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Airs Sundays at 8am on 93.9 FM and AM 820

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.

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Latest Stories from Weekend Edition Sunday

Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain

Sunday, August 30 2015 03:45 PM

Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.

How A Once-White Church Broke Down Racial Barriers

Sunday, August 30 2015 03:42 PM

Fifteen years ago, Peoples Church in Cincinnati was called First Christian Assembly of God. After race riots shook the city in 2001, Pastor Chris Beard refocused the church on racial reconciliation.

Rio's Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification

Sunday, August 30 2015 02:15 PM

Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.

A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:19 PM

Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise, Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.

Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.

NASA Scientists Simulate A Year On Mars — On Hawaii

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a year-long NASA mission to Hawaii.

Spanish And Arabic Mixes In Accused Terrorist's Home Town

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

The accused terrorist in the recent foiled train attack in France is a Moroccan who lived in Algeciras, Spain. It's a diverse port city where immigrants are well integrated.

To Win An Anagrammy, Just Sing A Song Of Scrambled Letters

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

Given an answer, you name the song. All you have to do is anagram one word in the made-up title you're given to complete the correct title of the song.

Nothing, Not Even Recovery, Moves Quickly In New Orleans

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

Ten years after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, former NPR correspondent Gwen Thompkins reports on the struggles of her beloved hometown, New Orleans, to rebuild lives.

College Sports Scandals Loom Over The Launch Of Football Season

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

Mike Pesca of Slate's podcast The Gist helps NPR's Rachel Martin assess the damage to college football inflicted by a string of scandals at universities around the country.

Marginalized Young American-Somalis Look East To Join ISIS

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

The Twin Cities area has the largest Somali population in America. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Minneapolis Councilman Abdi Warsame about young people arrested for allegedly conspiring to join ISIS.

Western Wildfires Outpace Weary Firefighting Crews

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

As Washington State's wildfires rage, high temperatures and winds threaten more land. Firefighter Renee Jack tells NPR's Rachel Martin what it's like to be on the front line.

In The Stomach Of A Seabird, A Glimpse Of An Ocean Heating Up

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

As the Pacific Ocean warms, the diet of Alaska's seabirds has been changing along with it. Now, on the eve of President Obama's visit to the state, researchers aren't the only ones paying attention.

Germans Impatient With Angela Merkel's Migrant Response

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

Germany is the number one destination for the thousands of migrants reaching Europe's shores. NPR's Rachel Martin gets a German perspective from Der Spiegel editor Maximilian Popp.

Kurdish Activists Camp Out Between Turkey's Army And Kurdish Fighters

Sunday, August 30 2015 01:02 PM

As an old conflict heats up again in southeastern Turkey, the activists have staked out ground on a sunburned hillside and say they're willing to risk their own lives in order to stop the fighting.