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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

What Kind Of Parent Are You? The Debate Over 'Free-Range' Parenting

Sunday, April 26 2015 01:21 PM

When a Maryland family let their children walk home alone from a park, it drew the authorities' attention and helped spark a national conversation. Two moms with differing views weigh in.

Remembering The Doomed First Flight Of Operation Babylift

Sunday, April 26 2015 12:22 PM

In 1975, the first flight of orphans out of Vietnam made a crash landing, and many died. Forty years later, some of the survivors have reconnected, helping to lessen their lingering grief.

Staten Island Candidates Avoid Talk Of Eric Garner Case

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

In the New York Congressional district where an an unarmed black man died at the hands of police last year, neither candidate for a special congressional election is using the death to score points.

Fruit Loops And Crying Travelers: The Trials Of Flight Attendants

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

On this week's travel segment, Wingin' It!, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Gailen David, a flight attendant for more than 20 years, about what life is really like up in the air.

This Weekend, Investigate The 'Edges' Of Fred Moten's Musical Poetry

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

In honor of National Poetry Month, our latest Weekend Read is Fred Moten's collection The Little Edges. Poet Douglas Kearney says Moten's power is in his attention to music, both in text and subject.

A Puzzle As Easy As Falling Off A Log

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

Every answer to today's puzzle is a familiar two-word phrase or name in which the first word starts with L-O and the second word starts with G.

Detroit Bulks Up With New Classic Muscle Cars

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

Muscle cars of the 1960s and 70s, with their oversized engines and racing stripes, hit the skids when oil prices soared. But in Detroit, some are calling now the new golden era of the muscle car.

In San Jose, The Public Has An Eye On Police Conduct

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

Judge LaDoris Cordell is the independent police auditor for the city of San Jose, Calif. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how civilian review of the police works in her town.

Number Of The Week: Migrants En Route To Europe

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

For this Number of the Week,'s Mona Chalabi looks into the story of migrants trying to get to Europe โ€” how many attempt the crossing, where they cross, how much it costs and more.

Everest Climbers Hit By Deadly Snow, Rock After Nepal Quake

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

Many climbers are currently trapped on Mount Everest following the earthquake in Nepal. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Outside Magazine Senior Editor Grayson Schaffer about the rescue efforts.

Alt.Latino Finds Colombia's Mid-Century Afrosound

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

Putting the eclectic back in alternative, Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino talks with Rachel Martin and shares some 1960s Colombian throwback tunes, Latin jazz and bluegrass mariachi.

In This Museum, Visitors Can Eat At The Exhibits

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

The Southern Museum of Food and Beverage in New Orleans chronicles the eats and drinks of the Southern states. And it may be one of the only museums where visitors can imbibe while viewing exhibits.

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo, A Chant That Spans The Globe

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

Every kid seems to know a version of Eeny Meeny Miny Mo. Harvard PhD student Adrienne Raphel looked into its origins, and tells NPR's Rachel Martin it's found on playgrounds around the world.

Baltimore Protests Turn Violent

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

A week of peaceful protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, a young African-American man, turned violent Saturday. Police arrested twelve people for destroying property and other crimes.

U.K. Candidates Stumble Just Days Before General Election

Sunday, April 26 2015 11:42 AM

The U.K. will vote in a general election on May 7. The BBC's Jonny Dymond has spent the last month covering a contest notable for, he says, closeness and dullness in equal measure โ€” until now.