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)

  • Oliver Sacks Was A Boundless Explorer Of The Human Brain
    <p>Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British-American neurologist and author, has died of cancer at the age of 82.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436016985">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A White Church Sets Out To Break Down Racial Barriers
    <p>Fifteen years ago, Peoples Church in Cincinnati was called First Christian Assembly of God. After race riots shook the city in 2001, Pastor Chris Beard refocused the church on racial reconciliation.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=435955069">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Rio's Favelas Feel The Peace — And The Pressure — Of Pacification
    <p>Before hosting the World Cup, Brazil launched a program to pacify high-crime slums. The project has cut violence in some areas, but in others residents have been caught in the police crossfire.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=435993447">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • A Young Woman Goes 'Underground In Berlin' To Escape The Holocaust
    <p>Hermann Simon's mother lived as a Jew in Berlin during World War II. Through cunning and disguise Marie Jalowicz Simon managed to evade the Nazis right under their noses.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=435550677">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Nothing, Not Even Recovery, Moves Quickly In New Orleans
    <p>Ten years after hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, former NPR correspondent Gwen Thompkins reports on the struggles of her beloved hometown, New Orleans, to rebuild lives.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436013280">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Uber Hires Hackers To Secure Driverless Cars
    <p>NPR's Rachel Martin reports that the ride-sharing service Uber is hiring experts to protect driverless cars from being hacked.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436013260">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Not All Irish Are Enjoying The Nation's Economic Recovery
    <p>Now that Ireland has turned its economy around, some politicians point to its success as a model of the policy of economic austerity. But that's not how it feels to many people living there.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436013253">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • Correction: Italians And Celiac Disease
    <p>A correction to our story about gluten-free options in Italy, the land of pizza and pasta. Italian children are not routinely tested for celiac disease, as we incorrectly reported.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436013221">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • NASA Scientists Simulate A Year On Mars — On Hawaii
    <p>NPR's Rachel Martin reports on a year-long NASA mission to Hawaii.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436013196">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>
  • As Alaska's Climate Warms, Seabird Population Shrinks
    <p>Alaska's seabirds are suffering a steep decline in population. There's evidence linking this to climate change, a problem President Obama will address Monday when he visits the state.</p><p><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/email/emailAFriend.php?storyId=436013176">&raquo; E-Mail This</a></p>

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