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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4:25pm

Fri November 25, 2011
Music News

Witnessing The Second Coming Of Jeff Mangum

Neutral Milk Hotel performs at Spaceland in Los Angeles in 1998.
Daniel McClenaghan

It's been nearly 15 years since Neutral Milk Hotel released its iconic final album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, but the band and leader Jeff Mangum have never fallen off the radar.

With his bold, tinny voice and honest yet surreal lyrics, Mangum and his bandmates re-imagined how independent music could sound. Now that he's performing for the first time in more than a decade, Mangum is also rewriting the rules for how to tour as a musician.

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11:47am

Sun November 20, 2011
NPR Story

Clashes Mount In Egypt's Tahrir Square

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

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7:00am

Sun November 20, 2011
Arts & Life

Tweety And Sylvester Bring Mel Blanc Back To Life

Looney Tunes are back! A brand-new cartoon short called I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat debuts in theaters this weekend. It features beloved comedy duo Tweety Bird and Sylvester The Cat, but the real star of the show is the man who made them famous.

Mel Blanc was the voice of Warner Bros' most enduring cartoon characters for more than 50 years. He died in 1989, but an original recording of Blanc singing "I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat" has been remastered for the new short, playing in theaters alongside the film Happy Feet Two.

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6:00am

Sun November 20, 2011
Food

Foolproof: The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

From roasting, smoking or even frying the bird, to particulars of brines and dry rubs, how to cook the Thanksgiving turkey is a debate about as old as the holiday itself. Host Audie Cornish talks with SAVEUR Editor-In-Chief James Oseland about his fail-proof method for producing the tastiest, juiciest Thanksgiving turkey.

6:00am

Sun November 20, 2011
Education

A Gift Given Back To Audie Cornish's Teacher

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

My next guest taught me how to solve all kinds of puzzles of history. Lynn Harding was my history teacher in high school back in Randolph, Massachusetts; and my current events teacher and my homeroom teacher. Well, we spent a lot of time together and our conversation is part of the StoryCorps National Day of Listening Project this year.

We're hoping you might also sit down with a teacher on the day after Thanksgiving and listen. It's not something I'd really done before with Mrs. Harding because, well, she was really tough on us.

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