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 August 28, 2011

Bling And Borscht: 'Russian Dolls' Play Up Stereotypes

Diana is one of the "Russian Dolls" on the new Lifetime reality show set in Brighton Beach, N.Y. Born in Kishinev, Moldova, she is 23 years old and known as "The Princess."
Giovanni Rufino Lifetime

Lifetime's Russian Dolls is just the latest "reality" TV show to have a tenuous relationship with reality. It's Real Housewives meets Jersey Shore meets Brighton Beach — a New York neighborhood full of Russian transplants. "It's one square mile of Brooklyn, jampacked with crazy Russians," explains one of the show's characters. But residents of the largely immigrant neighborhood say the show hardly reflects their reality.

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Fri August 26, 2011
Indie Rock

Fall Music Preview: Latin Alternative Edition

Dominican-American rapper Maluca is among Alt.Latino's picks for the best new Latin alternative music.
Courtesy of the artist

Summer is almost over, but the good news is that there's plenty of amazing music to look forward to this fall. Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd, hosts of NPR Music's Alt.Latino, join Weekend Edition Sunday this week to talk about some of their favorite new and upcoming Latin alternative music.

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Fri August 26, 2011
The Record

Free Music in the Heart of the L.A. Sprawl

Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80's July 15 show at Grand Performances in Los Angeles. For over 25 years, Grand Performances' free shows have drawn diverse crowds to downtown L.A.
RJ Sakai Courtesy of Grand Performances

Over the next few weeks, we're producing stories about the business of putting on free concerts, how they work and what they bring to their communities.

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Sun August 21, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Economists At Odds

We heard from many listeners about a conversation last week with two of the nation's top economists, Joseph Stiglitz of Colombia University and John Taylor of Stanford University. Guest host John Ydstie reads listener comments on this story and more.


Sun August 21, 2011
Reporter's Notebook

These American Lives: The Reality Behind The Hype

This past week, politicians of all stripes blanketed the Midwest and the news. We wanted to balance the talking points and campaign speeches with the voices of ordinary people, struggling in this economy, so NPR's Andrea Seabrook drove south, out of Washington, D.C., filing stories from places that don't often make the news.