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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

Last updated: Wednesday, January 28 2015 06:52 AM

Let's Play Two! Remembering Chicago Cub Ernie Banks

Saturday, January 24 2015 02:03 PM

Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has died. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the two-time National League MVP as the nice guy who finished first and brought smiles to all his fans' faces.

Facebook Aims To Weed Fakes From Your News Feed

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

No, Macauley Culkin didn't die — that was a fake news story you saw on Facebook. This week, Facebook added a feature for reporting hoaxes. NPR's Laura Sydell explains the details to Scott Simon.

Remembering Ernie Banks, A Fan Favorite Whose Favorite Was The Fans

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

Ernie Banks, Hall of Fame baseball player, has died. NPR's Scott Simon and Tom Goldman remember the Chicago Cub who meant so much to the city and the fans he loved to greet.

In Argentinian Murder Mystery, Prosecutor's Death Spawns Many Suspects

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

The death of an Argentinian prosecutor investigating what he said was a government cover-up has the entire country talking. NPR's Lourdes Garcia Navarro tells Scott Simon the latest developments.

Foe Of 'Fiscal Waterboarding' Leads Going Into Greek Election

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

If elected on Sunday, Syriza would be the first anti-austerity party to come to power in the Eurozone. But it would still have to pay off Greece's debt and help the country out of a deep depression.

Rainy Day Women Ages 55 And Up: Bob Dylan Makes Cover Of AARP Magazine

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

It's timed for the release of his 36th studio album, and shepherded by an editor who used to run Rolling Stone.

From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the many hours he has spent at 30,000 feet paging through the in-flight catalog SkyMall. SkyMall filed for bankruptcy this week.

As U.S. Reengages With Cuba, Art Museums Make a Trade

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

The Bronx Museum of the Arts and Cuba's National Museum of Fine Arts are exchanging works from their collections. It's the largest art exchange between the two countries in more than 50 years.

Should Shared Ancestry Force A Judge's Recusal?

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

An Iranian-American immigration judge is suing the Department of Justice over its requirement that she not hear cases involving Iranians.

The Drone War's Bottleneck: Too Many Targets, Not Enough Pilots

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

Much of America's military campaign in Iraq and Syria is conducted by drones. NPR's Scott Simon talks with U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General Mark Welsh about the shortage of drone pilots.

Obama's India Visit Arrives At A Moment Of Optimism

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

President Obama arrives in India Saturday to visit Prime Minister Narendra Modi. NPR's Scott Simon talks to India correspondent Julie McCarthy about what the trip means for U.S.-India relations.

Netanyahu Speech To Congress Is High-Risk, High-Reward, Analysts Say

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

Israelis are watching the latest spat between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the White House — which could worsen his country's global standing, but win him votes in Israel's March elections.

U.S. Once Had Universal Child Care, But Rebuilding It Won't Be Easy

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.

Why A Black Man's Murder Often Goes Unpunished In Los Angeles

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

From witnesses to reluctant gang members, Jill Leovy says, "everybody's terrified." Her book, Ghettoside, uses the story of one murder to explore the city's low arrest rate when black men are killed.

Jazz Musician Jamie Cullum Shares Stories And Plays Live

Saturday, January 24 2015 01:42 PM

"I'm more of a communicator than a technician," says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR's studios.