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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 Puzzle Worth A Fortune

Sunday, December 14 2014 01:03 PM

Every answer is the name of a Fortune 200 company —that is, one of the top 200 corporations, according to the 2014 list in Fortune magazine.

Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

The Senate voted late Saturday to pass a bill that will fund the government through the end of the fiscal year. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Mara Liasson about the rare Saturday session.

'Pippin' Performs The Final Ballad Of 'The Hobbit'

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Billy Boyd was the hobbit Pippin in The Lord of the Rings films, and he's a musician, too. He talks to NPR's Rachel Martin about writing the last song for the new movie, The Battle of the Five Armies.

A Holiday Comic Standard: 'Christmas Vacation' Turns 25

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

With the holiday season, comes holiday movies, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best — National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

Mead Moves Out Of The Middle Ages

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Mead was a favorite drink of ancient Egyptians and Vikings, and it's been making a comeback — updated for the 21st century.

The Week In Sports: The NFL Rewrites Its Conduct Code

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

The rules are what make the game, and increasingly that means more and more rules off the playing field. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca of about the NFL's revised conduct policy.

Beware The Tippling Point, And Other Cocktail Party Tips

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

It's the season of holiday cocktail parties and Dan Pashman of the Sporkful podcast has tips for how to be a good guest and host. For instance, if you want to enjoy drinks and appetizers, buddy up.

Uber's Traffic Jammed In Netherlands, India And Spain

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Uber says it's reached 52 countries since its 2010 launch, but our number cruncher Mona Chalabi tells NPR's Rachel Martin the tally is changing as some countries try to ban the ride-sharing service.

Protesters Of Police Violence Divided By Generation

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Among the thousands gathered in Washington, D.C., to protest the police killings of unarmed black men on Saturday was a generational divide that sometimes became contentious.

Two Views Of The CIA's 'Enhanced' Interrogations

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

The Senate Intelligence Committee released a report Tuesday on the interrogation techniques used by the CIA after 9/11. The report has elicited a number of sharply differing perspectives.

A Mugging, A Marriage, A Movie: A Century Of Bus Rides

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Greyhound turned 100 this year. To celebrate, Weekend Edition listeners share their most memorable bus journeys. Some are bumpy, some are smelly and some are just downright scary.

Thousands March Across U.S. Protesting Police Brutality

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Tens of thousands gathered in cities across the country on Saturday to draw attention to several high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police.

Staff Picks: Transracial Adoptions, From The Adoptee's View

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Jordana Hochman and producer Chris Benderev talk with NPR's Rachel Martin about a story of transracial adoption.

Jazz Saxophonist Jimmy Greene Plays Tribute To His Slain Daughter

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Greene's album is dedicated to his 6-year-old daughter, Ana, killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. This story first aired on Nov. 28 on All Things Considered.

Gritty Ganta: The Liberian Town That Can't Catch A Break

Sunday, December 14 2014 12:46 PM

Bedraggled Ganta sprawls over red-dirt hills. Buildings destroyed in the civil war have not been rebuilt. And now the border town is suffering again in the battle against Ebola.