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 September 4, 2011
NPR Story

After Irene, Upstate N.Y. Limps To Recovery

The massive clean-up from Tropical Storm Irene continues in upstate New York, but some cash-strapped rural communities say they're not sure how much they can afford to rebuild.

6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
Africa

Rebels Make Major Gains In Libya

Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 6:50 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

Rebels in Libya say they are encroaching on one of the last strongholds of the country's long-time ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. Meantime, they're consolidating power in the capital.

We're joined now by NPR's Jason Beaubien who is traveling in the country. Hi there, Jason..

JASON BEAUBIEN: Hello.

CORNISH: So, Jason, explain how much of the country at this point is considered in rebel hands.

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6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
Europe

Strauss-Kahn Returns To France

Originally published on Sun September 4, 2011 7:42 am

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AUDIE CORNISH, host: Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned to France today, for the first time since he was arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid in May. Those charges have been dropped but Strauss-Kahn isn't out of hot water yet.

Eleanor Beardsley reports that the former head of the International Monetary Fund returns home to a country divided in its feelings over the former political star.

ELEANOR BEARDSLEY: The media coverage Strauss-Kahn got in New York seemed like nothing compared with what awaited him in Paris.

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6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
Politics

Palin Flirts With Presidential Run

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin offered her supporters no hint of her political plans during a speech Saturday at a Tea Party rally in Iowa.

The atmosphere was that of an end-of-summer county fair. There was plenty of food, lots of T-shirts for sale even some country music. But for the 2,000 or so people gathered on a soggy field in Indianola, south of Des Moines, Palin was the main attraction. It wasnt her first visit to Iowa, home of the nation's first presidential caucus next year.

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4:28am

Sun September 4, 2011
Author Interviews

Know This Headline's Font? You're 'Just My Type'

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Are you an Arial person? A Times New Roman? A Garamond? A Lucida Handwriting? So much of our communication is expressed in text these days that people become deeply attached to the typeface they use to type out their thoughts. Bold or unbold, serif or sans-serif — like the car you drive or the clothes you wear, your font expresses who you are ... and can go in and out of style.

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