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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.

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Latest Stories from Weekend Edition Sunday

Last updated: Tuesday, September 23 2014 12:35 AM

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

Sunday, September 21 2014 03:10 PM

Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.

MLB Division-Clinchers, NCAA Football Trouble: The Week In Sports

Sunday, September 21 2014 01:46 PM

As the MLB enters the home stretch, four divisions have winners. In NCAA football, Slate.com's Mike Pesca tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn that Florida looks good in spite of Jameis Winston's suspension.

Stuck In The Middle With Clues

Sunday, September 21 2014 12:06 PM

Given a five-letter word, insert two new letters between the second and third letters of the given word to complete a common seven-letter word.

Womack Returns To The Spotlight With 'The Way I'm Livin' '

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

Grammy-winning country singer Lee Ann Womack has a new album. NPR's Wade Goodwyn, a fellow Texan, speaks with her about The Way I'm Livin'.

Lodging Like A High-End Health Club

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

In Norwalk, Conn., a new hotel focusing on fitness targets business travelers who want to stick to healthy routines while on the road. It's a new niche for the hospitality industry.

Afghan Presidential Candidates Sign Power-Sharing Agreement

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

When the Afghan presidential elections were held, each candidates proclaimed himself the winner. Correspondent Sean Carberry tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn a power-sharing deal has been hammered out.

Syrian Refugees Flood Turkish Border

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are fleeing fighting between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State militants. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks to correspondent Deb Amos from the border about the crisis.

Study Pits Head Strength Of Crossworders And Scrabblers

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

Michael Toma of Claremont University has looked into the differing cognitive abilities of crossword puzzle experts versus Scrabble aficionados. NPR's Wade Goodwyn discovers the differences.

She Found Love, But Still Seeks A Storybook Ending

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

Storycorps' Outloud series tells stories from the LGBT community. We hear about one woman in Alabama who left her husband for another woman. She was cast out of her church and lost her children.

How Drones Changed Modern Warfare

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to retired Air Force Gen. David Deptula and author Richard Whittle about Whittle's new book, Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution.

Climate Marchers Try To Build Momentum For 2015

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

Tens of thousands of people demanding action on climate change are expected to march in New York City, ahead of the UN Climate Summit. Joel Rose speaks with NPR's Wade Goodwyn from the protests.

Boys Puzzle Through Twists And Turns In 'Maze Runner'

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.

Jargon-Free History Of The Universe Finds Beauty In Ordinary Words

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don't need jargon. He tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn he's compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.

U.S. Launches Media Campaign To Counter ISIS Videos

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

The Islamic State is posting graphic violent images on social media to recruit fighters. NPR's Wade Goodwyn speaks with the State Department's Alberto Fernandez about the U.S.'s aggressive response.

Adding Color To 'The Great White Way'

Sunday, September 21 2014 11:45 AM

NPR's Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway's landscape, and whether it matters.