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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

At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy

Sunday, May 24 2015 02:02 PM

The rituals of caring for the remains of service members are carried out with special grace by the staff at Dover Air Force Base. "We believe in what we're doing here," says one. "We love them."

Accusations Pile Up Against Panama's Former President

Sunday, May 24 2015 01:37 PM

One of Central America's richest and most eccentric former politicians, Ricardo Martinelli, may soon face charges for stealing millions of dollars from the government during his five years in power.

'How Could You Not Know You Were Pregnant?'

Sunday, May 24 2015 01:02 PM

Brittany Ohman got pregnant in high school, and didn't realize it till she went into labor in her freshman dorm. She talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her surprise pregnancy and her son, James.

NFL Aims To Spice Up Games With Tweak To Extra Point Rules

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

An NFL rule change has been called "the biggest change to NFL scoring in the league's 95 year history." NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca, of Slate's "The Gist" podcast, about what it means for the game.

Colorado's Free IUD Program Set To End In July

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

A program that made IUDs accessible to Colorado teenagers is running out of funding. State Rep. Don Coram, a Republican, fought to save it. He credits the initiative with the drop in teen pregnancies.

Activists Cross The DMZ In Controversial Peace Demonstration

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

Famed American feminist Gloria Steinem has taken her activism to the border between North and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to NPR's Elise Hu about the demonstration aimed at reunifying two nations.

Single-Named Singers From The Present And Past

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

Every answer is the name of a famous, one-named singer like Madonna or Beyoncé. Identify each one from its anagram, to which one extra letter is added. The singers are a mix of past and present.

Ohio To Set Standards For Police Use Of Deadly Force

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently put together a group in Cleveland to look at the divide between the city and the police. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to a member of that task force, Nina Turner.

Author Says Researcher Faked Gay Marriage Opinon Study

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

A much-publicized study suggesting door-to-door canvassing could change opinions about same-sex marriage has been discredited. The co-author of the study has asked Science to retract its article.

As ISIS Expands Its Control, U.S. Policy Is Questioned

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

The so-called Islamic State captured two strategic cities recently: Ramadi, Iraq, and Palmyra, Syria. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to Vali Nasr of Johns Hopkins about the U.S. strategy toward ISIS.

To Build Up Its Historical Image, Macedonia Is Going Baroque

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

Macedonia is one of the poorest countries in Europe, but it's been on a building spree that includes elaborate buildings and hundreds of statues, including an enormous one of Alexander the Great.

Cleveland Police Arrest Protesters After Officer's Aquittal

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

In Cleveland, residents, protesters and pastors are expressing disappointment following a judge's verdict Saturday acquitting a police officer in the 2012 fatal shooting of two black men.

With Syria's Army Losing Ground, A Boost From Hezbollah

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

President Bashar Assad has suffered a series of recent military setbacks. But Hezbollah keeps fighting in alliance with Syria's army, and it scored a recent victory along the border with Lebanon.

Novelist Mat Johnson Explores The 'Optical Illusion' Of Being Biracial

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

Johnson, the son of an African-American mother and an Irish-American father, has just written Loving Day, a funny, sometimes absurd look at what it means to grow up mixed heritage in the U.S.

Online Art Sites Aim To Fill Gap Between Etsy And Sotheby's

Sunday, May 24 2015 12:27 PM

Let's say you're not a millionaire but you're still interested in buying affordable art from the comfort of your living room. There's now a burgeoning business of selling mid-priced art online.