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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

Last updated: Wednesday, November 26 2014 06:34 PM

Families Feel Sidelined As U.S. Reviews Hostage Policy

Sunday, November 23 2014 05:01 PM

The White House is reviewing how it handles hostage crises following the brutal murders of Americans abroad, but families of hostages say they're often left out of the conversation.

After 2 Months, Hong Kong Residents Want Protesters To Head Home

Sunday, November 23 2014 03:13 PM

More than 2,000 tents still occupy city streets. The longer the pro-democracy demonstration goes on, the more unwelcome it becomes.

Marshmallows On Sweet Potatoes? Thanksgiving's Traditions Exposed

Sunday, November 23 2014 02:55 PM

Thanksgiving traditions can be a bit inscrutable for people who didn't grow up in the U.S., like NPR producer Olly Dearden. He talked with several experts and got some answers to his questions.

Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

Sunday, November 23 2014 01:39 PM

Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category.

MTA Targets 'Man-Spreading' And Other Subway Faux Pas

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

New York's MTA is planning a new campaign to encourage courtesy on subways. NPR's Rachel Martin gets dos and don'ts from Jake Dobkin, who writes Gothamist.com's Ask A Native New Yorker column.

WWI YouTube Series Builds A Week-By-Week Horror Story

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

Indy Neidell's four-year series of videos takes a week-by-week look at World War I. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Neidell about his project, called The Great War.

Ferguson Clergy Call For Peace From The Pulpit

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

Religious leaders await a grand jury's decision in St. Louis. Many of them have been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown.

How Author John Safran Lost A Year In Mississippi

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

God'll Cut You Down is a new book based on the tangled true story about the murder of a white supremacist by a black hustler. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the book's author, John Safran.

The Day The Niagara Stopped Falling

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

Last week brought frigid weather to much of the country. Nate DiMeo, creator of The Memory Palace podcast, tells a story of another cold snap more than a century ago that stopped a town in its tracks.

U.S. And Turkey Discuss Strengthening Syrian Opposition

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

Vice President Joe Biden wraps up his trip to Turkey, where he held talks on the fight against ISIS. The U.S. and Turkey disagree on how to deal with the threat of the so-called Islamic State.

Iran Talks Intensify On Day Before Deadline

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

The deal that lifted some economic sanctions in return for inspections of Iran's nuclear program expires Monday. Intense negotiations are underway this weekend to reach a more permanent agreement.

Tunisian Election Completes Its Transition To Democracy

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

Thousands of Tunisians called for an end to dictatorship in 2011. Now the country will hold its first democratic presidential election. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to journalist Naveena Kottoor.

Immigrants Scramble To Figure Their Status Under Obama's Plan

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

After President Obama announced his immigration plan this week, communities across the country began making preparations for immigrants who are here illegally to apply for work permits.

Ferguson Activist: It's A Wicked Air Looming

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

As Ferguson, Mo., braces for the grand jury decision on whether police officer Darren Wilson should face charges, NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Rasheen Aldridge, a community activist.

Women Sweat The Test To Show Marines They're Combat-Ready

Sunday, November 23 2014 12:14 PM

The Marine Corps is running a test to see if women can serve in ground combat. "A lot of people think that we can't do it," says one Marine who's trying to make the cut. "I don't think the same."