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)

  • NASCAR Driver Tony Stewart Revved Up To Treat Fans To His Final Drive
    <p>The man some NASCAR racing fans call the last of the 'old school' drivers is retiring soon. Tony Stewart is known for his aggressive and controversial style.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135801' />
  • Derek Brown Redefines The Notion Of A One-Man-Band On His New CD 'Beatbox Sax'
    <p>NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with musician Derek Brown about his new album Beatbox Sax. Brown squeezes sounds out of his instrument that sound more like stand up bass, than saxophone.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135794' />
  • Decades After His Death, Max Beckmann Returns To New York
    <p>On sunny December day in Manhattan, the great German painter had been on his way to an exhibit featuring his latest self-portrait when he died. Now, that painting is back in the city where he left it.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=497999443' />
  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Cycling On The Sidewalk
    <p>People can be found riding bicycles on sidewalks around the country. But should sidewalks double as bike lanes?</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=496865680' />
  • 'Nobody's Son': A Memoir Of Childhood, Emigration And A Mother's Love
    <p>NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to author Mark Slouka's about his new memoir "Nobody's Son." It chronicles his family's life in 1940s Czechoslovakia, their emigration to Pennsylavnia, and his difficult relationship with his mother.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135780' />
  • Arizona Has Voted Republican In 11 Of Last 12 Elections, Could Clinton Win There?
    <p>NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Joseph Garcia of the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University about how the 2016 Presidential race has become remarkably competitive in Arizona — an historically Republican stronghold.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135773' />
  • What You Need To Know About The Somali Refugee Community In Kansas
    <p>NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to John Birky a Kansas doctor who talks to us about his community's reaction after police foiled a plot to bomb an apartment complex housing Somali refugees.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135766' />
  • Ohio Is One Of The States Still Up For Grabs As Election Nears
    <p>Ohio has long been considered the ultimate bellwether — and it's one of the most contested battleground states in the country. As Hillary Clinton pulls ahead in other key states, we'll look at why the race continues to be so tight there.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135759' />
  • With 3 Weeks To Election, Where Does Trump Stand With GOP Support?
    <p>Both campaigns are using the last three weeks of the presidential race to make their case to the American people. It's time for closing arguments. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Mara Liasson.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135752' />
  • Why Latina Women Are Earning Significantly Less Than White Men
    <p>Mary Louise Kelly speaks to Vicki Shabo, Vice President of the National Partnership for Women and Families on the wage gap for women who are Latina.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=498135745' />

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