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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

'A Shocking Development' In The Long Struggle To Hold On To Kunduz

Sunday, October 04 2015 03:47 PM

The U.S. and NATO have spent years in Kunduz, Afghanistan, building communities to keep insurgents out. Two who were there 12 years ago describe how it felt this week when the Taliban retook the city.

In Trove Of Kids' Book Treasures, A Glimpse Of The Work Behind The Magic

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:55 PM

Once a doctor's hobby, the Kerlan Collection is now one of the world's great collections of children's literature. Over 100,000 books offer visitors a chance to see the writer's process — for free.

In Remote Colombia, Prospects For Peace Are Clouded By Corruption

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:32 PM

The country's president and insurgents have pledged to sign a treaty, ending the Americas' longest-running conflict. But peace relies on small-town mayors, whose campaigns are often founded on favors.

Hillary Clinton Practices Her Trump Impression On SNL

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

As the presidential campaign season heats up, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton made an appearance on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

Eager To Leave Croatian Camp, Migrants Await Registration

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

More than 90,000 migrants have passed through Croatia in the last two weeks. Authorities are registering them and immediately sending to the Hungarian border, which Hungary plans to soon close.

Cases To Watch As Supreme Court Resumes Session

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

Nina Totenberg speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about what to expect from the new session of the Supreme Court, which begins each year on the first Monday in October.

Mass Shooting Spotlights Bernie Sanders' Stance On Gun Control

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

Sanders' campaign in the Democratic presidential primary race has excited many progressives. But the big issue of the moment is gun control, where his views diverge with many liberals.

New Take On Old Tale: Novelist Retells King David's Story

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

Geraldine Brooks is a Pulitzer Prize winning historical novelist. Her latest book "The Secret Chord," tells the story of King David. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke to her about her conception of the flawed king.

Colombia Government, Guerrillas To Reach Peace Agreement

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

Colombia's government and Marxist guerrillas, with help from the pope, have agreed to end their 50-year armed conflict. Reporter John Otis discusses the country's prospects with NPR's Rachel Martin.

Hijab-Wearing Model Appears In H&M Ad, A First For Fashion Giant

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

When H&M put a Muslim girl in a headscarf in an online ad this summer, it prompted celebration among Hijabi fashionistas. Is it a sign that the public is more open to Muslim culture?

Revisiting The Political Challenge Of Gun Control

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

The recent shooting in Oregon prompted the president to again call for action on gun control. Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin on the uphill battle to pass new legislation.

Oregon Community Grapples With Aftermath Of College Shooting

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

The community of Roseburg, Ore., struggles to come to terms with the mass shooting that killed nine last week, and police continue to investigate what motivated the shooter.

Good Gourd! What's With All The Weird-Looking Squash?

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

Cinderella pumpkins just don't cut it for fall decor anymore. Squash and gourds come in all sorts of colors and sizes — and as far as consumers are concerned, the stranger, the better.

Where There's A Will: Shakespeare Remixed In 'The Gap Of Time'

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

You've heard of cover songs — now, a group of authors are writing cover plays, retelling the works of Shakespeare in their own words. Jeanette Winterson leads off, reimagining The Winter's Tale.

The Eclectic World Of Duncan Sheik, From Billboard To Broadway

Sunday, October 04 2015 01:14 PM

A one-time pop sensation, the singer and composer made a deft pivot to theater with his Tony-winning music for Spring Awakening. These days, he's exploring the electronic music of his youth.