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)

  • At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy
    <p>The rituals of caring for the remains of service members are carried out with special grace by the staff at Dover Air Force Base. "We believe in what we're doing here," says one. "We love them."</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408531645">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President
    <p>One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409190235">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • 'How Could You Not Know You Were Pregnant?'
    <p>Brittany Ohman got pregnant in high school, and didn't realize it till she went into labor in her freshman dorm. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her surprise pregnancy and her son, James.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409038559">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • NFL Aims To Spice Up Games With Tweak To Extra Point Rules
    <p>An NFL rule change has been called "the biggest change to NFL scoring in the league's 95 year history." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca, of Slate's "The Gist" podcast, about what it means for the game.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409210287">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July
    <p>A program that made IUDs accessible to Colorado teenagers is running out of funding. State Rep. Don Coram, a Republican, fought to save it. He credits the initiative with the drop in teen pregnancies.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409210245">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Macedonia Goes On A Baroque Building Binge
    <p>Macedonia is one of the poorest countries in Europe, but it's been on a building spree that includes elaborate buildings and hundreds of statues, including en enormous one of Alexander the Great.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409210151">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration
    <p>Famed American feminist Gloria Steinem has taken her activism to the border between North and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Elise Hu about the demonstration aimed at reunifying two nations.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=409210116">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Single-Named Singers From The Present And Past
    <p>Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408803647">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah
    <p>President Bashar Assad has suffered a series of recent military setbacks. But Hezbollah keeps fighting in alliance with Syria's army, and it scored a recent victory along the border with Lebanon.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408794283">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial
    <p>Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written <em>Loving Day, </em>a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=408791207">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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