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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

More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley

Sunday, July 26 2015 02:21 PM

As the big tech firms grapple with a lack of diversity, three women of color who work in the industry talk about the challenges of expanding staff demographics.

Tourists Worry: How Long Before Cuba Loses Its Nostalgic Charm?

Sunday, July 26 2015 01:46 PM

As relations between Cuba and the U.S. move toward normalization, many worry Havana's iconic sites could be forever spoiled by an influx of tourists and cash.

Cost Of War: Veterans Remember USS Indianapolis, Shark Attacks

Sunday, July 26 2015 01:06 PM

After delivering the atomic bomb for the U.S. attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago, the Indianapolis was torpedoed and sank. Its story has been all but forgotten, but 32 survivors are having a reunion.

'Summertime' Evokes A Warm Breeze To Accompany Your Summer Road Trip

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

On this week's Wingin' It, music journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy shares her favorite road trip song, "Summertime," by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.

Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Every answer this week is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme โ€” and every word has two syllables.

'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Patricia Park's novel, Re Jane, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic Jane Eyre set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.

Analyst: Angry French Farmers Will Have To Adapt To Globalization

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

French farmers demanding higher prices for meat and milk have brought chaos to the country's vacation season by holding protests and blocking roads across the country.

For Candidates, Winning Iowa Means Courting Business, Evangelicals

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Steve Deace, an Iowa conservative talk radio host, speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the Republican field is shaping up for caucuses this winter.

Pro Gaming Joins Other Sports As It Begins Drug Testing

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Cycling, baseball and other pro sports all have performance enhancing drug tests. Now the tests are coming to the world of competitive video gaming.

Sorting Through The Numbers On Infidelity

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

When Ashley Madison, the website that helps people cheat on their spouses was hacked, it got our data expert wondering about the statistics of infidelity. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Mona Chalabi.

On ADA Anniversary, Some Blame The Law For Low Employment

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Signed into law 25 years ago, the Americans With Disabilities Act was supposed to open the doors to employment for many. But only a small percentage of disabled Americans are working today.

On The Streets Of Baltimore, 'It's Definitely Not A Safe Feeling'

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Baltimore is having one of the most violent summers in years. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to local activist Ray Kelly about what police and the public can do to improve the situation there.

Obama Wraps Up Trip To Kenya

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

Correspondent Greg Warner speaks to NPR's Rachel Martin about President Obama's address to the Kenyan people.

Torn Between Native And Adoptive Lands, Israel's Iranian Jews Hope For Peace

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

About 100,000 Iranian Jews have made Israel their home, and small numbers continue to move to the country. And no one feels more torn about the enmity between the two countries than they do.

On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club

Sunday, July 26 2015 12:32 PM

A cycling group comprised of mostly Latino, bilingual, bicultural bikers is growing in Los Angeles โ€” and changing people's minds about what recreational bikers look like.