Weekend Edition Sunday

Sunday Mornings from 6 to 9 a.m.
Rachel Martin
Dan Greenwood

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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6:52am

Sun August 26, 2012
Author Interviews

'The Ethicist' Explains How To 'Be Good'

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

Randy Cohen served as "The Ethicist" for The New York Times Magazine for 12 years.
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After 12 years writing a column on ethics, Randy Cohen is convinced ethics is not a moving target, unique to time or place.

"I believe there are a set of principles that are so profound and so essentially moral that if I were just slightly smarter and slightly more eloquent, I could travel everywhere and persuade everyone that they should apply," he tells Weekend Edition guest host Linda Wertheimer.

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5:15am

Sun August 26, 2012
Politics

What To Expect At The GOP Convention

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

We're joined now by Mara Liasson, national political correspondent for NPR. Hi, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hi, Linda.

WERTHEIMER: We just heard Senator Grassley, the Republican from Iowa, say he reluctantly attend his party's political convention because he has a sense of obligation, which raises the question: what is the point of these conventions anyway? Do you think people still pay attention to them?

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5:15am

Sun August 26, 2012
Middle East

Syria Plunges Into Another Week Of Deep Violence

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

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5:15am

Sun August 26, 2012
World

Hong Kong Keeping Syria Online

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

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5:15am

Sun August 26, 2012
Politics

Convention Veteran Checks GOP Mood In Tampa

Originally published on Sun August 26, 2012 10:32 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

Among the Republicans heading for Tampa this week - weather permitting, of course - is Chuck Grassley, the senior senator from Iowa. He's held that office since 1981. We spoke with him Friday, before event organizers delayed the kickoff for the Republican National Convention, and asked him how he thinks Republicans are feeling about the election.

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