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 - 10:00 AM

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Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin is NPR's National Security Correspondent, covering military and intelligence issues. During 2012, Martin is taking leave of her correspondent duties to fill in as host of Weekend Edition Sunday, while permanent host Audie Cornish fills an assignment as host of All Things Considered.
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 US wars and the effectiveness of the Pentagon's counterinsurgency strategy. Martin also reported extensively on the changing demographic of the US... Read More...

Susan Giles Wantuck

Susan Giles Wantuck is a host, producer and reporter for WUSF Public Media who focuses her storytelling on arts and culture. She also serves as the host for Evening Masterwork, weekdays on Classical WSMR 89.1 and in Tampa at 103.9.
She is a lifelong resident with family roots that stretch back in Florida before it garnered statehood. Susan holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from USF. Her work has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

From Weekend Edition (Sunday)

  • What Kind Of Parent Are You? The Debate Over 'Free-Range' Parenting
    <p>When a Maryland family let their children walk home alone from a park, it drew the authorities' attention and helped spark a national conversation. Two moms with differing views weigh in.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402226053">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Remembering The Doomed First Flight Of Operation Babylift
    <p>In 1975, the first flight of orphans out of Vietnam made a crash landing, and many died. Forty years later, some of the survivors have reconnected, helping to lessen their lingering grief.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402208267">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case
    <p>In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402353855">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Fruit Loops And Crying Travelers: The Trials Of Flight Attendants
    <p>On this week's travel segment, Wingin' It!, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gailen David, a flight attendant for more than 20 years, about what life is really like up in the air.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402353794">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Pakistani Activists Mourn Slain Bookstore Owner
    <p>On Friday, gunmen killed prominent Pakistani women's rights activist and book store owner Sabeen Mahmud. At a book fair in Karachi, colleagues are mourning her loss.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402353767">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry
    <p>In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection <em>The Little Edges</em>. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402029556">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A Puzzle As Easy As Falling Off A Log
    <p>Every answer to today's puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402002732">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Detroit Bulks Up With New Classic Muscle Cars
    <p>Muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s, with their oversized engines and racing stripes, hit the skids when oil prices soared. But in Detroit, some are calling now the new golden era of the muscle car.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402353862">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • In San Jose, The Public Has An Eye On Police Conduct
    <p>Judge LaDoris Cordell is the independent police auditor for the city of San Jose, Calif. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how civilian review of the police works in her town.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402353848">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Number Of The Week: Migrants En Route To Europe
    <p>For this Number of the Week, FiveThirtyEight.com's Mona Chalabi looks into the story of migrants trying to get to Europe — how many attempt the crossing, where they cross, how much it costs and more.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=402353841">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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