Weekend Edition Saturday

Saturday Mornings 6 to 9 a.m.
Scott Simon
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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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7:27am

Sat May 21, 2011
Space

Aboard The Space Station, It's A Beautiful World

A recent view of Earth from the International Space Station.
NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour launched its final mission this week, a 16-day mission at the International Space Station. It's the second-to-last mission scheduled for the space shuttle program before it comes to an end later this year.

This trip has added significance for shuttle commander Mark Kelly. His wife, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is continuing her recovery from a gunshot wound received in an attack in January. She traveled to Florida to watch the launch before returning to Houston for more surgery.

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7:26am

Sat May 21, 2011
Author Interviews

'The Influencing Machine' Traces Myths Of The Media

Brooke Gladstone has served as senior editor for NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and All Things Considered. She is currently host and managing editor of NPR and WNYC's On The Media.
W.W. Norton & Co.

Once a week, journalist Brooke Gladstone can be heard reporting on the state of journalism on her radio show, On The Media. Now, the former Weekend Edition editor has a book out that asks difficult questions about the future of journalism, and then literally draws the answers out for you.

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7:17am

Sat May 21, 2011
Around the Nation

Louisiana Refinery, Residents Gird Against Flood

The National Guard constructed a 2-mile temporary levee around the ALON USA refinery in Krotz Springs, La., and a neighborhood on the south side of town.
Jeff Brady NPR

In Krotz Springs, La., preparations continue as residents wait for an expected flood below the Morganza Spillway.

The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources says there are 592 oil- and gas-producing wells in the path the water is expected to follow down the Atchafalaya Basin.

"Operators are typically reporting that they are making preparations as they would for a hurricane event," says department spokeswoman Anna Dearmon.

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5:53pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Songs We Love

Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On': Songs We Love

Rob Verhorst Redferns/Getty

Marvin Gaye's masterpiece What's Going On turns 40 on Saturday. Click the link above to hear Gaye biographer David Ritz evaluate the album and its legacy on Weekend Edition Saturday.

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4:25pm

Fri May 20, 2011
Music Interviews

Gip's Place: A Blues Lover's Dream

Owner Henry Gipson (aka Mr. Gip) addresses the crowd at Gip's Place in Bessemer, Ala.
Patrick Barry Courtesy of Blue Llama Studios

In a residential neighborhood in Bessemer, Ala. — about 20 miles from Birmingham — sits a blues lover's dream: an honest-to-goodness juke joint. Gip's Place is one of a precious few musical roadhouses still hanging on in this country.

You hear Gip's Place before you ever spot it. Tucked away down a small ravine with no sign out front and some old Christmas lights strung about, you really have to work to find Gip's. The town of Bessemer has tried to help out a bit by putting up orange detour signs, which eventually lead you to the place, and to Mr. Gip.

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