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Frequently Asked Questions About Soapbox

What is Soapbox?

Weekend Soapbox is a Web companion to Weekend Edition at NPR News. NPR's Weekend Edition airs LIVE on Saturday and Sunday between 8 and 10 a.m. ET. The two shows have a combined listenership of 7 million.

What is Weekend Edition?

Weekend Edition features in-depth news, culture and arts interviews and features.

Weekend Edition Saturday Host Scott Simon, joined NPR in 1977 as chief of its Chicago bureau. Since then, he has reported from all 50 states, covered presidential campaigns and eight wars, and reported from Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. Scott Simon's show on NPR Saturday mornings has over 4 million listeners.

Weekend Edition Sunday Host Liane Hansen, has been the host of NPR's award-winning radio program for more than 19 years. Liane's three million plus listeners turn to the show every Sunday morning to hear politicians, puzzles, artists, scientists, musicians, writers, thinkers, theologians and depend on the show for breaking news events.

Who does the blogging?

Hosts Scott Simon and Liane Hansen as well as Senior Producer Davar Iran Ardalan and the Weekend Edition Staff. NPR Correspondents also blog occasionally.

How often do you post new entries to the podcast and blog?

We try to post at least once a day, Wednesday through Sunday.

Who can comment?

Do I need to sign up to be eligible to post comments?

Can I only comment about the blog?

Comments should be on topic for each blog.

Do you have rules about what can or cannot be said in the comments?

Yes, we do. Please see our guidelines for commenting.

What if I have a question or comment about Weekend Edition, but it's something not related to Weekend Soapbox?

For WESUN or WESAT questions not related to the topics discussed on this blog, please use NPR's "Contact Us" form and select Weekend Edition Saturday or Sunday.

Will blog comments be read on the air?
It's possible — all public comments are fair game for air. If you'd like your comment to be kept private, send it to us via the "Contact Us" form and specify it's not for air.

Can I link to Soapbox?

Will you link to my blog?
Probably not, unless it's related to something we're doing on the show.