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)

  • Fyre Festival Documentary Shows 'Perception And Reality' Of Infamous Concert Flop
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/01/12/fyre_pr_still_jetski_wide-05b4d675ff96504c029e4d1b12ec64e79af59351.jpg?s=600' alt='Billy McFarland in a screenshot from FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened. '/><p>In 2017, the Fyre Music Festival was billed as an exclusive event in the Bahamas. The reality was very different. Director Chris Smith tells the behind-the-scenes story in a new Netflix documentary.</p><p>(Image credit: Netflix)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684887614' />
  • 'Whatever It Takes': Government Workers Apply For Unemployment As Shutdown Drags On
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/01/11/gettyimages-1074601326_wide-67ca65f5a7629810829041d4be21e7b592479a00.jpg?s=600' alt='A sign outside the National Archives in Washington, D.C. informs visitors on Dec. 22, 2018 that the building is closed due to the ongoing government shutdown.'/><p>Workers are now missing paychecks for the first time since the partial government shutdown began. That's causing many of them to do what once seemed unthinkable — apply for unemployment.</p><p>(Image credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684553141' />
  • Sunday Puzzle: A Capital Challenge
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/01/11/sundaypuzzle-widecrop_wide-de21fda1a309655b5711134733dd65fa0da0b4bb.jpg?s=600' alt='Sunday Puzzle'/><p>NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play a word game with Tova Tenenbaum of Philadelphia.</p><p>(Image credit: NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684551467' />
  • Pompeo Meets With Saudi Crown Prince During Diplomatic Tour
    <p>The Saudi kingdom has been a longtime U.S. ally, but the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi has angered many Americans. Pompeo will meet with the Saudi Crown Prince on Sunday.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894803' />
  • Small Bridal Boutique Celebrates Wedding Dresses And Wheelchairs
    <p>A window display at a small bridal shop in Portishead, England, went viral on social media for featuring a mannequin wearing a wedding dress while in a wheelchair.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894928' />
  • After 100 Years, A Look Back At Boston's Great Molasses Flood Of 1919
    <p>A river of hot, sugary molasses flooded part of a Boston neighborhood 100 years ago, killing 21 people and injuring dozens. The tragedy led to new safety regulations.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894921' />
  • Myanmar's Leader Remains Silent As Court Rejects Appeal By Two Reuters Journalists
    <p>Last week, two Reuters reporters serving prison time in Myanmar learned that an appeal to overturn their sentences has failed. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894914' />
  • 'This Is Our Life': LA Teachers' Union Set To Strike For Better Conditions, More Resources
    <p>On Monday, more than 30,000 Los Angeles teachers could go on strike — the result of failed negotiations between the LA teachers' union and school district. Half a million students would be affected.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894907' />
  • Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro Announces 2020 Democratic Presidential Bid
    <p>The Democratic presidential field grew this weekend with the entry of former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. Many more candidates appear to be finalizing their campaign plans.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894900' />
  • Shutdown Could Have Long-Term Effects On Wildfire Disaster Response
    <p>Firefighters and forest managers are losing valuable time to prepare for the upcoming wildfire season. It's one of the long-term impacts of the government shutdown as it continues to linger on.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=684894893' />