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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Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Previously, she served as an NPR international correspondent covering South America and was based out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She's also served as an NPR correspondent based in Israel, reporting on stories happening throughout the Middle East. She was one of the first reporters to enter Libya after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising began and spent months painting a deep and vivid portrait of a country at war. Often at great personal risk, Garcia-Navarro captured history in the making with stunning insight, courage and humanity.

For her work covering the Arab Spring, Garcia-Navarro was awarded a 2011... Read More...

From Weekend Edition (Sunday)

  • Rio's Carnival Is A Glitter-Filled Euphoria, Even If Brazil's Government Is Not
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/02/19/img_2495_wide-fadea8312bbc05b3e8a6b96c557e1433c4f55e72.jpg?s=600' alt='People enjoy an informal parade before carnival in Rio's Zona Central.'/><p>Amid the parties and celebrations of Rio de Janeiro's carnival lie the political satire and protest. To see this, you just need to look at the costumes.</p><p>(Image credit: Philip Reeves/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516134840' />
  • A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration
    <p>Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.</p><p>(Image credit: Frank Morris/KCUR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516016940' />
  • In 'Things We Lost,' Argentina's Haunted History Gets A Supernatural Twist
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/02/17/2017-02-16-things-we-lost-in-the-fire-mcarrasquero-01_wide-85491c695c42b752144aa245d71afb87d3fbad16.jpg?s=600' alt='Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez'/><p>The country's military dictatorship ended decades ago, but author Mariana Enriquez says there's still "a ghostly quality to everyday life" there.</p><p>(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=515773022' />
  • After 21 Nominations, Will Sound Mixer Kevin O'Connell Finally Win His Oscar?
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2017/02/17/img_8245-dhfinal-_wide-c3e1d662d6816fad8100e72f943ab943b50f8ebd.jpg?s=600' alt='Re-recording mixer Kevin O'Connell earned his 21st Oscar nomination for Hacksaw Ridge. According to the Academy, he holds the record for most Oscar nominations without a single win.'/><p>O'Connell earned nominations for work on <em>Top Gun, Transformers, Armageddon</em> and many more. Losing streaks are never fun, but O'Connell seems at peace. "It hasn't been the right time for me," he says.</p><p>(Image credit: Danny Hajek/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=515770382' />
  • Why NASA Is Exploring An Alien World In Antarctica
    <p>Covered in ice and filled with bubbling lava, the Antarctic volcano Mount Erebus is the perfect proxy for an alien world. That's why NASA's Aaron Curtis travels there to test space exploration robots.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516064742' />
  • A Foster Parent For Terminally Ill Children
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Los Angeles foster parent Mohamed Bzeek. He takes care of terminally ill foster children and tends full-time to their medical needs.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516064735' />
  • Imagining The Present As The Future Of The 1950s
    <p>Elan Mastai grew up fascinated by the 1950s sci-fi books. He talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his novel <em>All Our Wrong Todays</em> that imagines a world with jet packs and flying cars.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516064728' />
  • Brazilians Prepare For Carnival, And Its Grueling Test Of Physical Endurance
    <p>More than 2 million people dance and drink, day and night, for Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. All that pleasure involves quite a bit of pain. Ask the samba superathletes in 7-inch heels.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516064721' />
  • Republican Rep. Mark Sanford Discusses His South Carolina Town Hall
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Mark Sanford, a House Republican from South Carolina, about his town hall meeting on Saturday.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516064714' />
  • New York Republican Rep. Tom Reed Faces Angry Crowds
    <p>Angry constituents have recently packed GOP town halls to voice their concerns about health care and Trump. On Saturday, Rep. Tom Reed attended four town halls in his southern New York district.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=516064707' />

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