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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

Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:50 PM

A century-long government assimilation program boarded children from their tribes. Now some former students are turning their old school into a Native American cultural center to play their own music.

Queen Elizabeth, The Art Critic

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

On a state visit to Germany, Queen Elizabeth II was given a modernist portrait. As NPR's Scott Simon notes, the queen was unimpressed.

Women's Sports News: World Cup, WNBA, Reigning Triathlete

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

The U.S. beat China Friday night in the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup. And the WNBA season is heating up. NPR's Scott Simon and NPR's sports correspondent Tom Goldman talk women's sports.

Daniel Silva On 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Writing An Israeli Spy Protagonist

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

"Israel is extremely unpopular in the world right now," Silva says, and he doesn't always share his characters' opinions. The English Spy is Silva's 15th novel starring operative Gabriel Allon.

Tunisians In Shock Following Attack That Killed Dozens

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

Thirty-nine people died in an attack Friday in the resort town of Sousse, Tunisia. NPR's Scott Simon talks to freelance journalist Farah Samti in Tunisia.

1 Prison Escapee Killed By Police; Manhunt For 2nd Continues

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

Authorities say they have shot and killed escaped convict Richard Matt three weeks after he and another inmate escaped from a prison in northern New York State. The other escapee, David Sweat, is still at large.

Bishop Opposed To Marriage Ruling On Impact On Religious Institutions

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

In a 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Maryland Bishop Henry Jackson Jr., an opponent of the decision.

Ground Shifts As Politicians Try To Stake Out Positions On Gay Marriage

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, where will the political battle lines be drawn next?

Native Americans Protest Proposed Copper Mine In Arizona

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

One of the country's largest copper deposits lies east of Phoenix. But none of that copper has been mined yet. A land swap between the federal government and a private company may change that. Some Native American residents say a holy site is at risk.

Prolific Crime Novelist Turns Talents To Dissecting 'Forensics'

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with crime novelist Val McDermid about her new book, Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA and More Tell Us About Crime.

Success For U.S.-Backed Fighters In Syria Leads To Political Complications

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

Along with U.S. airstrikes, Syrian Kurds pushed the Islamic State out of key turf on the Turkish border. The U.S. sees it as a model for fighting ISIS but Turkey worries the Kurds are going too far.

Greeks To Vote On Bailout On July 5

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

Greece's prime minister has called for a referendum that would allow Greeks to vote yes or no on the current bailout deal. NPR's Scott Simon talks to reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens.

Shock, Forgiveness, Grief: A Profound Week For South Carolina

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

South Carolina grieved this week for the 9 people murdered by an avowed white supremacist. But grief turned gradually to hope, as President Obama delivered a rousing eulogy for one of the deceased.

In Same-Sex Marriage Decision, Supreme Court Bitterly Divided

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court has once again changed the social fabric of America, for the first time declaring a right to marry for same sex couples.

National Cathedral Should Not Be Stained With Confederate Flag, Dean Says

Saturday, June 27 2015 01:09 PM

The Very Rev. Gary Hall says glass windows in honor of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee need to go. "We couldn't with credibility address the race agenda" with the windows in place, he tells NPR.