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On Sundays, Weekend Edition combines the news with colorful arts and human-interest features, appealing to the curious and eclectic. With a nod to traditional Sunday habits, the program offers a fix for diehard crossword addicts-word games and brainteasers with The Puzzlemaster, a.k.a. Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times. With Hansen on the sidelines, a caller plays the latest word game on the air while listeners compete silently at home. The NPR mailbag is proof that the competition to go head-to-head with Shortz is rather vigorous.

Another trademark of Sunday's program is "Voices in the News," a montage of sound bites from the past week, poignant in its simplicity. Hansen also engages listeners in her discussions with regular contributors, who cover a wide range of national and international issues.

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3:50am

Sun October 28, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Answer Me These Words Three

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 2:17 pm

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On-air challenge: Every answer is a three-word phrase, in which each word has four letters. All three words end in the same three letters, and they rhyme. For example, given the clue, "Series of offerings of excellent chardonnays and Rieslings," the answer would be "fine wine line."

Last week's challenge from Pierre Berloquin: What letter comes next in this series: W, L, C, N, I, T?

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3:44am

Sun October 28, 2012
Theater

Star-Studded 'Heiress' Considers A Woman's Worth

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:58 am

Jessica Chastain makes her Broadway debut as Catherine Sloper in The Heiress. Chastain says she was moved by the arc of her character's story — initially defined by the men in her life, but ultimately finding strength in herself.
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A much-anticipated revival of The Heiress, a 1947 play based on the Henry James novella Washington Square, opens in New York on Thursday. It marks the Broadway debut of two accomplished young stars — Jessica Chastain, the Academy Award nominee from The Help, and Dan Stevens, from the hit television series Downton Abbey.

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12:03am

Sun October 28, 2012
Music

Manu Katche's New Album Drops The 'Sledgehammer'

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:58 am

Manu Katche's self-titled fourth album comes out Tuesday.
Gildas Bolclé Courtesy of the artist

Peter Gabriel has just finished up the 25th-anniversary tour of his blockbuster album So. Manu Katche, the drummer who provided the driving beats for "Sledgehammer" and other songs from that record, was right there with Gabriel, helping him celebrate.

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12:03am

Sun October 28, 2012
Music Interviews

'Singing Is Praying' For Iris DeMent

Originally published on Sun October 28, 2012 8:58 am

Iris DeMent's new album is titled Sing the Delta.
Pieta Brown Courtesy of the artist

9:10am

Sun October 21, 2012
NPR Story

GOP Targets Vulnerable Georgia Democrat

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 6:03 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

We turn our attention now to the state of Georgia, where a self-described moderate Democrat is trying to win re-election in a district that now favors Republicans. John Barrow is facing a relatively unknown GOP candidate in the 12th Congressional District that's recently been redrawn. National Republicans see Barrow as one of the most vulnerable Democrats in the House, and they're targeting him with millions of dollars in ads.

NPR's Kathy Lohr has the story.

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