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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

Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low

Saturday, April 12 2014 02:33 PM

As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.

A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.

School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

PGA Puts On A Masters Without Tiger

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

This week saw an unfortunate late-season swoon for the Pacers and the first Masters tournament without Tiger Woods in 20 years. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman.

With A Wink And Nod To Fans, Movies Roll Post-Credit Scenes

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

After-credits scenes have a long history in the movies, from the original Ocean's 11 to the latest Captain America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Alex Suskind about this cinematic trope.

Pentecostal Churches Accused Of Exploiting Cameroon's Poor

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

Pentecostalism is spreading rapidly throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the world's Pentecostalists live there, and Cameroon's government has deemed the church a national threat.

Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves.

Jailed In Cuba Since 2009, USAID Contractor On Hunger Strike

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

Alan Gross has been in a Cuban jail for more than four years. This week, he went on a hunger strike. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, recently back from Cuba, brings NPR's Scott Simon an update.

A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

The Boston Strong campaign cheers the grit and grace the city's shown since last year's marathon bombing. Journalist Mike Barnicle tells NPR's Scott Simon how Bostonians are overcoming the tragedy.

Searching For A Plane On The Ocean Floor Is Unmapped Territory

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

Even if recently detected pings are from the lost Malaysian jet's black box, oceanographer Simon Boxall tells NPR's Scott Simon searching for the plane on the ocean floor will still be difficult.

Mavis Staples Sings The Soundtrack Of Civil Rights

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

Last week's civil rights summit in Texas had a musical through-line: the voice of Mavis Staples. The R&B; artist's body of work underscored the '50s and '60s civil rights movement.

Martin Gardner, Genius Of Recreational Mathematics

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

Weekend Edition's own "Math Guy" Keith Devlin calls the late Martin Gardner the greatest "math guy" of all time. As Devlin tells NPR's Scott Simon, Gardner had little formal mathematics training.

IRS Chasing Children For Dead Parents' Debts

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

The IRS is going after taxpayers to pay their deceased parents' decades-old debts. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Marc Fisher of The Washington Post about the collection efforts.

After Austerity, British Economy Declared World's Fastest-Growing

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

In effect, the U.K. is saying "I told you so" after being declared the the fastest growing economy of any rich country in the world. NPR's Scott Simon talks with economist Simon Johnson.

Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse

Saturday, April 12 2014 01:03 PM

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.