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  • 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.

Drawing on his experience in covering 10 wars and stories in all 50 states and seven continents, Simon brings a humorous, sophisticated and often moving perspective to each show. He is as comfortable having a conversation with a major world leader as he is talking with a Hollywood celebrity or the guy next door.

Weekend Edition Saturday has a unique and entertaining roster of other regular contributors. Marin Alsop, conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, talks about music. Daniel Pinkwater, one of the biggest names in children's literature, talks about and reads stories with Simon. Financial journalist Joe Nocera follows the economy. Howard Bryant of EPSN.com and NPR's Tom Goldman chime in on sports. Keith Devlin, of Stanford University, unravels the mystery of math, and Will Grozier, a London cabbie, talks about good books that have just been released, and what well-read people leave in the back of his taxi. Simon contributes his own award-winning essays, which are sometimes humorous, sometimes poignant.

Weekend Edition Saturday is heard on NPR Member stations across the United States, and around the globe on NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world.

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Barry is now a hurricane as it makes landfall on Louisiana's coast to the west of New Orleans. The storm is expected to dump more than a foot of rain in some places and cause flash flooding. NPR's Debbie Elliott is in New Orleans. Debbie, thanks so much for being with us.

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People in a large part of Louisiana are doing what they've done many times before, riding out a powerful storm. Barry is now a hurricane as it moves into the south-central part of the state. The ground has been saturated by heavy rains. There's real fear of storm surges and flooding. More than 50,000 people are currently without power.

David Hanagriff is president of St. Mary Parish. The storm's on track to make landfall there. Mr. President, thanks so much for being with us.

DAVID HANAGRIFF: Yes. My welcome - my pleasure, please.

Latest On Tropical Storm Barry

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New Orleans is braced for the arrival of Barry, which may be near hurricane strength by the time it comes ashore Saturday.

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We've asked you to tell us about your signature song, the song that's become almost a part of you. Today, we hear from Toby Lineaweaver from Woods Hole, Mass. His story starts in the summer of 1973 when he was 19.

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Cardi B Can't Trademark 'Okurrr'

Jul 6, 2019

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has ruled it is not OK for rapper Cardi B to trademark one of her signature catchphrases.

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CARDI B: Okurrr.

MONTAGNE: One more time.

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Stand-up comedian Brian Regan has been on the road performing almost nonstop since the 1980s.

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BRIAN REGAN: I'm trying to go to more parties. I'm not good at them. I'm not good at talking to people, which might sound weird in this setting.

(LAUGHTER)

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Let's say you want to help stop global warming and kick your gasoline habit.

You buy an electric car. And then you go to charge it up and you think: Wait, where's this electricity coming from?

Nationwide, 60% of it comes from power plants burning coal and natural gas, belching carbon dioxide. And across the country, energy experts are trying to figure out what might persuade these electric utilities to change.

'One Day At A Time' Renewed On New Network

Jun 29, 2019

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Sitcom fans got some good news this week.

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GLORIA ESTEFAN: (Singing) This is it. This is life, the one you get. So go and have a ball.

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