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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

In Israel, Jewish Divorce Is Granted Only By Husband's Permission

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:17 PM

An Israeli film playing in the U.S. shows how rabbinical rules regulating Jewish divorces in Israel can trap women. Rabbinical judges have taken the highly unusual step of seeing the film themselves.

Watermelon Wedge Issue Ripens In Oklahoma

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

The watermelon has been Oklahoma's state vegetable โ€” not fruit โ€” for nearly a decade. The poor melon has become a political football, as some lawmakers now want to repeal the its title.

Thousands March In Moscow In Memory Of Murdered Putin Critic

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Thousands of people gathered on Sunday in Moscow to mourn opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was killed on Friday. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Corey Flintoff, who was at the march.

Israelis See Netanyahu's U.S. Speech As Last-Ditch Pitch For Votes

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Benjamin Netanyahu will address Congress just before Israeli elections. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Chemi Shalev, the U.S. editor of Haartz, about how the controversial visit is playing back home.

'The Last Man': An Odd Premise, Says Its Creator, But Oddly Relatable

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

A new comedy series, The Last Man on Earth, features your average guy who becomes humanity's last hope. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Will Forte, the creator, writer and star of the show.

Actor And Director Finds His Roots In Travel Writing

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Andrew McCarthy may be best known for his acting roles, but he's also an accomplished travel writer. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with McCarthy about travel writing and discovering his roots in Ireland.

Coming To Terms With The Pressure Of Weight

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Two-thirds of American adults are considered overweight. In this week's For the Record, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with people about how weight shapes their identities and what it means to be healthy.

Alt.Latino: Mixing Genres With Chicano Batman, Los Cenzontles

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

What happens when Mexican folk music meets Cajun Zydeco? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd of NPR Music's Alt.Latino about some musical mash-ups.

Who Fails To Pay Child Support? Moms, At A Higher Rate Than Dads

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

The number of dollars of unpaid child support each year in the U.S. is well into the billions. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with data expert Mona Chalabi of FiveThirtyEight.com about the numbers.

After Delays, Jury Selection To Wrap Up In Boston Bombing Trial

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Jury selection in the trial of the Boston marathon bomber is expected to finish on Tuesday. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Boston correspondent Tovia Smith about the start of Dzokhar Tsarnaev's trial.

Play Depicts Scalia As Supreme Court's 'Originalist'

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is portrayed on stage in John Strand's new play, The Originalist. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Strand and the actor who plays Scalia, Edward Gero.

In Fourth Year Of Drought, Many Calif. Farms Won't Get Federal Water

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

The Bureau of Reclamation announced Friday that for the second straight year, many California farmers will not be getting federal water imports because of the ongoing drought.

ISIS Destroys Objects That Record Region's History Of Cultural Diversity

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Video has surfaced of ISIS militants smashing ancient artifacts on display in the Mosul, Iraq, museum. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Axel Plathe, UNESCO's Iraq director, on the huge loss.

4 Out Of 5 Puzzlers Say These Things Are The Same

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Rearrange the letters in a four-letter word and a five-letter word to get a pair of synonyms. For example, given "time" and "night," you would say "item" and "thing."

Spain's Muslim Business Owners Feel Squeezed By New Zoning Proposals

Sunday, March 01 2015 01:07 PM

Catalonia is home to mainland Spain's largest Muslim population. But politicians in one area are proposing laws to "protect traditional Spanish businesses" that Muslim leaders say are discriminatory.