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)

  • White Supremacy And Trump
    <p>We look at the participation of far-right extremists at President Trump's 2020 kickoff rally and what this means for his campaign.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735191317' />
  • Sunday Puzzle: Cut From The Same Cloth
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/22/sundaypuzzle-widecrop_wide-de21fda1a309655b5711134733dd65fa0da0b4bb.jpg?s=600' alt='Sunday Puzzle'/><p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and puzzle master Will Shortz play the puzzle this week with Nicole Johnston of Falls Church, Va.</p><p>(Image credit: NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735157288' />
  • Bad Things Happen Out Of The Blue In Sadie Jones' 'The Snakes'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/21/thesnakes_wide-2a2cc5d3a562abbd8100512989c3f5220ec64b37.jpg?s=600' alt='The Snakes by Sadie Jones'/><p>The author says writing this novel was like writing an "anti-murder mystery." Murder mysteries are nice and tidy, she says, but this disturbing morality tale is about unforeseeable tragedy.</p><p>(Image credit: HarperCollins)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=734797178' />
  • 'Alternatino' Star Arturo Castro Wants You To Know You're 'Invited To The Party'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/18/pressalternatino8_wide-9f8889b4a8bb75bbd2c1327b1eba25018ed75664.jpg?s=600' alt='"I'm a boring human being that just happens to have amazing writers to make me look really interesting on television," says Arturo Castro, creator and star of Alternatino.'/><p>"I really want people to know: You don't have to be Latin in order to enjoy the show," says Castro. His sketch comedy series on Comedy Central pokes fun at supposedly woke white people.</p><p>(Image credit: Cara Howe/Comedy Central)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=733747283' />
  • Sunday Politics
    <p>President Trump has promised — and then gone back on — a number of signature actions this past week.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735191233' />
  • The Raconteurs Make Their Return: 'We Have This Chemistry'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/06/21/raconteursapprovedpressphoto3bydavidjamesswansoncopy_wide-f0f4fd359f1183878f7bec25822df143d7b30285.jpg?s=600' alt='The Raconteurs (L-R): Jack Lawrence, Jack White, Patrick Keeler, Brendan Benson'/><p>The Grammy-nominated rock supergroup The Raconteurs are back after 11 years. Jack White and Brendan Benson talk about the band's latest album <em>Help Us, Stranger.</em></p><p>(Image credit: David James Swanson/Courtesy of the artists)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=734801168' />
  • Training Better Robotic Surgeons
    <p>Robot-assisted surgery is minimally invasive and recovery time is shorter. Those are a few reasons why more medical schools are training students how to be better robotic surgeons.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735191310' />
  • Norwegian Island Wants To Be 'Time-Free'
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with Kjell Hveding, a local businessman and entrepreneur who launched the idea of a time-free zone for Sommarøy, Norway.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735191303' />
  • Teach For America's Relationship With Charter Schools
    <p>Teach for America has become a "vital ally" of the charter school movement, according to ProPublica education reporter Annie Waldman. She speaks with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735191296' />
  • Law Professor Describes Poor Conditions Where Migrant Children Are Held
    <p>Migrant children face bleak conditions at detention facilities along the border. Warren Binford, a law professor who visited some of the facilities, speaks to NPR's Lulu Garcia Navarro.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=735191289' />