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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, July 29 2014 06:33 PM

Barrel Bomb Attacks Devastate Iraqi Families

Saturday, July 26 2014 05:03 PM

Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria's current conflict.

Dressing Up As A T-Rex Is All Part Of The Job

Saturday, July 26 2014 02:15 PM

Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That's not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.

NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

It was a controversial week for the National Football League. Bloomberg's Kavitha Davidson brings NPR's Scott Simon up to date.

Bel Kaufman Took Us 'Up The Down Staircase'

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

Bel Kaufman was a public school teacher who revealed what the New York public schools were really like. She died Friday, in Manhattan, at the age of 103. NPR's Scott Simon has this remembrance.

Lover's Letters To President Harding Pushed German Cause

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR's Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.

Congress Leaves Town Next Week, But Will Anyone Notice?

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

Next week is Congress's last before summer recess, which is often when a flurry of bills are pushed through Congress. This year, not so much, NPR's Ron Elving tells NPR's Scott Simon.

Is Hezbollah Hesitant To Help Hamas?

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

Hezbollah has been a longtime ally of Hamas, but during this most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza they've taken a sideline role. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut.

War Of Words At Met Opera May Signal Shutdown

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.

Bobby Patterson's 'Got More Soul,' Heart And Spirit

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he's still singing. At 70 he's put out a new album, "I Got More Soul." NPR's Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.

'Back Channel' Turns Up White House Intrigue

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It's a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey?

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

A report from the National Hockey League says climate change could threaten the sport's future. NPR's Scott Simon talks to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman about the league's sustainability plan.

Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

When a grainy video of human rights abuse goes viral, how do you know it's real? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christoph Koettl, of the Citizen Evidence Lab, which helps users verify videos and photos.

A Closer Look At A World In Crisis

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, about the confluence of global crises taking place around the world.

Israel And Hamas Pause While Kerry Negotiates In Paris

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

NPR's Emily Harris reports from Gaza, where a temporary ceasefire is in effect.

Lost At Sea, Legos Reunite On Beaches And Facebook

Saturday, July 26 2014 12:34 PM

Nearly two decades ago, a massive wave struck a container ship and dumped nearly 5 million Legos pieces into the ocean. Today, they are still washing up on shores in England.