Weekend Edition Saturday

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Scott Simon
Dan Greenwood

A weekend morning news magazine covering hard news, a wide variety of news makers, and cultural stories. On Saturdays, Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are clever, informative exchanges, and fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon's interviews with key artists, authors, performers and personalities are always memorable.

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12:57pm

Fri August 26, 2011
Music Interviews

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Carry On

Red Hot Chili Peppers, left to right: drummer Chad Smith, lead singer Anthony Kiedis, new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, bassist Flea.
Ellen Von Unwerth

Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, described his group's music in a 1990 interview as "hard-core, bone-crunching, mayhem psychedelic sex-funk from heaven."

The band has now been together for nearly 30 years, and will release its 10th studio album, I'm With You, this week. Speaking with Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon, Kiedis says the only formula the group has for staying inspired is to keep practicing together.

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8:30am

Fri August 26, 2011
Garden Report

Chrysanthemums an Easy and Delightful Addition to the Garden

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One of the last hurrahs of the garden is hardy mums.  They bloom in a wide range of colors.  They come in a variety of sizes.  They bloom from the plains to the mountains.  And they’re simple to maintain.

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6:30am

Sat August 20, 2011
Opinion

The Poor Lack Personal Responsibility? That's Rich.

I've been thinking, lately, in light of the dim economic news, about the way we view the truly poor.

The first person who comes to mind is my grandmother. I can see her at her kitchen sink, re-using the wax paper, running to turn out a light, skinning squirrels, deer and rabbits her husband shot.

Mabel was poor by any means you measure — alcoholic father, fourth-grade education, no job. She owned nothing until her second widowhood, when she got a small house at age 70.

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6:00am

Sat August 20, 2011
NPR Story

GOP Candidates Take Stands On Shaky Markets

Financial turmoil in Europe and weak economic data in the U.S. were the backdrop for a week of high-profile politicking by several major candidates for president in 2012. NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving joins guest host Jacki Lyden to recap the week in politics.

6:00am

Sat August 20, 2011
NPR Story

Rick Perry's America, Texas-Style

Texas governor Rick Perry was at the center of the political news cycle this week. He's promising to bring Texas-style prosperity to Washington. D.C. NPR's John Burnett takes us around the candidate's home state to see what Perry's supporters and critics think prosperity looks like.

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