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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6:26am

Sun May 20, 2012
NPR Story

Donor Resurrects Endangered Bookmobile

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 6:39 am

When a bookmobile broke down last winter in rural Vermont, patrons, especially preschoolers, really missed it. Then a donor, who heard an NPR story about the rolling library's demise, came up with over $100,000 for a replacement. The town can't believe its good fortune. Vermont Public Radio's Charlotte Albright reports.

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6:26am

Sun May 20, 2012
NPR Story

Sports Injuries: A Look At The Data

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 6:39 am

If life is a ballgame, then NPR's Mike Pesca is the guy in the stands, carrying his own stat-sheet and searching out empirical evidence. Host Rachel Martin speaks with Pesca about what the numbers have to say about injuries.

6:26am

Sun May 20, 2012
NPR Story

Lessons For Egyptian Elections From Turkey

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 6:39 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

And when Egyptians head to the polls this week, many will be looking to celebrate the end of military rule, which began some 50 years ago. Observers warn that it won't be easy to send a deeply entrenched military back to its barracks, and they point to Turkey's experience as an example.

NPR's Peter Kenyon reports from Istanbul.

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4:13am

Sun May 20, 2012
Movies

From Borat To Aladeen, Laughter Is Cohen's Goal

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 8:27 am

Sacha Baron Cohen plays the fictional North African leader Haffaz Aladeen in his new movie, The Dictator.
Melinda Sue Gordon Paramount Pictures

There isn't much actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen won't do for a laugh.

Baron Cohen splashed his face with toilet water as Borat, the clueless TV reporter from Kazakhstan. He stripped in front of Congressman Ron Paul as Bruno, the gay Austrian fashion journalist.

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4:12am

Sun May 20, 2012
Music Interviews

Behind The Shades: Slash Tries To 'Figure This Thing Out'

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 6:33 am

Slash, the former lead guitarist for Guns N' Roses, has a new album out.
Travis Shinn

Behind the opening notes of "Welcome to the Jungle" was a musician with a sound and look all his own. Slash was the lead guitarist of the legendary band Guns N' Roses. His new album is called Apocalyptic Love.

Slash's given name was Saul Hudson. When he was a teenager, his friend's dad dubbed him "Slash" and it stuck. With a name like that, he was destined for rock stardom.

For years, it's been hard to find a picture of him without shades and a hat on.

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