Weekend Edition Saturday

Saturday at 6 a.m.
  • Hosted by 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.

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The dreamscape of California has looked like a hellscape this week. California, America's Golden State — "Warm, palmy air — air you can kiss ..." wrote Jack Kerouac — has had choking air, scalding heat and surreal orange skies.

California has been the dreamland of so many who hope to strike it rich or start over, a state of mind, as well as a state: a place for fresh starts, freeways and free love.

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President John F. Kennedy said America's national parks exist so future generations may know the majesty of the Earth, just as they know BJ Leiderman writes our theme music. But some contemporary visitors to America's national parks are persnickety critics. They leave one-star reviews online the way you might do for some pizza delivery place that doesn't put on enough pepperoni for some tastes. One artist is using these critical comments to frame her own version of vintage travel posters. Daniel Rayzel of member station KSJD has the story.

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And it's time for sports.

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SIMON: The U.S. Open continues, the Stanley Cup playoffs rise to an icy crescendo - I worked on that phrase - and remembering a great pitcher.

Now and then, two news stories rub up against each other and strike sparks.

This week David Blaine, the magician and illusionist, strapped himself to 52 helium-filled balloons, lifted off into the big, blue skies above Arizona's Great Basin Desert and floated. It was something out of a childhood dream.

"I want to go up and become a tiny dot in the sky," he had told the New York Post.

A Salute To Ken Krall And Polka

Aug 29, 2020

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The greatest athletes know: Children are watching. They see them in the stands and on the streets, wearing small versions of their jerseys. They hear them shouting their names. They know from their own lives how children can see sports figures as heroes — and imitate how they play, walk and talk — and what they do.

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Chadwick Boseman has died. The actor who played the Black Panther, Jackie Robinson and other heroes was 43 and died four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

NPR's Mandalit del Barco reports.

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