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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 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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Latest Stories from Weekend Edition Sunday

Last updated: Thursday, October 02 2014 02:18 AM

The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

Sunday, September 28 2014 04:54 PM

The scientists who study humans and their cultures could help health care professionals treat people who are reasonably, desperately afraid, they argue.

With Savvy And New-Age Speeches, A First Couple Runs Nicaragua

Sunday, September 28 2014 02:53 PM

Daniel Ortega is not the bombastic revolutionary of years past. He's toned down the rhetoric and his wife runs day-to-day operations. Critics say it's not unlike the regime he toppled 30 years ago.

With The End In Sight, Holder Reflects On His Legacy

Sunday, September 28 2014 02:12 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder tells NPR's Carrie Johnson that he's sorry his parents couldn't see Obama's tribute to him on Thursday — and that his greatest regret hit home on a visit to Newtown.

A Puzzle Cheer: Give Me An 'A'!

Sunday, September 28 2014 12:03 PM

This week, we've got clues for two words. Add a long A sound at the end of the first word to phonetically get the second one.

Detroit Salon Finds New Ways To Use Old Hair

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

New businesses in Detroit are helping revitalize the economy. One of those new businesses is the Social Club Grooming Company, a barbershop/salon that promotes sustainability.

'Guests' Is A Story Of Mystery, Manners And Dramatic Love

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to novelist Sarah Waters about her latest book, The Paying Guests. It's a historical novel and a lesbian love story, with a courtroom drama mixed in.

Obama Gets A Political Boost From ISIS Strikes

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

President Obama's approval rating ticked up slightly after launching air strikes in Iraq and Syria. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Mara Liasson about what this could mean for the midterm elections.

Some Democrats At Odds Over Obama's Claim To Airstrike Authority

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

President Obama did not seek permission from Congress to launch airstrikes last week. Legal experts and some lawmakers question how valid his claims for action are.

Album Takes Marty Stuart From Saturday Rock To Sunday Gospel

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

From the honky-tonk to the house of worship, country music legend Marty Stuart's got you covered. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Stuart about his new double album, Saturday Night And Sunday Morning.

A Jetpack That Keeps Its Wearer On The Ground

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

Engineering graduate student Jason Kerestes helped build a jetpack that would make it easier for soldiers to run a four-minute mile. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about the project.

From Glass To Artificial Light: The Innovations That Got Us To 'Now'

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Stephen Johnson about his new book and TV series, How We Got to Now. He looks at six innovations that he thinks shaped the modern world.

Russia Moves To Protect Its 'Information Sovereignty'

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

Russia's parliament, the Duma, approved a bill on Friday that would limit foreign ownership of Russian media to less than 20 percent.

Refugees Find Afghanistan Less Than Hospitable

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

Currently, there are about 100 refugees living in Afghanistan. But the country has no asylum laws, and the refugees are fighting for legal status or resettlement elsewhere.

The Uncertain Nature Of Obama's Arab Coalition

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

A coalition of Arab countries has joined in the U.S. fight against the Islamic State. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Abderrahim Foukara of Al Jazeera about how effective the coalition can be.

The Atlanta Symphony Lockout Continues, Musicians Picket On Peachtree Street

Sunday, September 28 2014 11:35 AM

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was supposed to open its fall season last week but, in a scenario that has become familiar, contentious contract negotiations led to a lockout of musicians.