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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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Last updated: Friday, January 30 2015 07:18 PM

The Potential Impact Of Big Data On Medicine

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:04 PM

Some researchers say big data could change the way medical research is done and the way individual doctors make medical decisions. Others say it raises too many questions when it comes to medicine.

Super Bowl Talk (Other Than Ball Deflation)

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

The Super Bowl is one week away. What would we be talking about if we weren't talking about deflated footballs? Mike Pesca of joins NPR's Rachel Martin to answer that question.

A Puzzle Full Of Air

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

Every answer today is a word starting with the letters A-R, which you will identify from its anagram. For example, given AR plus ROB, the answer would be "arbor."

At Its Core, Warped Family Drama 'Mommy' Is 'A Story Of Love'

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

In his award-winning film, Xavier Dolan, 25, tackles the relationship between a single mom and her troubled son. He says, "I feel like I knew this kid. ... He's just the worst version of who I was."

Mistrust, Anger Holds Guinea Back From Fighting Ebola

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

Local resistance is hampering the nation's efforts to eradicate the virus by mid-March. Correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton tells NPR's Rachel Martin how health workers are dealing with it.

Kerry Urges Nigeria To Hold Credible Elections In Face Of Violence

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry is in Lagos, Nigeria, ahead of the country's presidential elections. The visit also comes amid an upsurge of violence from the Islamist militants Boko Haram.

Obama Begins 3-Day Visit To India

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

President Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to White House correspondent Scott Horsley about the bilateral talks.

Whodunnit? King Tut's Burial Mask Damaged And Glue Didn't Help

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

A mystery is unfolding at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, where someone has reportedly broken off the beard of King Tut's burial mask and attempted to glue it back on.

3 Voices, 1 Threat: Personal Stories Of Cyberhacking

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he gave fresh emphasis to a problem that has been in the headlines: cybersecurity. Here are three people who have experienced security breaches.

Threats Build Against Journalists In Afghanistan

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

A new report by Human Rights Watch details the dangers Afghan journalists face from the Taliban. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Najib Sharifi about the government's failure to protect journalists.

To Save Birds, Send A Ship Full Of Rat Poison

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

A ship has departed for South Georgia Island with enough poison to wipe out the rats that have been decimating the local bird population.

Greeks Vote In Election Dominated By Economic Fears

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

The people of Greece head to the polls Sunday for a general election which may decide the country's future in the eurozone. Reporter Joanna Kakissis tells NPR's Rachel Martin that voters are anxious.

How Denmark Has Been Reintigrating Former Extremist Fighters

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

Thousands of foreign fighters have been recruited by ISIS. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Allan Aarslev, a police officer in Denmark, about integrating these fighters back into Danish society.

Losing A Soul Mate And A Pillar Of St. Louis' Trans Community

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

Shane Fairchild and his late wife, Blue Bauer, were "the mama and the papa of the trans community," says their friend Sayer Johnson.

Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian History

Sunday, January 25 2015 01:00 PM

Fleeing ISIS, an order of Dominican monks had to leave much behind. But when Father Najeeb Michaeel helped the Christian community escape, he took one thing with him: a collection of manuscripts.