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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

For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

Sunday, June 28 2015 03:55 PM

More and more Americans are pursuing graduate degrees in Germany, where tuition is often free and many classes are taught in English.

Two Years After Deadly Wildfire, Are There Lessons In The Ashes?

Sunday, June 28 2015 03:00 PM

The Yarnell Hill Fire in June 2013 was one of the deadliest incidents for wildland firefighters in American history. Nineteen of the Granite Mountain Hotshots died — many inside their fire shelters.

Long Before Same-Sex Marriage, 'Adopted Son' Could Mean 'Life Partner'

Sunday, June 28 2015 01:31 PM

Civil rights leader Bayard Rustin and his life partner, Walter Naegle, wanted to legally protect their relationship. But it was the early 1980s, when marriage wasn't an option — and adoption was.

2 Brothers And A Team Of Mules Tackle The Historic Oregon Trail

Sunday, June 28 2015 01:17 PM

Journalist Rinker Buck had a crazy idea — and a brother with a knack for driving mules. His new memoir recounts what happened when the two very different men set off in a covered wagon.

Part Of The Landscape For Decades, Pumpjacks Remain Essential In Shale Fields

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

From south Texas to North Dakota, pumpjacks are a symbol of life in American oil fields. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 15, 2015.

Euphoria In The Streets: New York City's Pride Festival Celebrates Marriage Equality

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Rain hasn't put a damper on the celebrations across the city, NPR's Alexandra Starr reports. Some two million people are expected to hit the streets for Gay Pride events days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

In Viennese Media Center, Iranian Journalists Dance Delicately Around Pitfalls

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Western reporters are working alongside Iranian media during numerous rounds of nuclear talks — the latest of which are taking place this week. What does their work tells us about Iran's culture?

Where There's A Will There's A Way To Solve This Puzzle

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

For every word provided (all starting with the letter "W"), give a proverb or saying that contains that word.

Do Try This At Home: Hacking Ribs — In The Pressure Cooker

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Tender, smoky, fall-off-the-bone ribs can take three or four hours to make the traditional way. But Baltimore chef Shirlé Koslowski uses a pressure cooker to get all that flavor in only an hour.

Ukraine's Double Woes: War And Runaway Inflation

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Beyond the battlefront in the east, the Ukrainian government is fighting a war to reform a monumentally corrupt, dysfunctional economy. For now, Ukrainians seem willing to weather 60 percent inflation.

Homegrown Threat: FBI Tracks White Supremicists, Domestic Extremists

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Michael German spent 16 years in the FBI, going undercover with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups. He talks to NPR's Eric Westervelt about law enforcement's counterterrorism strategy.

'There Are Basic Moral Rules': Young Evangelicals React To Supreme Court Marriage Ruling

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Most young Americans support same-sex marriage. But young evangelicals buck that trend. Students at the evangelical Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., react to Friday's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.

From 'My Adidas' To FUBU, Fashion And Hip-Hop Have Always Matched Beats

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

A new documentary, Fresh Dressed, explores the relationship between the clothes and the music of hip-hop — including the rise and fall of black-owned brands and black designers.

7 Years After Kosovo's Independence, A Border Still Fraught With Tension

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

Kosovo gained independence from Serbia less than a decade ago. The two have not yet reconciled, which is apparent when crossing the border between the countries.

Health Care Law Stands, Marriage Equality Expands: What Now For Republicans?

Sunday, June 28 2015 12:48 PM

The Supreme Court's recent decisions are forcing Republicans to reconsider their strategy on these issues. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with correspondent Mara Liasson about how the party is regrouping.