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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6:00am

Sun March 11, 2012
NPR Story

U.S. Soldier Shoots Afghan Civilians

Originally published on Sun March 11, 2012 9:05 am

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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

American officials say that a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan walked off a base in the predawn hours this morning and began shooting at civilian homes in the southern province of Kandahar. Initial reports say 15 civilians are dead, including women and children. Relations between the United States and Afghanistan had been slowly returning to normal after last month's accidental burning of the Quran at an American military base. But this morning's news may erase that progress.

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6:00am

Sun March 11, 2012
NPR Story

Selection Sunday: Who's Basketball's Next Cinderella?

Starting Sunday evening, millions of people will be trying to predict the next VCU, the next Butler, the next George Mason. That is, the next Cinderella. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with WSU Coach Gregg Marshall.

6:00am

Sun March 11, 2012
Music

A Web Of Notes: Violinist Uses Spider Silk

Guest host Linda Wertheimer reports on a Japanese researcher who has used spider silk to spin a set of violin strings.

5:07am

Sun March 11, 2012
History

Life At Jefferson's Monticello, As His Slaves Saw It

Isaac Granger was an enslaved blacksmith at Monticello. Jefferson made Granger's father, George Granger Sr., Monticello's overseer, the only enslaved man to rise to that position and to receive an annual wage.
Special Collections, University of Virginia Library

Thomas Jefferson's very existence was shaped and enabled by slavery. Slaves placed newborn Thomas in his cradle, and slaves comforted the former president on his deathbed.

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4:22am

Sun March 11, 2012
Author Interviews

Artful, American Essays From 'When I Was A Child'

Farar, Straus and Giroux

In her new collection of essays, novelist Marilynne Robinson writes: "I find that the hardest work in the world — it may in fact be impossible — is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling."

Robinson grew up in Idaho and has lived in Massachusetts for 20 years. In her essay collection When I Was a Child I Read Books, Robinson takes on misconceptions of the American West, the generosity of Christian faith, and the state of the global economy.

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