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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 EPSN.com 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

Cleveland Police Officer Receives Not Guilty Verdicts

Saturday, May 23 2015 05:23 PM

The verdicts for Officer Michael Brelo came on allegations of voluntary manslaughter and lesser charges, stemming from a 2012 police shooting of an unarmed couple.

Robert Gates: Obama Should Step Up Military Assistance To Iraq

Saturday, May 23 2015 01:56 PM

The former secretary of defense says that even stepping up the rules of engagement for U.S. troops in Iraq might not keep ISIS in check. "There's no certainty about any of this," he says.

'They're Not Gang Members': Bikers Protest Mass Arrests In Waco

Saturday, May 23 2015 01:10 PM

Bikers claim that many who were arrested in the Waco, Texas, brawl last week were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. But police say the bikers were "known criminal gang members."

Historian May Have Discovered Henry I's Final Resting Place

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

Yet another English monarch might be buried underneath an English parking lot. Scott Simon has more.

NBA, NHL Finals Loom: The Week In Sports

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

The end is nigh! Howard Bryant tells Scott Simon which the matchups to look forward to in the Stanley Cup and NBA finals.

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Take Years

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

The recall of Takata airbags this week was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Sonari Glinton about how and when companies announce a recall.

Ireland Appears To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

Results are coming in from Ireland's vote on same-sex marriage. It's not just a referendum on gay rights; it's also a litmus test for how much this socially conservative country has changed recently.

Hot Content Went Viral In The 1800s, Too

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

Page through a 19th-century newspaper and you'll be surprised at how 21st-century it looks. Northeastern University's Ryan Cordell tells NPR's Scott Simon about the listicles of the 1800s.

Santa Barbara Oil Spill Reopens Fierce Environmental Debate

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

The long-term environmental impacts of this week's oil spill in California may not be clear for some time. Meantime, the spill has reignited a fierce local debate over off-shore oil drilling.

Senate Blocks Measures To Extend NSA Data Collection

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

The Senate worked late into the night but was not able to figure out what to do about expiring provisions in the Patriot Act that authorize the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records.

'Mislaid' Punctures Notions Of Gender And Race

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

In Nell Zink's new book, Mislaid, a young woman marries her male professor. It's 1965. She likes women; he likes men. What follows is a biting satire about gender, race and sexuality.

The Stories Behind The Symbols On Vets' Headstones

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

Government gravestones for veterans usually have an "emblem of belief." This can be a cross, a Jewish star or a Muslim star and crescent. It can also be a Wiccan pentacle or the hammer of Thor.

At Day Center For The Elderly, 'They Have Everything'

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

As America grapples with how to care for an aging population, a growing industry aims to provide families a place to send their loved ones who need supervision and support — just for the day.

El Salvador Arch Bishop Moves Closer To Sainthood

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

One of Latin America's most celebrated religious figures moves one step closer to sainthood Saturday. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Carrie Kahn about the beatification of Oscar Romero.

This Summer, A 'Mature' Season For Action Stars And Fashion Models

Saturday, May 23 2015 12:54 PM

A bunch of movies this summer will feature aging action stars, and older fashion models are showing up in ads for brands from J. Crew to Lanvin. NPR's Ina Jaffe tells Scott Simon about the trend.