Weekend Edition Sunday

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 WUSF and other 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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Sunday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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Host:
Rachel Martin

Rachel Martin is the host of Weekend Edition Sunday.

Prior to moving into the host position in the fall of 2012, Martin started as National Security Correspondent for NPR in May 2010. In that position she covered both defense and intelligence issues. She traveled regularly to Iraq and Afghanistan with the Secretary of Defense, reporting on the U.S. wars and the effectiveness of the Pentagon's counterinsurgency strategy. Martin also reported extensively on the changing demographic of the U.S. military – from the debate over whether to allow women to fight in combat units – to the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. Her reporting on how the military is changing also took her to... Read More...

From Weekend Edition (Sunday)

  • Dead Pitches: How Do You Count Top Olympic Medal Winners?
    <p>Weekend Edition works hard to bring you the stories that matter. But they have to sift out the ones that don't. Sometimes they're still worth a mention, like this week's Olympics-themed dead pitch.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490826046' />
  • Interview With Jonah Hill And Todd Phillips On New Film 'War Dogs'
    <p>Jonah Hill and Todd Phillips talk with Rachel Martin about their "War Dogs," which tells the mostly-true story of two pot-smoking 20-year-olds who win a $300 million U.S. government weapons contract.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490822444' />
  • The Financial Trials Of Child Care For Working Families
    <p>It can be a major budget item for families. Rachel Martin talks to Rebecca Resman, a mother of two, who after trying out several different child care options, decided she couldn't afford to work.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490822086' />
  • Wisdom From YA Authors On Leaving Home: Cynthia Kadohata
    <p>Kadohata is the Newbery Medal-winning author of the YA novel "Kira-Kira." For our "Next Chapter" series, she talks about an eye-opening bus trip she took across the U.S. right before she left home.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821717' />
  • The Journalist Who Blew The Whistle On Russia's Alleged State-Run Doping Program
    <p>More than 100 Russian athletes were banned from the Rio Olympics. Rachel Martin speaks to German TV journalist Hajo Seppelt, who helped break the story of the program in Russia in a documentary.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821671' />
  • Trump Makes Appeal To Black Voters – In Mostly White Communities
    <p>Trump is hoping to woo black voters back to the "Party of Lincoln." While African Americans are a reliable voting bloc for Democrats, his poll numbers are especially low even for a Republican nominee.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821643' />
  • Trump's Appeal To Black Voters May Repeat Past Mistakes Of GOP Outreach
    <p>Speaking for "the party of Lincoln" before mostly white crowds, Trump's focus on crime and poverty may have another benefit if it doesn't boost support from African-American voters.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821643' />
  • Louisiana Ignored Dire Forecasts And Flash Flood Warnings
    <p>Tens of thousands in Louisiana were surprised by floods last week. In a changing climate, what more can be done to warn communities that the weather can do things they aren't used to?</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821459' />
  • What It's Really Like To 'Walk' In Space
    <p>The International Space Station conducted a spacewalk this week to mark 15 years in space. Three people who've walked in space share their miraculous — and miserable — experiences.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821256' />
  • 'Carry On' Tells The Story Of Unlikely Bond Between 2 Athletes That Changed 3 Lives
    <p>NPR's Rachel Martin talks with Lisa Fenn, the author of "Carry On: A Story of Resilience, Redemption, and an Unlikely Family," and the two athletes Fenn profiled, Dartanyon Crockett and Leroy Sutton.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=490821094' />

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