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
Media

News Tips

Kids are headed back to school, Labor Day weekend upon us and that means that the political season will be getting into high gear — along with the media circus around it. NPR's David Folkenflik tells us how to get a handle on the way the media world is changing.

6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
Politics

As It Returns, Congress Has Full Plate

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

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, host: And as you've just heard, Congress is indeed back in session this week. And there's much more than just the joint session on their plate. Right away, the House will pick up where it left off with their political brawl over spending and the nation's debt. And after spending so much of the summer talking about the debt ceiling, there are all kinds of issues still hanging. Joining us from Capitol Hill to tell us about those issues is NPR congressional correspondent David Welna. Hi, David.

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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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4:08am

Sun September 4, 2011
Around the Nation

'The World Speaks' In Response To Sept. 11

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 9:27 am

Lee Ielpi is president of the September 11th Families' Association, which opened the Tribute WTC Visitor Center in 2006.
Frank Franklin II AP

Construction is still under way at ground zero, the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York. A memorial plaza is set to open a week from Sunday, 10 years after the attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.

Amid the bulldozers and cranes, there are newly planted oak trees. Workers are putting the finishing touches on the two massive waterfalls that will flow into the foundations where the towers once stood. The official museum won't be ready until 2012.

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10:01pm

Sat September 3, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

The End Is The Beginning

On-Air Challenge: In a chosen category, name something else in the same category in which the last two letters of Will's word are the first two letters of the answer. Example: for TUBA, the answer might be BASSOON, because TUBA is a musical instrument ending in BA, and BA is the start of BASSOON.

Last Week's Challenge from listener Ed Pegg Jr.: Rearrange the twelve letters of the words "AIR CUSHIONED" to name a person in the media, first and last names.

Answer: "Audio Cornish"

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