' On Food Rules For Student Athletes

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

The NCAA is facing scrutiny for how it treats student athletes. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to New York Times columnist Joe Nocera about changes the organization made this week.

'Say Anything,' Still Full Of Guileless Affection

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

A look back at the seminal teen flick reveals a surprisingly deep and romantic story. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 13, 2014.

Polio Threatens To Spread Through Central Africa

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

A polio outbreak in Cameroon has spread to Equatorial Guinea and threatens to move throughout Central Africa. This story originally aired on Morning Edition on April 17, 2014.

Avalanche Buries Sherpas On Mount Everest

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

At least 12 Sherpas died in a recent avalanche on Mount Everest. Climber Conrad Anker explains that the guides were helping prepare a route for hundreds of climbers expected for the summer season.

Agreement Could Avert Ukrainian Civil War

Saturday, April 19 2014 12:12 PM

World leaders agreed to end the occupation of Ukrainian government buildings by pro-Moscow militants. But militants have said Kiev's government must step down first. Ari Shapiro talks to Wade Goodwyn.