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Sunday Mornings from 6 to 9 a.m.
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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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10:58pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Europe

Running With The Bulls, But The Fear Is Financial

Originally published on Mon July 16, 2012 3:07 pm

Summertime is Spain's festival season. Villages across the country will honor their patron saints with more wild parties. But come September, a hangover just might be waiting.
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As a journalist, I came to Pamplona to see if Spain's dismal economy would dampen the spirit of the country's biggest summertime festival, the running of the bulls. Spaniards take their partying very seriously, and if there were even a hint of melancholy in their chants of "Viva San Fermin!" it might mean the economy devils had won.

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10:03pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Monkey See

The Id, The Ego And The Superhero: What Makes Batman Tick?

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 9:11 am

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises.
Ron Phillips Warner Brothers Pictures

When you look at Batman with a coldly analytical eye — and he's hard to avoid these days, with The Dark Knight Rises set to come out Friday — a few things stand out as potential red flags: the secrecy, the lair, the attraction to danger, the blithe self-sacrifice, the ... cape.

It's unusual, all of it, you have to admit. Sure, he's handy to have around in an emergency, and you can't beat a fella who can be summoned with a giant light in the sky in the event you've got no cellphone reception.

But is he entirely ... well?

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10:03pm

Sat July 14, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Following The Trail

Originally published on Sun July 15, 2012 9:11 am

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On-Air Challenge: For each category, name something in the category starting with each of the letters in the word "trail." For example, if the category were "books of the Bible," you might say Timothy, Ruth, Amos, Isaiah and Leviticus.

Any answer that works is correct. And you can give the answers in any order.

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12:59pm

Sun July 8, 2012
Author Interviews

What's Travel Writer Paul Theroux Reading?

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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5:33am

Sun July 8, 2012
Science

How It Feels To Win A Bet Against Stephen Hawking

Originally published on Sun July 8, 2012 12:59 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And let's turn from political to science. Researchers discovered what looks to be the elusive Higgs boson. It's a subatomic particle they've spent nearly 50 years searching for. So, this was special vindication for their efforts, and special vindication for one of the scientists who's been searching for the particle - a man named Gordy Kane. Kane won $100 in a bet with Stephen Hawking, arguably the world's smartest person alive today. Hawking admitted defeat on the BBC.

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