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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

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Saturday, September 20 2014 02:16 PM

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.

Over Spain's Objections, Catalonia Plans Referendum On Independence

Saturday, September 20 2014 01:56 PM

Now that Scotland has voted to stay in the U.K., attention is turning to another separatist movement. Emboldened by the peaceful Scottish referendum, Catalans are planning a vote in November.

Workers Hand Out Soap And Advice As Sierra Leone Locks Down

Saturday, September 20 2014 01:44 PM

Under the country's three-day experiment to control the deadly Ebola virus, people must stay home while health care teams go door-to-door to spread the word on prevention.

A Man Who Knew The Value Of The Human Voice

Saturday, September 20 2014 01:21 PM

David Candow, known around NPR as "The Host Whisperer," has died. He was a great teacher, not only instructing us about the craft of radio news but reminding why the craft is important.

Analyst: U.S. Needs To 'Deconflict' Syria To Defeat ISIS

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

How does the U.S. destroy the self-declared Islamic State without aiding the Syrian regime? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christopher Harmer of the Institute for the Study of War about options.

Judge's Credibility In Question After Domestic Abuse Arrest

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

A federal judge in Alabama is facing mounting calls for his resignation. U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller was arrested in August for allegedly beating his wife.

The Week In Sports: Serious Problems For The NFL

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

ESPN reports the Baltimore Ravens knew more about the domestic violence case against Ray Rice earlier than they've admitted. NPR's Scott Simon and ESPN.com's Howard Bryant discuss the controversy.

The Odor Of Political Attraction

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

Ooh, you smell so good ... and we're both members of the Whig party, too! Turns out there's scientific evidence that people who share political beliefs are attracted to each other's body odor.

Organizers Hope U.N. Climate March Will Be Largest In History

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

Hundreds of thousands are expected at a march in New York City ahead of the United Nations climate summit. Organizers want to send a message to world leaders that it's time to take concrete action.

How To Inoculate Angry Teens Against Islamic Extremism

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

Maajid Nawaz used to be a recruiter for an extreme Islamist group in the United Kingdom. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Nawaz about how the recruiting process works, and how it can be thwarted.

Picasso, Nazis And A Daring Escape In 'My Grandfather's Gallery'

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

As a little girl, Anne Sinclair knew Pablo Picasso. She talks with NPR's Scott Simon about why she didn't want the master to paint her picture, and her new memoir, My Grandfather's Gallery.

Harmony Project Offers More Than Just Music In LA

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

With public schools across the country cutting music instruction to save money, the Harmony Project in Los Angeles is trying to make up the difference. The nonprofit offers free music lessons to kids.

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.

The Turmoil In Scotland, Expressed By Its Poets

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

Scotland has a proud national tradition of poetry. Days after a historic referendum on independence, we look at how poems by Scottish writers can help us better understand this moment.

From 'Yes' To 'No': One Scot's Shift On Independence

Saturday, September 20 2014 11:34 AM

Scottish author Ewan Morrison started out campaigning for the "yes" vote in the independence referendum, but ended up in the "no" camp. He talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what made him make the jump.