Weekend Edition Sunday

Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The program has covered news events from Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from a South African prison to the capture of Saddam Hussein. Weekend Edition Sunday debuted on January 18, 1987, with host Susan Stamberg. Two years later, Liane Hansen took over the host chair, a position she held for 22 years. In that time, Hansen interviewed movers and shakers in politics, science, business and the arts. Her reporting travels took her from the slums of Cairo to the iron mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; from the oyster beds on the bayou in Houma, La., to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park; and from the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In January 2012, Rachel Martin began hosting the program. Previously she served as NPR National Security Correspondent and was part of the team that launched NPR's experimental morning news show, The Bryant Park Project. She has also been the NPR religion correspondent and foreign correspondent based in Berlin. Every week listeners tune in to hear a unique blend of news, features and the regularly scheduled puzzle segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times. Weekend Edition Sunday is heard on WUSF and other NPR Member stations across the United States and around the globe via NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world.
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Sunday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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Host:
Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday.

Prior to moving into the host position in the fall of 2012, Martin started as National Security Correspondent for NPR in May 2010. In that position she covered both defense and intelligence issues. She traveled regularly to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Secretary of Defense, reporting on the U.S. wars and the effectiveness of the Pentagon's counterinsurgency strategy. Martin also reported extensively on the changing demographic of the U.S. military – from the debate over whether to allow women to fight in combat units – to the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Her reporting on how the military is changing also took her to... Read More...

From Weekend Edition (Sunday)

  • At An Asylum In Juarez, Mexico, 'We Believe In Hope'
    <p>A recovering drug addict turned pastor runs an ad hoc asylum for Mexico's indigent and mentally ill. In a filthy desert dotted with dumps, the asylum is "a recycling center for human beings."</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420196929">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • What's A Pirate's Least-Favorite Puzzle? One That Hates Arrrrs
    <p>In each pair of clues, the answer to the first clue is a word that contains the consecutive letters A-R. Drop the A-R, and the remaining letters in order will form a word that answers the second clue.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420068093">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • 'Amy' Is A Portrait Of An Artist Whose Life Goes Very Wrong
    <p>A new film by award-winning director Asif Kapadia explores the turbulent life of Amy Winehouse. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with the director about his film, which uses taped interviews and family videos to paint an intimate portrait of the late singer.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237516">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A Dazzling Tune For Summer Driving
    <p>On this week's Wingin' It, journalist and musician Sylvie Simmons talks to NPR's Lynn Neary to share her favorite road trip song, "Bohemian Rhapsody," by Queen.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237503">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • The Week In Sports: The World Cup Conclusion
    <p>England took bronze Saturday in the Women's World Cup. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to Mike Pesca of Slate's The Gist podcast about Sunday's final game to decide who will win gold.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237496">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Scottish Village Bans Bananas For Boat Festival
    <p>A village of Portsoy is reviving an old seamen's superstition by banning bananas during it's annual boat festival. NPR's Lynn Neary talks to festival chairman Roger Goodyear.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237489">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Reforms May Help North Korea Survive An Imminent Drought
    <p>North Korea is facing the worst drought in a century. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with Greg Scarlatoui of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237476">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • With Referendum Looming, Greeks Ponder Their Personal Prospects
    <p>The fate of Greece depends on a yes or no vote. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with elementary teacher Stathis Kirillidis and start-up cofounder Thanos Kosmidis about how the vote could affect their future.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237463">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Diversify Your Playlist And Find The Song Of The Summer
    <p>As of now, there's no frontrunner for Song of the Summer. Ann Powers, NPR Music's critic and correspondent, talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about the open field and some songs that shouldn't be overlooked.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237456">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Sharks Might Not Be To Blame In North Carolina Attacks
    <p>North Carolina beaches usually see one shark attack a summer, if any. This year, they've already seen seven. NPR's Lynn Neary speaks with George Burgess of the International Shark Attack File.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=420237437">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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