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ABOUT WEEKEND EDITION

Saturdays and Sundays, 8am-10am on WGBH 89.7

Weekend Edition from NPR News appreciates the details that make up a story. This two-hour morning newsmagazine covers news, newsmakers, and cultural stories with care, accuracy, and a wink of humor, courtesy of hosts Scott Simon and Liane Hansen.

On Saturdays, Simon's commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are clever, informative exchanges with NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr, and fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon’s interviews with artists, authors, performers, and personalities are often memorable.

On Sundays, Weekend Edition combines the news with arts and human interest stories. With a nod to traditional Sunday habits, the program offers word games and brainteasers with the Puzzlemaster, aka Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times. With Hansen on the sidelines, a caller plays a word game on the air while listeners compete silently at home. The NPR mailbag is proof that the competition to go head-to-head with Shortz is vigorous.

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