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.

Sunday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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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)

  • 'A Shocking Development' In The Long Struggle To Hold On To Kunduz
    <p>The U.S. and NATO have spent years in Kunduz, Afghanistan, building communities to keep insurgents out. Two who were there 12 years ago describe how it felt this week when the Taliban retook the city.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445681727">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic
    <p>Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445086331">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • In Remote Colombia, Prospects For Peace Are Clouded By Corruption
    <p>The country's president and insurgents have pledged to sign a treaty, ending the Americas' longest-running conflict. But peace relies on small-town mayors, whose campaigns are often founded on favors.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445271735">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Hillary Clinton Practices Her Trump Impression On SNL
    <p>As the presidential campaign season heats up, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton made an appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751171">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Eager To Leave Croatian Camp, Migrants Await Registration
    <p>More than 90,000 migrants have passed through Croatia in the last two weeks. Authorities are registering them and immediately sending to the Hungarian border, which Hungary plans to soon close.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751164">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Cases To Watch As Supreme Court Resumes Session
    <p>Nina Totenberg speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what to expect from the new session of the Supreme Court, which begins each year on the first Monday in October.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751150">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Mass Shooting Spotlights Bernie Sanders' Stance On Gun Control
    <p>Sanders' campaign in the Democratic presidential primary race has excited many progressives. But the big issue of the moment is gun control, where his views diverge with many liberals.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751143">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • New Take On Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David's Story
    <p>Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751136">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Colombia Government, Guerrillas To Reach Peace Agreement
    <p>Colombia's government and Marxist guerrillas, with help from the pope, have agreed to end their 50-year armed conflict. Reporter John Otis discusses the country's prospects with NPR's Rachel Martin.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751128">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Hijab-Wearing Model Appears In H&M Ad, A First For Fashion Giant
    <p>When H&M put a Muslim girl in a headscarf in an online ad this summer, it prompted celebration among Hijabi fashionistas. Is it a sign that the public is more open to Muslim culture?</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=445751121">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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