Weekend Edition Sunday

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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 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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Sun July 17, 2011
Books News & Features

Students Get Up Close And Personal With Rare Books

The Rare Book School was founded in 1983 to support the study of the history of books and printing.

Three stories underground, in the University of Virginia's main library, 60 librarians, collectors, scholars and other bibliophiles divide into small groups. They're barely breathing as they lean over texts that have been around for centuries, like the 1497 Latin edition of Sebastian Brant's The Ship of Fools.

Staff members like Barbara Heritage shuttle from room to room, bearing precious cargo. "Our job is to be almost like stage hands," she says.

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Sat July 16, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

Barking Up The Right Tree

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a compound word or a familiar two-word phrase in which each part is a single syllable. The vowel sound in the first half is a long I, and the vowel sound in the second half is a long O. For example, given the clue "something found on a fir tree," the answer would be "pine cone."

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