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.
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There's never been a better time for black Republicans seeking office, yet even as some black candidates are hitting their stride, the party's support among blacks is still at rock bottom.
When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned to do a mural for Rockefeller Center, some may have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has struggled financially, but after much work, it's set itself on solid footing and become a bright spot in a struggling city.
Misty Copeland is one of the few African-American solo dancers with the American Ballet Theatre. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Copeland about her memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.
John Denver's hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads," has just become a state song of West Virginia, an effort spearheaded by the woman married to the actor who played Gilligan on Gilligan's Island.
Did you miss the MIT conference on sports analytics? Slate's Mike Pesca tells NPR's Rachel Martin about the new tracking technology used in basketball, which puts rebounding in whole new light.
Two years ago, Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois was paralyzed on his left side by a stroke. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to him about his recovery and his hopes for other stroke victims.
An oil slick was spotted off of Vietnam's coast, but relatives of those on board the Malaysia Airlines flight still don't know what happened. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with reporter Anthony Kuhn.
Ruben Studdard wowed the judges and the American public when he won American Idol in 2003. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Studdard about his Idol win and what life and music has been like since.
The military is a huge bureaucracy with many redundancies. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with University of Kentucky's Robert Farley, who argues that we need air power, but not a separate Air Force.
The U.S. can squeeze Russia economically for sending troops into Crimea, but Obama needs Europe's support for sanctions to work. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Mara Liasson.
As the standoff continues in Crimea, Russia warns the U.S. against "hasty" sanctions. Ukraine officials accuse pro-Russian forces of armed aggression.
Grafton, N. H., is so tiny, it doesn't even have a stop light, but a group of Libertarians have moved there with an eye to slashing spending. It's made some residents angry.
After years of selling drugs and serving prison time in Detroit, Isaac Lott now works to help reclaim abandoned homes. He says he is hopeful about his own future, as well as the future of the city.
Detroit has long been a city divided among racial and economic lines. As the city attempts to recover, some see the change as an opportunity to heal those old wounds.