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)

  • Marlins Pitcher José Fernández Dies In Boating Accident
    <p>The young ace was Major League Baseball's Rookie of the Year in 2013. When he died, he had the second most strikeouts of any pitcher in the National League.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495364882' />
  • Depicting Sexual Predators As Villains In Fiction Is Tricky
    <p>Humbert Humbert, the main character in Lolita, is one of the most famous "sympathetic" villains in history. Today, a story from the point of view of a sexual predator might not get told in literature.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495358007' />
  • Who Hollywood Turns To When Untying The Knot
    <p>When it's time to divorce, Hollywood celebs (like a certain Brad and Angelina) turn to the queen of breakup litigation, Laura Wasser. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Vanity Fair's Julie Miller.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495358000' />
  • President Obama: African-American History Museum Is 'Central To The American Story'
    <p>The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is open to the public after a dedication ceremony on Saturday. President Obama cut the ribbon on the brand new museum.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495357972' />
  • Want To Get An A? Better Know Your Words Backward And Forward
    <p>For each question in this week's puzzle, you'll be given a word ending in the letter A. Anagram each of them to get a familiar word starting with A.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495308799' />
  • Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio
    <p>Carfentanil, a potent variation on fentanyl, is being blamed for a wave of opioid overdoses. In Cincinnati, the coroner, crime lab and first responders are struggling to keep up.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495052633' />
  • Y La Bamba's Luz Elena Mendoza On Valuing One's Voice
    <p>Mendoza says she's often felt caught between cultures. But she's learned to embrace multiple identities simultaneously — and it shows in her music.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=494220787' />
  • Donald Trump's Run Isn't Dampening Ohio Republican Senate Race
    <p>Donald Trump's campaign is not weighing down Republican Senate candidates across the country as Democrats had initially hoped. In Ohio, the GOP Senate candidate has a big lead over the Democrat.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495357993' />
  • Sunday Sports: Baseball Season Stats
    <p>As the baseball season enters the homestretch, Mike Pesca, host of The Gist podcast shares obscure baseball stats and somewhat dubious accomplishments with NPR's Rachel Martin.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495357986' />
  • King County In Seattle Wants To Open Legal Heroin Clinics To Combat Epidemic
    <p>A Washington state county is floating the idea of supervised clinics where people can inject heroin. King County's health officer Jeff Duchin tells NPR's Rachel Martin why he thinks it's a good idea.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=495357979' />

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