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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: Tuesday, April 28 2015 04:34 AM

Imagining The Power Of Edouard Manet's 'Very Active Muse'

Saturday, April 25 2015 02:06 PM

Maureen Gibbon's new novel, Paris Red, delves into the life of Victorine Meurent, Manet's favorite model and the central figure in some of his most famous paintings.

Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

Saturday, April 25 2015 01:33 PM

The cause of Wall Street's flash crash has been debated ever since it happened. Officials arrested a lone trader working in his parents' London home, but some question whether he was really to blame.

There's A Sad Reason 'Migrants,' Not 'Immigrants,' Is The Word Being Used

Saturday, April 25 2015 12:10 PM

Hundreds of people died this month when an overloaded ship sank in the Mediterranean Sea. They were on the move, but never reached their destinations.

'I Lost A Hand And This Is Workman's Comp. ... I Didn't Lose A Hook!'

Saturday, April 25 2015 12:07 PM

Dennis Whedbee's experience illustrates the trade-offs for injured workers as states and insurance carriers seek to trim workers' comp by gaining more control over treatment decisions.

Kansas City Royals Break Bad: The Week In Sports

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

The first rounds of NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. NPR's Scott Simon gets an update from's Howard Bryant.

To West Baltimoreans, 'The Largest Gang Is The ... Police'

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

NPR's Scott Simon takes a walk through the neighborhoods of West Baltimore to talk with residents in the wake of Freddie Gray's death in police custody.

'Save Us, Save Us': A Poem For The Migrants Lost At Sea

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

We asked poet Craig Morgan Teicher to find a poem to illuminate a recent news event. He says the capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea made him think of Derek Mahon's "A Disused Shed in Co. Wexford."

Pulitzer-Winning Reporter Finds A Better Life In PR

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

Rob Kuznia was one of three journalists at an LA paper to win a 2014 Pulitzer Prize. But days after he finished the winning project, he quit journalism altogether. Kuznia tells NPR's Scott Simon why.

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.

Protesters Plan To 'Shut Down' Baltimore Saturday

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

Demonstrations continue in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. State troopers have been brought in to help control crowds. Gray will be laid to rest on Monday.

Powerful Quake Hits Nepal; Death Toll Rising

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

An estimated 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday. It's being described as the strongest to hit the country in 81 years. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Kunda Dixit, editor at the Nepali Times.

Patti Reagan: Hinkley Still Capable Of Violence

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

Doctors are recommending that the man who shot President Reagan, be released from a mental hospital. Patti Reagan Davis, the former president's daughter, tells NPR's Scott Simon she disagrees.

International Guard: How The Vietnam War Changed Guard Service

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

During the war, young men often tried to join the National Guard to avoid being sent overseas. But that war changed the nature of the guard — paving the way for today's deployments abroad.

Flood Of Desperate Refugees Tests Spaniards' Tolerance

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

Arab and African migrants are landing on Spain's coast in a region with a 34 percent unemployment. That's created friction and prompted a debate about how best to help them.

Colleen: For The First Time, A Hypnotic Composer Sings

Saturday, April 25 2015 11:33 AM

The French musician Colleen has added lyrics to her music after more than 10 years of being strictly instrumental.