Whether revealing events in small-town America or overseas, or profiling notable personalities, Weekend Edition from NPR News appreciates the extraordinary details that make up every story. This two-hour morning newsmagazine covers hard news, a wide variety of newsmakers, and cultural stories with care, accuracy, and a wink of humor, courtesy of hosts Scott Simon and Liane Hansen.
On Saturdays, Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. Clever, information-packed exchanges with NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr, sports columnist Ron Rapoport, gardening guru Ketzel Levine, entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell, and other commentators contribute to the unique feel and personality of the show.
Rain, Cooler Weather Slow Colorado Fire
Nevertheless, the fire that started on Tuesday is being called the most destructive fire in Colorado's history.
Turkish Protesters Refuse To Leave Gezi Park
The Turkish government has offered to avoid bulldozing the park, but protesters say other demands have not been met.
What Whitey Bulger Means To Boston
The infamous Boston mobster Whitey Bulger is on trial after decades of alleged crimes, including 19 murders. Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with Dick Lehr, co-author of "Whitey: The Life of America's Most Notorious Mobster," about the trial.
Are The Protests In Turkey Really About A Park?
Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks to award winning Turkish novelist Elif Shafak about the nature and deeper causes of the protests in Turkey, which erupted two weeks ago.
Flocking To The Fudge Capital
June 16th isn't just Father's Day; it's also National Fudge Day. The first batch of fudge was concocted in Baltimore in the 1880s. By the turn of the century, fudge-making arrived on Mackinac Island in northern Michigan, which today has a legitimate claim as the modern day fudge capital.
Will The Court's Gene Ruling Stifle Bio Innovation?
Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with bioethicist Arthur Caplan of New York University about Thursday's Supreme Court ruling that isolated human genes may not be patented — and the implications for that ruling.
"Music Man" Finds A Home For His Vinyl
Last year Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talked with Music Man Murray in Los Angeles and his struggle to find a home for his huge vinyl album collection. Now Scott has an update, with a happy ending.
Hoops, Hockey Championships Still Undecided
Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with ESPN's Howard Bryant about sports. This week-- hockey's Stanley Cup finals are under way, and after a thrilling three-overtime first game, the Chicago Blackhawks lead the Boston Bruins one game to none. Plus, can the San Antonio Spurs find a way to put down the Miami Heat and win the NBA Championship?
How U.S. Arms Will Reach Syrian Rebels
This week the Obama administration announced it would send weapons to the Syrian rebels, because of credible evidence Syrian government forces had indeed used chemical weapons. Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Deborah Amos about how Syrians are reacting to the news.
Islamabad Reservoir Cools Pakistanis
Summers are swelteringly hot in Pakistan. So, when there's no power for up to 18 hours a day (and you can't afford a generator) what do you do? Head for the nearest lake. NPR's Philip Reeves reports from Lake View Park, on the edge of Islamabad's edge.
NPR's Peabody-Award-winning correspondent Scott Simon brings a well-traveled perspective to his role as host of Weekend Edition Saturday.
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