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

Amid Societal Shifts, What Will New Mormon Leader Appointments Mean?

Saturday, October 03 2015 03:45 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will announce three new top leaders. Scholar Matthew Bowman discusses what the change could mean at a time when social issues challenge the faith.

Nine Aid Workers Killed In Airstrikes On Kunduz Hospital

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:18 PM

As the Afghan government struggles to retake Kunduz from the Taliban, suspected U.S. airstrikes have hit a Médecins Sans Frontières facility in the city. NPR's Philip Reeves provides an update.

An American Pigskin In London: Jets, Dolphins Head To U.K.

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins play in London Sunday. Andrea Kremer of HBO's Real Sports and the NFL Network says that despite logistical challenges, it could mean big profits for the NFL.

Panhandler Or Performer? New York City Considers Taxing Time Square Buskers

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

New York mayor Bill DeBlasio wants the Times Square "desnudas" — topless women who paint their bodies and pose for photos for tips — and other street performers to pay taxes on what they earn.

As Roseburg, Ore., Mourns, A Look At Shooting's Victims

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

The victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting ranged in age from 18 to 67.

After Mass Shooting In Oregon, A Community Mourns

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent Tom Goldman about the latest on the mass shooting in Roseburg, Ore.

Boyhood Encounter With UFO Inspired Art That Soared Around The World

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

Romanian-born artist Ionel Talpazan lived on the streets of New York, making art that eventually hung in fine galleries from San Francisco to France. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on his vivid work.

Swordswoman, Opera Singer, Runaway: 'Goddess' Chronicles A Fabled Life

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

Author Kelly Gardiner's new novel is a fictionalized version of the life of Julie d'Aubigny, a swashbuckling 17th-century fencer-turned-opera singer whose exploits often seem stranger than fiction.

Big Themes, Tiny Frames: An Art Show Writ Small

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

This weekend, The Mini Show opens at The Lodge, an emerging gallery on a gritty street in Los Angeles. It'll feature teeny, tiny paintings.

Obama On Guns: 'Our Inaction Is A Political Decision'

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

This week the president lamented how routine mass shootings have become and expressed frustration at the lack of political action on gun violence. NPR's Scott Simon and Ron Elving talk about the week.

Cereal Cafe Meets Serious Opposition In Shoreditch

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

A cafe in East London that sells $5 bowls of cereal was attacked by protesters, who say gentrification is ruining the neighborhood. Alan Keery, co-owner of the cafe, speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.

As Refugees Leave And Russian Airstrikes Land, What Are The Options In Syria?

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Philip Gordon of the Counsel on Foreign Relations about what options are left to the U.S. in light of the failure to remove President Bashar Assad from power.

What Would Julia Child Do? Jacques Pépin Says: Add More Butter

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

In a conversation with NPR's Scott Simon, Jacques Pépin reflects on his extraordinary 60-year career, his dear friend Julia Child and how not to let good cheese leftovers go to waste.

A Hidden — But Quietly Influential — Life In 'Rosemary'

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

Rosemary was the lost Kennedy daughter; disabled from birth, she was left profoundly damaged after a lobotomy at the age of 23. But she had a lasting influence on her family's charitable projects.

After Solitude, Controversies Bring 'Martian' Matt Damon Back To Earth

Saturday, October 03 2015 01:09 PM

In The Martian, Damon plays a man marooned on the red planet for years, talking only to his computer. On earth, he discusses portraying isolation and the backlash against some of his recent remarks.