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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.

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Latest Stories from Weekend Edition Sunday

Last updated: Thursday, August 21 2014 10:07 PM

At Life's Last Threshold, Choir Brings Comfort

Sunday, August 17 2014 02:55 PM

At a hospice in Nashville, volunteers sing hymns and lullabies to the dying. They're part of a national organization that uses music to soothe life's final passage.

A Video Game Tribute To Robin Williams

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

Robin Williams' love of video games was well known in the gaming community. After his death, gamers started a petition asking World of Warcraft to memorialize the actor in the game.

Chemical Dump Poisons A Texas Town In 'Friendswood'

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Rene Steinke about her new book, Friendswood. The novel follows four characters who must deal with the legacy of a toxic leak in their small Texas town.

New Cameras Will Map Florida's Reefs

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

A scientific survey of coral reefs off the Florida keys is being done using the same fish-eye camera lenses that Google uses to capture street views. Scientists will use the images for research.

Race Change Surgery Is Reality In 'Your Face In Mine'

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

What if you could undergo racial reassignment surgery and switch races? That's the premise of a new novel, Your Face in Mine. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with author Jess Row.

Power: Leaders In South Sudan Disengaged Despite Crisis

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power about her recent trip to South Sudan.

Police And Protesters Clash Over Curfew In Ferguson

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency in Ferguson on Saturday and enforced a five-hour curfew. The night ended with tear gas and arrests of some protesters.

Couple Runs A Ring Around Australia

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

Janette Murray-Wakelin and Alan Murray spent 2013 running around the perimeter of Australia. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with the Murrays about the epic trip that took them more than 10,000 miles.

Cold Winter Depleted Some Coastal Fish Populations

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

The extreme cold weather on the East Coast last winter has meant that some fishermen have smaller catches this summer. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to fishing forecaster Mitchell Roffer in Florida.

Why This Ebola Outbreak Is Different Than Earlier Versions

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

In 1976, Dr. David Heymann of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine helped curb the first Ebola outbreak in what was then Zaire. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

'Times' Reporter In Iraq Recovering After Helicopter Crash

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

New York Times journalist Alissa Rubin was injured in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq last week. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has an update on her recovery.

Islamic Militants Kill Dozens Of Yazidis In Northern Iraq

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.

Another Front In Mideast Conflict: Fishing Rights In The Mediterranean

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

Israel forbids Gazan boats from going more than a few miles from shore, where the fish are few and small. Israel says the blockade is for security; Palestinians say it's illegal.

Kidnapped Russian Journalist: No One Is Paying Attention

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

Fatima Tlisova is a reporter from the North Caucasus region, one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists. In 2005, she says, she was abducted and tortured.

Is There An Echo In Here?

Sunday, August 17 2014 11:58 AM

Every answer is made up of a two-word phrase, in which the second word has three syllables, and the first word sounds like the last two of these syllables.