Weekend Edition Saturday

Saturdays, 7am - 9am
Scott Simon

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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8:34am

Sat September 13, 2014
It's All Politics

Obama's Hawkish Plan For Islamic State Puts Doves In A Quandary

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 2:47 pm

President Obama's plan to degrade and destroy the Islamic state poses a challenge for members of his own party, who have traditionally provided the anti-war voices in Congress.
Saul Loeb AP

President Obama arguably won the Democratic primary in 2008 because of his strong opposition to the Iraq war. Now he's arguing he doesn't need congressional approval to ramp up a bombing campaign in Iraq and expand air strikes into Syria.

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7:35am

Sat September 13, 2014
Commentary

After Exoneration, Small Moments Take On New Meaning

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 11:47 am

James Lee Woodard was exonerated by DNA evidence after spending 27 years in prison.
Wade Goodwyn NPR

This month brought two more exonerations based on new DNA evidence. Henry Lee McCollum was 19 years old and his half-brother, Leon Brown, was 15 when they were arrested. The two black, intellectually disabled half brothers were convicted of the rape and murder of an 11-year-old Sabrina Buie and spent 30 years on death row.

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6:40am

Sat September 13, 2014
Sports

It Was One Of The Roughest Weeks Ever For America's Favorite Sport

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 11:47 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Wade Goodwyn and it's time for Sports.

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6:40am

Sat September 13, 2014
Animals

Hey-Diddle, A Fiddle And A Moon-Jumping Cow? NPR Moos Investigates

Originally published on Sat September 13, 2014 3:59 pm

Yes, indeed, cows can leap. Here, Regina Mayer jumps with her cow Luna — yes, Luna — over a hurdle in southern Germany, in 2011.
Kerstin Joensson AP

You know the nursery rhyme:

Hey diddle diddle
The cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

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6:40am

Sat September 13, 2014
Movie Interviews

Medic Returns From Afghanistan To Broken Family In 'Bliss'

Originally published on Sun September 14, 2014 7:23 am

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11:59am

Sat September 6, 2014
Around the Nation

In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:09 pm

More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs.
John Burnett

Language warning: This story contains words some may find offensive.

The Highway Beautification Act will be 50 years old next year. As envisioned by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, it was supposed to protect the natural landscape from billboards.

Ever since its passage, scenic activists and billboard companies have been at war over the views along American highways. The outdoor advertising industry says its signs are informational, and helpful to local businesses. Open-space advocates call them "sky trash" and "litter on a stick."

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9:28am

Sat September 6, 2014
Parallels

Fears Of Sectarian Violence Grow In Baghdad

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:04 pm

A car bomb exploded on Saadoun street in Baghdad on Thursday, killing seven people in a mainly Shia area of Iraq's capital, Voice of America reported. Though violence in the city hasn't reached the levels of 2006, residents worry sectarian conflicts may rise again.
Hadi Mizban AP

The air in the Baghdad morgue is thick with the smell of death. There are perhaps two dozen corpses in black plastic bags lying around in the sweltering heat. One of them is burned and has its face exposed, white teeth stark against charred skin.

"The crisis began in June," says Zaid al Yousif, the director of the Medical Legal Center, which houses the morgue. "The number of victims in June increased, double to triple." Many of those bodies have marks of trauma, including blunt injuries, he says.

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8:45am

Sat September 6, 2014
Simon Says

Cruising Attitude: Recliner Rebellion Building In The Sky

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 3:29 pm

On packed flights, space is at a premium and tempers sometimes flare.
iStockphoto.com

There might be a recliner rebellion going on.

At least three flights have been grounded in little more than a week after passengers had disputes over reclining their seats, or not being able to. On most airlines these days, passengers are packed so close that — insert your favorite Joan Rivers joke here.

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6:50am

Sat September 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Stars Line Up To Reimagine Laura Nyro

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 10:28 am

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6:50am

Sat September 6, 2014
Movie Interviews

Comedians Take A Dark Turn In 'Skeleton Twins'

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 10:28 am

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6:50am

Sat September 6, 2014
Sports

Baseball Playoffs, U.S. Open: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 10:28 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Scott Simon. Where BJ Leiderman writes our theme music and now, including this one - it's time for Sports.

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11:33am

Sat August 30, 2014
Politics

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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11:08am

Sat August 30, 2014
Animals

Making Sure Those Walking Horses Aren't Hurting Horses

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 12:53 pm

Trainer Jimmy McConnell of Shelbyville, Tenn., rides champion walking horse Watch It Now before a 2009 football game in Knoxville, Tenn. Celebrations of the breed's distinctive gait are a 75-year-old tradition, but animal rights activists say that for many of those decades, the walking horse industry has abused animals to get their knees even higher.
Wade Payne AP

In Shelbyville, Tenn., the Tennessee walking horse is an icon and a way of life. For 10 nights in August, thousands of fans cheer from their box seats as well-manicured horses prance around a dirt oval track.

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6:47am

Sat August 30, 2014
Commentary

Why The British Allowed The Rotherham Abuse To Fester

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

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6:47am

Sat August 30, 2014
Music News

Taking The Tuba Above And Beyond The Low End

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

On a new record called Connections: Mind the Gap, tuba player Bob Stewart sums up his career with a showcase of the instrument's versatility.
Courtesy of the artist

On a hot, humid afternoon, Bob Stewart has called a rehearsal at his Harlem apartment. Six musicians are in a circle in the living room — on one side, trumpet and trombone; on the other, cello, viola and violin; and in the middle, the elephant in the room — Stewart's tuba.

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