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

Oil Can Boyd And Shoeless Joe: Legends Of Baseball

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

Baseball season begins next weekend, and to mark the occasion NPR's Scott Simon talks to Howard Bryant of ESPN about his new book, Legends: the Best Players, Games and Teams in Baseball.

At Aging Conference, Old Is The New Black

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

For the first in a series of regular discussions about aging, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ina Jaffe from the Aging in America Conference in Chicago.

Nigerians Vote In Tight Presidential Election

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

The top contenders in Nigeria's election are incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, who has battled an Islamist insurgency for years, and a former military leader who promises to be tough on corruption.

Expert: Iranians In Favor Of Nuclear Deal

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

A potential nuclear deal with Iran would have big implications for national politics in both the U.S. and Iran. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Najmeh Bozorgmehr of the Financial Times about the talks.

Ex-Ambassador: Rebels In Yemen Exploited A Vacuum

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

A Saudi-led coalition carried out airstrikes on Yemen for the third night in a row. NPR's Scott Simon talks about the crisis in Yemen and what led up to it with the former U.S. Ambassador Barbara Bodine.

Germanwings Pilot Had Extensive Medical History

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Matthias Gebauer of Der Spiegel about the co-pilot who investigators say deliberately crashed a Germanwings plane in the French Alps this week.

Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He died this week at his home in Scotland; he was 70.

Birder Finds Panama Packed With Species, But No Harpy Eagles

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

There are more species of birds in Panama than all of North America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Ray Brown, host of the radio program Talkin' Birds, who just returned from the country.

Man Brings Joy And New Shoes To Somali Refugees

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

In Clarkston, Ga., a Somali American man named Omar Shekhey helps refugees get settled in their new lives.

Safety Experts Question Mental Screenings For Pilots

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

German authorities now say the co-pilot who brought down the Germanwings aircraft hid an illness from his employers. These reports have raised concerns about the mental health screening of pilots.

Singer And Composer Goes Home To Make Brazilan Music

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

For the first time since moving to the U.S. in 1981, Eliane Elias recorded an album in her native Brazil. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the musician about her new album, Made in Brazil.

In Argentina, Friends, Families Torn Apart By Political Discord

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

In Argentina these days no one talks politics. It's not because no one cares but rather because one stray word can lose you a friend or a family member.

Indiana's HIV Spike Prompts New Calls For Needle Exchanges Statewide

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

Southeastern Indiana is battling an HIV outbreak. The new cases are mostly linked to injection drug use and have reignited a debate over needle exchanges, which are currently illegal in the state.

Making Cheese In The Land Of The Bible: Add Myrrh And A Leap Of Faith

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

Spring in the West Bank means Bedouin herders' ewes and nanny goats are full of milk — and cheese making abounds. The traditional method relies on a few simple ingredients and a long cultural memory.

Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge'

Saturday, March 28 2015 11:38 AM

Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.