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 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

Aid Is On The Way For Eastern Ukraine, If Only It Can Pass The Checkpoints

Saturday, August 16 2014 03:02 PM

Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.

A Little League Star, A New Commissioner: The Week In Sports

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

There's a new Major League Baseball commissioner, and a new star Little League pitcher. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest from the world of sports.

Tensions Reignite In Ferguson Between Police, Protesters

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

Michael Brown, a teen shot to death by a police officer last week, is to be buried on Saturday. NPR's Cheryl Corley is in Ferguson, Mo., where the shooting occurred and days of unrest followed.

Making Scripts And Science Match

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

How can screenwriters make sure the science and medical details of their shows are true to life? NPR's Scott Simon talks with Kate Langrall Folb of Hollywood, Health & Society, who helps them out.

'Football' Captures Moments Of Grace And Violence

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

Three great sports writers join NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the new anthology, Football: Great Writing About the National Sport. We hear from John Schulian, Jeanne Marie Laskas, and Frank DeFord.

Scientists Test The World's Seas On Ocean Sampling Day

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

For one day this summer, scientists from around the globe decided to find out what's in our oceans' water. We go to the coast of Savannah, Ga., to find out what exactly they were looking for.

Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

A grand jury in Austin has indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry on charges that he misused his veto power. Scott Simon talks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn.

How Social Media Helped Spread Protest In Michael Brown Shooting

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

Colorlines Editor-at-Large Kai Wright and NPR's Scott Simon reflect on the reaction to Michael's Brown's fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo.

Florida Shooting Among Caroline Rose's Rockabilly Inspirations

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

Architect Caroline Rose decided to chuck her career to travel around the country in a van and make rockabilly music. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Caroline Rose about her new album, I Will Not be Afraid.

College Professor's Life Is Upended In 'Small Blessings'

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

The new novel Small Blessings follows the intertwined lives of academics and their family members in a small Southern college town. NPR's Scott Simon talks with author Martha Woodroof.

A Song That Sent Lads To WWI Gets A 100-Year Remake

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

"Pack Up Your Troubles" was a hit song during World War I. It's getting a modern re-do by a British military charity to mark the 100th anniversary of the war.

Arab Bank On Trial For Allegedly Funding Hamas

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

In New York, a Jordanian bank is being sued by victims of terrorism who say the bank sent money to terrorists. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the New York Times's Jessica Silver-Greenberg about the case.

Russian Embargo Leaves EU Producers Holding The Apples

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

It's been a week since Russia implemented a ban on EU food imports. NPR's Linda Wertheimer finds out from BBC Berlin correspondent Stephen Evans what effect the sanctions are having in Europe.

An Unlikely Psychologist-Patient Friendship Unfolds In 'The Story Hour'

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

Thrity Umrigar's new novel is about two women with "a mystical connection." Lakshmi is stuck in a loveless marriage. Dr. Maggie Bose decides Lakshmi doesn't need a shrink — she needs an escape.

Summer Camp In State Prison: A Chance To Bond With Dad

Saturday, August 16 2014 11:53 AM

A summer camp program takes boys and girls, ages 8-15, to spend time with their incarcerated dads. The kids camp out nearby and go to the prison during the day to do art projects with their fathers.