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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: Saturday, August 02 2014 01:59 AM

One Woman, 817 Children: Caring For Kids Of Undocumented Parents

Sunday, July 27 2014 01:47 PM

Nora Sandigo is the legal guardian of hundreds of American-born children whose parents are here illegally. Without a guardian, they'd face foster homes or adoption if their parents are deported.

At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers' experience. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera.

Vollmann's Ghost Stories Disappoint Instead Of Scare

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

Reviewer Julia Keller says William Vollmann's new book, Last Stories and Other Stories, doesn't measure up to his previous work. (This review originally aired July 17, 2014 on All Things Considered.)

What Made Double Agent Kim Philby A Great Spy? His Friends.

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

Philby was one of the 20th century's most legendary spies. NPR's Arun Rath talks with author Ben Macintyre about his new book, A Spy Among Friends, and the boozy secret to Philby's success.

Time Running Short For Congress To Agree On Border Bill

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

Congress has just one work week left before its planned August recess, but it has yet to strike a deal on a funding bill dealing with the border crisis.

Ceci Bastida: Punk Roots, Pop Sounds And A Political Mind

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

La Edad de la Violencia — "the age of violence" — is a pretty dire name for an album of upbeat synth-pop. Mexican-born singer Ceci Bastida says that's the point.

Latin-Funk Band Goes Metal, Covers Black Sabbath

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

Into funk-jazz-Latino-soul-psychedelic-metal music? Then check out Brownout's new album Brown Sabbath. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with bandleader Greg Gonzalez about the surprising mix of styles.

Cooperstown Welcomes La Russa, Rest Of 2014 Hall Of Famers

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

New members are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. Mike Pesca of Slate talks to NPR's Arun Rath about who they are and the Hall of Fame's new induction rules.

A Flashback To A World On The Precipice Of War

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

On the eve of World War I, the United States was a vastly different place than it is today. NPR's Arun Rath talks with UC Davis history professor Eric Rauchway about life in the U.S. 100 years ago.

Cease-Fires Refused, Ignored And Re-Offered: The Latest From Gaza

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

There's talk of another cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, after Hamas refused to extend an earlier truce. NPR's Arun Rath talks with international correspondent Emily Harris about the latest.

Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

How meaningful and trustworthy are seals of approval from the likes of Energy Star and Good Housekeeping? NPR's Arun Rath speaks with advertising expert Lucy Atkinson about their validity.

White House, Press Corps Duke It Out Over Event Access

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

The relationship between the Obama Administration and the press corps is rocky. NPR's Arun Rath talks to correspondent David Folkenflik about why the corps lodged a formal complaint — over astronauts.

U.S. Closes Embassy In Libya Amid Violent Clashes In Capital

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

Security in Libya has deteriorated badly enough that the U.S. shut down its embassy in Libya on Saturday. NPR's Arun Rath talks to former U.S. Ambassador Christopher Hill about the situation.

Russia's Military Intelligence Service Fights Shadow War For Ukraine

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

On top of Moscow's secretive foreign intelligence service, there's an even deeper layer of information gathering. NPR's Arun Rath talks to writer Mark Galeotti about the agency known as the GRU.

Effort To Secure MH17 Crash Site On Hold Amid Fresh Fighting

Sunday, July 27 2014 12:11 PM

Fighting in Ukraine near the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has international investigators staying away. NPR's Arun Rath talks with OSCE's Michael Bociurkiw about the investigation.