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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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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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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Sat September 3, 2011
Music Interviews

Lenny Kravitz: Choosing Optimism

Lenny Kravitz and guitarist Craig Ross, performing in New York this summer.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

For more than 20 years, Lenny Kravitz has defied the expectations of radio programmers with his mix of psychedelic rock and soul. His newest album, Black and White America, continues in that tradition, hopping between genres and featuring guest spots from Jay-Z, Drake and Trombone Shorty.

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Sun August 28, 2011
Hurricane Irene Hits East Coast

Conn. Town Copes With Irene's Fading Wrath

The worst of Tropical Storm Irene has passed New York, but it's still causing havoc in southern New England. The town of Stonington, Conn., is dealing with downed power lines, flooding and fire. Guest host John Ydstie talks to Ed Haberek Jr. Stonington's director of Emergency Management.


Sun August 28, 2011
NPR Story

High Winds Stroke Long Island As Storm Hits

Just east of New York City, towns in suburban Long Island are bracing for Tropical Storm Irene. Guest host John Ydstie speaks to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano about preparations in the area.