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.

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

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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)

  • More Than A Pipeline Problem: In Search Of Diversity In Silicon Valley
    <p>As the big tech firms grapple with a lack of diversity, three women of color who work in the industry talk about the challenges of expanding staff demographics.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426364306">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Tourists Worry: How Long Before Cuba Loses Its Nostalgic Charm?
    <p>As relations between Cuba and the U.S. move toward normalization, many worry Havana's iconic sites could be forever spoiled by an influx of tourists and cash.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426372454">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Cost Of War: Veterans Remember USS Indianapolis, Shark Attacks
    <p>After delivering the atomic bomb for the U.S. attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago, the <em>Indianapolis</em> was torpedoed and sank. Its story has been all but forgotten, but 32 survivors are having a reunion.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=425904134">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • 'Summertime' Evokes A Warm Breeze To Accompany Your Summer Road Trip
    <p>On this week's Wingin' It, music journalist Sowmya Krishnamurthy shares her favorite road trip song, "Summertime," by DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426434657">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Pro Gaming Joins Other Sports As It Begins Drug Testing
    <p>Bike riding, baseball and other pro sports all have performance enhancing drug tests. Now the tests are coming to the world of competitive video gaming.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426434644">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Hustle, Puzzle-Rustlers! This Week's A Toughie
    <p>Every answer this week is a made-up three-word phrase in which all three words rhyme — and every word has two syllables.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426205052">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Torn Between Native And Adoptive Lands, Israel's Iranian Jews Hope For Peace
    <p>About 100,000 Iranian Jews have made Israel their home, and small numbers continue to move to the country. And no one feels more torn about the enmity between the two countries than them.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=425968487">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • On A 'Tour De Tacos' With Los Angeles' Eastside Bike Club
    <p>A cycling group comprised of mostly Latino, bilingual, bicultural bikers is growing in Los Angeles — and changing people's minds about what recreational bikers look like.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=425659877">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • 'Jane Eyre' Retelling Swaps English Countryside For Bustling City Streets
    <p>Patricia Park's novel, <em>Re Jane</em>, is a retelling of Charlotte Bronte's classic <em>Jane Eyre</em> set in modern-day New York and South Korea. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with author Jean Kwok about Park's novel.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426434708">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Analyst: Angry French Farmers Will Have To Adapt To Globalization
    <p>French farmers demanding higher prices for meat and milk have brought chaos to the country's vacation season by holding protests and blocking roads across the country.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=426434695">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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