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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

Last updated: Friday, February 27 2015 01:06 PM

Police Are Learning To Accept Civilian Oversight, But Distrust Lingers

Saturday, February 21 2015 03:18 PM

More than 200 civilian review boards investigate police misconduct in cities across the United States. Reformers say they're essential. But officers tend to be wary of them.

There's A Reason We Say 'Self-Declared Islamic State'

Saturday, February 21 2015 02:18 PM

When NPR correspondents report about that group, they try to make it clear that it is not a "state" in the standard sense of that word. This month's "Word Matters" conversation explains why.

The Heavy Moral Weight Of Carnegie Mellon's 800 Botched Acceptances

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:19 PM

Carnegie Mellon University recently emailed about 800 graduate school applicants to say they'd been accepted. But it was a mistake. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on acceptance letters in the digital age.

The Mavericks Release An Album, Minus Robert Reynolds

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

The country rock band The Mavericks are back with a new album, but this time without a founding member, Robert Reynolds. NPR's Scott Simon talks with bandmates Raul Malo and Eddie Perez about Mono.

NASCAR And Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao: The Week In Sports

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

The fight of the millennium is on! Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will meet later this spring. And it's NASCAR opening day. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Tom Goldman about the latest in sports.

Pussy Riot Releases Its First Song In English

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

The Russian band Pussy Riot is well known for protesting the Russian government. Now the group has released its first song in English. NPR's Scott Simon talks to band member Nadya Tolokonnikova.

An Iranian Optimist Urges Americans, 'Come See For Yourself'

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

When NPR's Steve Inskeep meets a political scientist at an Italian restaurant in Tehran, the circumstances of their conversation illustrate Iran's potential for change.

Zambian Prosecutor Drops Charges In Case Against Himself

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

It may sound like an episode of The Twilight Zone, but this isn't fiction. Zambia's top prosecutor dropped his own corruption charges and set himself free. NPR's Scott Simon discusses the case.

Looming Presidential Race Divides National Governors Group

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

The National Governors Association is in Washington for its winter meeting, and there is no lack of talk about the 2016 White House. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Ron Elving about the week in politics.

Agreement Reached In West Coast Ports Labor Dispute

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

West Coast ports and the dockworkers union have reached a tentative deal after a nine-month stalemate. Sporadic work stoppages and shutdowns are expected to end, pending ratification by both sides.

Whitehorse Layers Complex Rhythms In 'Leave No Bridge'

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the musical — and married — couple that is the Canadian band Whitehorse, talk with NPR's Scott Simon about their latest album, Leave No Bridge Unburned.

After An Education In American Jazz, A Musician Tackles The Turkish Songbook

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

A Turkish jazz guitarist is converting Turkey's pop songs into popular jazz, the way American jazz musicians stylized tunes from the Great American Songbook.

To Libertarians, Rand Paul Is 'Libertarian-Ish'

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said he's likely to announce whether he'll run in 2016 in the next two months. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nick Gillespie of Reason.com about the libertarian landscape.

Minor Characters Take The Stage In Argentina's Real-Life Murder Mystery

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

The shooting death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman has all the hallmarks of a Hollywood thriller. It has provided rich material for the conspiracy-minded in Argentina.

Latest Ukraine Cease-Fire Ends Before It Begins

Saturday, February 21 2015 01:03 PM

The cease-fire that was supposed to halt fighting between Russian separatists and the Ukrainian government has not taken hold. NPR's Scott Simon talks to former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder.