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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Fri July 22, 2011
Music Interviews

A Few Of Vanessa Carlton's Favorite Things

Vanessa Carlton's new album, Rabbits on the Run, comes out July 26.
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Vanessa Carlton started her career intending to become a professional ballet dancer, but instead, she followed her dreams of becoming a musician. Now, she's a classically trained pianist, a singer and a songwriter. Her 2002 debut album, Be Not Nobody, earned three Grammy nominations. She's followed up that smash debut with three more albums, the latest of which is titled Rabbits on the Run.

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Sun July 17, 2011

Drought In The Horn Of Africa

Close to 10 million people urgently require food aid in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia, with children and the elderly in the direst situation. NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton travels to Northwest Kenya for a first-hand look at the results of the devastating drought in the Horn of Africa.


Sun July 17, 2011
NPR Story

U.S. In World Cup Final

The United States plays in the finals of the women's World Cup soccer championship against Japan Sunday afternoon. As thrilling as the ride has been so far, the women on the team know that a great journey needs a great ending.

A short while before the World Cup tournament began, U.S. striker Abby Wambach was asked what it takes to win the World Cup. The 5'11 striker with more than 150 goals in international competition listed what the team will need.

"It's gonna take some guts," she said. "It's gonna take some luck, it's gonna take some skill, some goals, some defending."

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Sun July 17, 2011

Average American Taxpayers React To Debt

Another week of difficult bargaining lies ahead for the White House and congressional Republicans over the nation's debt ceiling. NPR's Don Gonyea travels to Levittown, Penn., to see how average American taxpayers and voters are reacting to the President Obama's remarks about the debt ceiling and the ongoing debt negotiations in Washington, D.C.


Sun July 17, 2011

Jane Austen Manuscript Sells For $1.6M

Originally published on Sun July 17, 2011 10:23 am


LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: Forget "Pride and Promiscuity." Never mind "Sense and Sensibility" and "Sea Monsters." Now there is a real Jane Austen manuscript to behold. This week, at Sotheby's in London, an unfinished novel by the adored author, sold at auction for just under one million pounds. That's about $1.6 million.

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