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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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Last updated: Friday, March 27 2015 03:58 PM

Qatar Digital Library Preserves The Music Of A Vanishing Past

Sunday, March 22 2015 01:50 PM

The tiny, super-rich state of Qatar takes pride in its modernity, with its gleaming skyscrapers and lucrative gas fields. But it is also investing in a huge history project.

Decades Before YouTube, Video Pioneers Captured Turbulent Era

Sunday, March 22 2015 12:51 PM

In the pre-digital age, shooting video was unwieldy and expensive. But in the late 1960s, storytellers calling themselves "Videofreex" used the first portable video recorders to film a changing world.

It's Not a Junk Drawer. It's An Archive Of An Interesting Life

Sunday, March 22 2015 12:08 PM

When spring emerges, it's time to clean, but one place might get a pass: the junk drawer. Consumer psychologist Kit Yarrow says maybe that's OK.

Actual Dramatic Comebacks Are Rare In NCAA Tournament

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

The first March Madness upset came last night, when number one seed Villanova lost to N.C. State. Mike Pesca, host of Slate's "The Gist" podcast, explains the drama to NPR's Rachel Martin.

Two-Time MVP Steve Nash Retires From NBA

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

After 19 years in the NBA, Steve Nash announced that he's retiring. In a letter published in The Player's Tribune, Nash wrote that his years spent with the Phoenix Suns were the time of his life.

NCAA Tournament: N.C. State Shocks No.1-Seed Villanova

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

The NCAA Tournament marked its first March Madness upset — No. 1 seed Villanova lost to North Carolina State Saturday night in Portland, Ore.

In Nigeria, Voters Question President's Advance On Boko Haram

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

Nigerians are asking how government forces were able to rebuff Boko Haram militants so quickly, right before an election. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Ofeibea Quist-Arcton in Lagos.

90 Years After Its Discovery, No Generic Insulin Sold In The U.S.

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

A low-cost version the hormone that controls blood sugar among diabetics is no longer available in the United States. This story first aired March 19 on Morning Edition.

What's Last Comes First

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

For each word given, name another that can follow it to complete a compound word or two-word phrase. The last and first letters of the first word must be the first and second letters of the second.

Twin Shadow Meets His Muse At The Cemetery Gates

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with frontman George Lewis Jr. about his new album, Eclipse.

Author: Kids Need Abundant Connection With Nature

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Scott Sampson about his book, How to Raise a Wild Child, a field guide for getting kids in touch with nature in a tech-centered world.

Gen. Allen: Iran's Involvement Complicates Anti-ISIS Effort

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

Host Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Teri Schultz about her exclusive interview with Gen. John Allen, the man charged with U.S. efforts to counter the self-described Islamic State.

William Electric Black Tackles Gun Violence In 5 Ambitious Plays

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

William Electric Black, the first African American writer for Sesame Street and winner of several Emmys, has a new project: a five-play cycle on gun violence.

Patients Freeze Scalps To Save Hair During Chemo

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

When Brandie Saint Claire was diagnosed with throat cancer, she found a treatment that let her keep her hair during chemotherapy. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Saint Claire about using cold caps.

Afghan President Makes First Official Visit To Washington

Sunday, March 22 2015 11:59 AM

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani comes to Washington looking for help getting through this year's fighting season. With American attention shifting to other conflicts, that could be a tough sell.