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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 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. 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

As Heroin Addiction Grows, Maine Focuses On Drug Enforcement

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

A cap on the number of opiate addiction patients that doctors can treat means many who want to take Suboxone can't get access to it. In Maine, the governor has reduced funding for the treatment.

U.S. Open Starts Monday, Basketball Says Goodbye To Darryl Dawkins

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about the U.S. Open, the legendary Darryl Dawkins, and, yes, a little baseball.

Egypt Court Sentences 3 Al-Jazeera Journalists To 3-Year Prison Terms

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

Three Al Jazeera English journalists, Mohamed Fahmy, Baher Mohamed and Peter Greste were sentenced to up to 3 years and 6 months in prison in a controversial case that's dragged on for nearly 2 years.

Plunging Chinese Stock Market Was Barely Covered In China

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

As the Chinese stock market dramatically tumbled, the country's state-run news media remained largely silent on the turmoil.

Of The 900 Or So People Running For President, At Least 1 Of Them Is Nuts

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

A small group of presidential hopefuls get most of the media attention, but there are a lot of unknown people who also want the top job and filed the necessary paperwork. One of them is Deez Nuts.

Tragic Stories Throw A Harsh Light On Europe's Migration Crisis

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

A truck filled with bodies in Austria highlighted the perils of the epic refugee flow into Europe. Hungarian journalist Istvan Szekeres tells NPR's Scott Simon about their journey.

What Sanders Lacks In Media Coverage He Makes Up For In Crowd Size

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

Bernie Sanders is leading the polls in New Hampshire's Democratic primary race, but Hillary Clinton is still up in the national polls. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now!

10 Years After Hurricane Katrina, Randy Adams Still Counts His Blessings

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

To mark 10 years since Hurricane Katrina, NPR's Scott Simon checks back in with New Orleans resident Randy Adams who he first spoke with right after the hurricane hit.

Prep School Rape Trial Puts Spotlight On High School Assaults

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

A male prep school graduate in New Hampshire has been acquitted of felony rape of a freshman girl, but convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault of a minor.

Edward St. Aubyn's 'A Clue To The Exit' Is Released In The U.S.

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

Charlie Fairburn has been told he has six months to live. He's the central character in Edward St. Aubyn's novel, A Clue to the Exit. He speaks with NPR's Scott Simon about the book.

Months After Deadly Quake, Climbers Again May Go Up Mt. Everest

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:05 PM

Mt. Everest has reopened to climbers for the first time since the April earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Outside Magazine editor Grayson Schaffer.

Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:04 PM

The famed novelist says that at 85 she no longer has the energy to write another book, but she's just released a revised and updated edition of her manual for aspiring writers, Steering the Craft.

Beethoven, Flaming Tubas And 5,000 Kazoos: Classical Music At Burning Man

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:04 PM

More than 60,000 people will gather in the Nevada desert next week for the annual festival — and the Playa Pops Symphony, which made its debut last year, will be ready for them.

'I'm Not Scared Of Learning': FKA Twigs On Submission And Control

Saturday, August 29 2015 01:01 PM

A deft career pivot turned the British artist from a backup dancer for pop videos into a multimedia auteur, with a hand in nearly every aspect of her music career. She speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.

The Sounds Of A Murder: News Or Not?

Saturday, August 29 2015 12:54 PM

Here's how NPR thought through whether the gunshots that killed two TV journalists should be replayed on the radio and online.