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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7:11am

Sat November 1, 2014
Around the Nation

At This Museum, Falling Back An Hour Takes The Whole Weekend

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

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7:11am

Sat November 1, 2014
Sports

Ray Rice Hearing, LeBron James Playing This Week In Sports

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

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

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7:11am

Sat November 1, 2014
News

Jury Finds Tradition Is No Excuse For Brutal Hazing

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

Pam Champion (second from right) and Robert Champion Sr. (right), parents of Robert Champion Jr., listen as the guilty verdict against Dante Martin is read in an Orlando courtroom on Friday.
Red Huber AP

A jury has rejected a defense argument that beatings of Florida A&M University band members were a band tradition. The panel found a former member of marching band guilty of felony hazing and manslaughter in one such beating.

Dante Martin is now looking at a possible sentence of up to 22 years in prison for his role in the death of Robert Champion. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 9.

Called "The Example" by band colleagues, Champion was an accomplished clarinetist, drum major and leader of the "Marching 100."

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12:57pm

Sat October 25, 2014
It's All Politics

Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Originally published on Thu October 30, 2014 10:43 am

Illinois state Rep. Mike Bost argues about gun legislation in 2013. Bost's angry rants have become a campaign issue in his race against Democratic Rep. Bill Enyart for Enyart's U.S. House seat.
Seth Perlman AP

6:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Global Health

Ebola Vaccine Tester Feels A 'Real Satisfaction'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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6:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Movie Interviews

New Shakespeare Movie Puts Hamlet In Kashmir

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Avenge my death - one of the most famous quotes in literature. Now those words are uttered on-screen in a different tongue in another time.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "HAIDER")

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6:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Sports

Royals Take Game 3; Cowboys Surge: The Week In Sports

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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Now why don't we turn to sports?

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6:52am

Sat October 25, 2014
Music Interviews

Oratorio Tackles The Issue Of Leaks From 'The Source'

Originally published on Sat October 25, 2014 10:57 am

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10:34am

Sat October 18, 2014
Author Interviews

424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

Tito is a delightful young man. The world would call him disabled; he's had cerebral palsy since birth, the result of a bungled medical procedure at a hospital in Venice.

Tito was born to Anna and Diogo Mainardi, who is one of Brazil's best-known columnists as well as a novelist and screenwriter.

Tito is dauntless and spirited. He can walk 424 steps before he falls — but he always falls.

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7:42am

Sat October 18, 2014
Simon Says

A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

Dr. Doug Butzier died on duty this week. He was 59 and crashed in his own small plane flying home to Dubuque, Iowa.

Doug Butzier was a former paramedic who put himself through medical school and became chief of the emergency room and medical staff at Mercy Medical Center and the Dubuque Fire Department. An EMS supervisor named Wayne Dow told the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, "We adored him ... He appreciated what we did, and he never forgot where he came from."

Dr. Butzier leaves behind his wife, two sons, and three step-children.

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6:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Sports

Two Wildcard Teams Meet In World Series

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

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BJ Leiderman writes our theme music. Want to hear it?

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6:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Economy

Pritzker Travels Europe And Asia On Commercial Diplomacy Tour

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

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6:46am

Sat October 18, 2014
Asia

Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Originally published on Sat October 18, 2014 2:46 pm

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words. This story air originally on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 10, 2014.

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1:20pm

Sat October 11, 2014
NPR Story

North Korean Leader, Out Of Sight For Weeks

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10:46am

Sat October 11, 2014
Politics

A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 1:20 pm

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform in Washington, D.C., in April. Kobach's challenger, Democrat Jean Schodorf, promises to stay closer to Kansas.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

If you saw Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach meeting with half a dozen supporters in an Kansas bar recently, you might think that he hadn't come all that far from his childhood in Topeka, where his dad owned a Buick dealership.

But this smiling, enthusiastic guy holds degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale, and he's a national stalwart of the anti-immigration movement.

"I have been involved in restoring the rule of law in immigration," he says. "That means trying to stop the lawlessness in the Obama administration, and that also means defending states like Arizona."

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