Weekend Edition Saturday
Weekend Edition Saturday

Despite Its Beauty, Cuba Isn't Quite Ready For Tourists

When NPR's Scott Simon has visited Cuba, he saw two economies — one for tourists and one for residents. He reflects on whether the thaw between the U.S. and Cuba can really transform that country.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Hollywood Pros Fear A Chilling Effect After Sony Bows To Hackers

Some in the entertainment industry are wondering if they'll have to be careful now about the stories they tell or the jokes they make in the wake of Sony's withdrawal of The Interview.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Snail So Hardcore It's Named After A Punk Rocker

Inspired by the snails' spiky shells and acid-loving nature, researchers named the new species Alviniconcha strummeri, after Clash frontman Joe Strummer.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Cubans Blame Their Woes On The U.S. Embargo

Cubans are cautiously optimistic about the normalization of ties with the United States, but their daily lives won't change much until the embargo lifts.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Author: Cuban Dissidents Feel Betrayed By Obama's Action

In the wake of the announcement that the U.S. is restoring relations with Cuba, some Cuban exiles are wary. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Cuban-American author Carlos Eire about his reaction to the news.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Wexford Carols Brings Irish Holiday Relics To Life

A new Christmas music collection resurrects Irish carols from the 17th century. NPR's Scott Simon talks to singer Caitriona O'Leary and producer Joe Henry about songs both sacred and political.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Turner Was A Brute, But He Painted With Romantic Radiance

One of Britain's best-loved artists, J.M.W. Turner, has been brought to life on the big screen. A new film paints him as an occasionally boorish man who turns out incandescent work.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Bridwell Created A Big Red Dog That Grew With Readers' Love

Norman Bridwell, the beloved creator of the classic children's book character, Clifford the Big Red Dog, died last week. NPR's Scott Simon remembers the author.

Weekend Edition Saturday

What A Thaw In Cuba Relations Means For Baseball

Is it viva la baseball, now that President Obama has softened the U.S. stance toward Cuba? ESPN's Howard Bryant tells NPR's Scott Simon not to expect Cuba to throw open the doors to the MLB just yet.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Kurdish Troops Free Yazidis, But Major Battles Remain

With the help of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi Kurdish forces have made significant advances against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Youth Who Led Tunisia's Uprising Frustrated With Pace Of Change

The Arab Spring began in Tunisia in 2011 with the ousting of a dictator, but youth in that country seem unenthusiastic about elections on Sunday.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Obama: Sony Should Have Talked To Him Before Pulling 'The Interview'

The FBI has concluded North Korea was responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. NPR's Scott Simon talks with White House correspondent Scott Horsley about what happens now.

Weekend Edition Saturday

3-D Scanning Sonar Brings Light To Deep Ocean Shipwrecks

In San Francisco Bay, researchers are using new technology to investigate shipwrecks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with James Delgado, director of Maritime Heritage at NOAA, about what they've found.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Designing State Symbols For The World's Newest Country

From flags to currency, a new country needs new symbols. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Anne Quito, who traveled to the world's newest country, South Sudan, to observe as they designed theirs.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Literate London Cabbie's Favorite Books For 2014

Every year, well-read London cabbie Will Grozier joins NPR's Scott Simon to talk books. In 2014, he recommends the writing of a fellow taxi driver, and a new take on World War I.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Excavation Reveals Regular Citizens Who Really Ran Ancient Egypt

A team of archaeologists from Brigham Young University has uncovered an Egyptian cemetery that may have upwards of 1 million graves. NPR's Scott Simon explains they were commoners — not pharaohs.

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