Weekend Edition Saturday

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Saturday mornings are made for Weekend Edition Saturday, the program wraps up the week's news and offers a mix of analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts, sports, entertainment, and human interest stories. The two-hour program is hosted by NPR's Peabody Award-winning Scott Simon.

Drawing on his experience in covering 10 wars and stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Simon brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective to each show. He is as comfortable having a conversation with a major world leader as he is talking with a Hollywood celebrity or the guy next door.

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 Simon. 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. Simon contributes his own award-winning essays, which are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant.

Weekend Edition Saturday is heard on NPR Member stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world.

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8:42am

Sat November 29, 2014
StoryCorps

A Decade After Battle, Medic And Wounded Soldier Reunite

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

Retired 1st Sgt. Keith Melick (right) and retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilkins met when Melick, a medic, treated Wilkins after an IED explosion. They were reunited nearly 10 years later.
StoryCorps

StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Ten years ago, Keith Melick was a medic in the Army, and Roy Wilkins was a command sergeant major in the Army's Special Forces.

They crossed paths in Afghanistan, where Wilkins was wounded in an IED explosion.

And then this August, by chance, they met again — in the gym at a VA medical center in North Carolina, where Wilkins was playing with his wheelchair basketball team.

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6:46am

Sat November 29, 2014
Around the Nation

Red Tape Ties Up Purchases Of D.C. Affordable Housing

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

Nearly 1 in 5 Washington, D.C., residents live at or below the poverty line, but affordable-housing developers are having trouble selling units. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 25, 2014.

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6:46am

Sat November 29, 2014
Author Interviews

Art And Death Are Two Things At Once In 'How To Be Both'

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

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6:46am

Sat November 29, 2014
Sports

Honoring His Grandfather, Boy Breaks Baseball News

Originally published on Sat November 29, 2014 11:05 am

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1:25pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Goats and Soda

Ebola Survey Teams Take A Grim Census In Sierra Leone

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:16 pm

Surveillance team member Osman Sow washes his boots after working in a potentially contaminated area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Survey teams are sent out every day to assess sick people and dispatch burial teams to collect the dead.
David Gilkey NPR

Ebola is on the rise in Sierra Leone's capital of Freetown. Just this week, 234 new confirmed infections were reported, and every day hundreds of residents call the emergency line to report more possible cases in their neighborhoods.

To deal with the surge, the nation sends health surveillance teams into the community to investigate the alerts, visiting up to five homes a day to check on residents.

The junior member of one team is Osman Sow, a young man with a wisp of a beard and a serious manner.

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1:06pm

Sat November 22, 2014
Parallels

Rumors Of Boko Haram Attack Send Nigerian Refugees Fleeing Again

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 2:54 pm

Civilians who had just recently arrived in Yola prepare to flee again, this time in a large open-top truck headed to the city of Jos.
Ofeibea Quist-Arcton NPR

As Nigeria's military continues to battle Boko Haram fighters for control of towns and territory in the turbulent northeast, fearful residents are leaving — or being driven out of town. More than 200 schoolgirls, abducted by the Islamist extremists in April, are still missing.

Hoisting the black flag of al-Qaida, the insurgents have imposed strict Islamic law in areas under their control, vowing to establish a caliphate.

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11:05am

Sat November 22, 2014
Parallels

In Response To Attacks, Israel Takes Down Palestinian Homes

Originally published on Sun November 23, 2014 10:28 am

After Palestinian Abdel Rahman Shaludi killed two people with a car in an attack last month, Israel destroyed his family's apartment in East Jerusalem by blowing up the front outside and most internal walls. Israel says the aim is deterrence, while the Palestinians call it collective punishment.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

After a spate of deadly violence in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to speed up home demolitions of attackers as a punishment and deterrent.

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6:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Environment

Starfish Illness Harms Other Sea Creatures

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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6:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Around the Nation

Shoveling Off To Buffalo Promises A Snowy Holiday Challenge

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon.

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6:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Middle East

Oman Recalls Its Trade Empire With Hand-Built Boats

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:46 pm

The country of Oman once ran a vast maritime trading network. Today, a group there devotes itself to preserving that legacy by recreating the traditional boats that sailed the seas back then. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 19, 2014.

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6:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Governing

Asians — Not Just Latinos — Benefit From Obama's Immigration Action

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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6:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Sports

Cavaliers, Lakers Lagging: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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6:55am

Sat November 22, 2014
Environment

What We Learn When Find Silence

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 10:21 am

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3:29pm

Sat November 15, 2014
Around the Nation

For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 4:30 pm

A 2015 F-150 rolls off the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.
Paul Sancya AP

The first 2015 Ford F-150 rolled off the assembly line this week, and it is no normal truck. The new F-150 pickup is the first with an aluminum body, making it hundreds of pounds lighter than its predecessors.

Ford isn't taking this gamble on just any truck — the F-150 is the company's most important vehicle. Morgan Stanley estimates the F-Series truck line and SUV derivatives represent 90 percent of Ford's global profits.

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7:12am

Sat November 15, 2014
Simon Says

Comet Lander, Firefighters Execute Dazzling Feats Above The Earth

Originally published on Sat November 15, 2014 9:21 am

Onlookers take cell phone pictures of stranded window washers hanging from scaffolding on the side of One World Trade Center.
Timothy A. Clary AFP/Getty Images

Everyone has days in which we wonder if much of anything works. Websites crash. Screens blink, go blank, or taunt: I'm sorry. Try later. We have an unusually high volume of calls. Download to update. Click here if you've forgotten your password.

But for a couple of hours on an afternoon this week, people got glimpses of excellence.

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