Weekend Edition Saturday

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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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6:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Sports

Chicago Dominates The Week In Sports

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

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6:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Author Interviews

Shriver Finds Wisdom Among The Intellectually Disabled

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

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6:49am

Sat November 15, 2014
Remembrances

Mayor Jane Byrne: 'No One Else Had The Guts'

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

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11:33am

Sat November 8, 2014
Asia

North Korea Releases Two Americans Held In Captivity

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 12:09 pm

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9:34am

Sat November 8, 2014
StoryCorps

Behind A Soldier's Suicidal Thoughts, An Unknown Brain Injury

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

Former Army Sgt. Ryan Sharp sat down with his father, Kirk Sharp, to talk about what happened when Ryan returned home after two tours in Iraq.
StoryCorps

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

When Sgt. Ryan Sharp returned from serving two tours in Iraq with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division, he didn't know he had a traumatic brain injury.

All he knew, and all his family knew, was that he was deeply depressed. He would talk about ending his life.

During a StoryCorps interview in Lincoln, Neb., his father, Kirk Sharp, asked if Ryan remembered any of those suicidal conversations.

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9:26am

Sat November 8, 2014
Politics

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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6:41am

Sat November 8, 2014
Sports

Rice Case Could Force Changes In NFL Discipline

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer and it is time for Sports.

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6:41am

Sat November 8, 2014
Space

Still Unknown In Virgin Space Crash: How Pilot Got Out

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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6:41am

Sat November 8, 2014
Europe

Catalonia Readies For Sunday's Independence Vote

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 11:33 am

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1:43pm

Sat November 1, 2014
Author Interviews

'Comedy Is Extraordinarily Difficult': John Cleese On Being Funny

Originally published on Sun November 30, 2014 4:40 pm

John Cleese got his first big break in London's West End and as a script writer and performer on The Frost Report.
Andy Gotts Courtesy of Crown Publishing

John Cleese is a big, tall, stiff-upper-lipped international symbol of British wit. He's made us laugh in Fawlty Towers and movies including Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, A Fish Called Wanda, and, recently, as the exasperated master of spycraft — Q — who gives James Bond some of his best toys to break.

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1:31pm

Sat November 1, 2014
It's All Politics

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers Is No GOP Bench Warmer

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington gave the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address in 2014. She's set to easily win re-election to a sixth term next week.
Susan Walsh AP

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is one of the most powerful politicians in America. She's the top-ranking woman in the House GOP, and her political ambitions and trajectory have been debated everywhere from Capitol Hill to the pages of Glamour magazine. But when she walks into locally owned businesses like Maid Naturally in Spokane, Wash., she's just Cathy.

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12:07pm

Sat November 1, 2014
Animals

In Texas, The World's Biggest Bat Colony Is Saved From City Sprawl

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 2:39 pm

The Bracken Bat Cave outside San Antonio is home to millions of bats. Here, a few of them emerge from the colony in 2011.
Eric Gay AP

Down a narrow gravel drive and a short walk past cactus and scrub cedars outside San Antonio is a gaping, dark cave mouth, 60 feet wide, nestled at the bottom of a steep hill.

This is the Bracken Bat Cave. Each night at 7:30, millions of bats spiral out of the deep cave and streak off toward the darkening Southern sky.

Thanks to a $20 million deal signed Friday by San Antonio, conservation groups and a local developer, the night sky around the cave will stay dark, and the mother and baby bats inside will have a buffer between them and the hazards of city sprawl.

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11:48am

Sat November 1, 2014
Middle East

A Taliban Hostage's Story: Educating Children Who Have No Teachers

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:02 pm

Professor Ajmal Khan was held captive in South Waziristan, the Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan where the Taliban holds power.
B.K. Bangash AP

A compelling Facebook photo shows an old man wearing spectacles and a shawl. He's standing in front of a cracked mud wall. Most of his face is filled by a huge, dusty-looking white beard. He looks tired and sad.

Only the man's family and friends would know that he is not, in fact, a weather-beaten mountain tribesman, but the vice chancellor of one of the most distinguished universities in Pakistan.

This picture of professor Ajmal Khan, posted on the Web by his supporters, was printed by a newspaper when he was freed, after spending four years as a hostage of the Taliban.

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11:15am

Sat November 1, 2014
Parallels

For Palestinians, A Bridge-Building Bus Trip To Israel Turns Sour

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 12:59 pm

Israel's West Bank separation barrier, shown here with the Jewish settlement Maale Adumim in the background, symbolizes the division between two societies that had much more interaction a generation ago.
Ahmad Gharabli AFP/Getty Images

When the Israelis and the Palestinians were trying to make peace back in the 1990s, one of the buzzwords was "normalization," the attempt by both sides to learn to live together.

But in these days of ceaseless friction, normalization has become something of a dirty word, particularly for Palestinians. Nearly 50 Palestinians from the West Bank encountered these bitter sentiments when they went to Israel for an unusual one-day trip last week.

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9:40am

Sat November 1, 2014
Fine Art

'Ciao, Carpaccio!' Painter's Reputation No Longer Sliced Thin

Originally published on Sat November 1, 2014 1:25 pm

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