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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8:00am

Sun January 30, 2011
Economy

How Will New York's Cuomo Cut $10 Billion?

When Andrew Cuomo was sworn in as New York governor this month, he signed up to deal with a record-breaking budget problem.

8:00am

Sun January 23, 2011
Sports

Super Bowl Contenders Battle Their Final Foes

The Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers in the playoffs for the first time since 1941, and the New York Jets take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Host Liane Hansen talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about Sunday's big games in the NFL conference finals. The secret to both games, according Pesca, is all in the Mikes.

8:00am

Sun January 23, 2011
Movies

Who Will Star In This Year's Oscar Nominations?

We find out Tuesday whether or not Oscar will friend The Social Network, if The Fighter could be a contender and if Toy Story 3 will prove more than child's play. Host Liane Hansen speaks with Boston Globe film critic Wesley Morris about the upcoming Oscar nominations.

8:00am

Sun January 23, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Women Farmers; House Seating Chart

Listeners responded to our stories on women in agriculture and Sen. Mark Udall's call for Democrats and Republicans to sit together for the State of the Union address. Plus, they had something to say about the matriarch of the Partridge Family, Shirley Jones. Host Liane Hansen reads from listener comments.

8:00am

Sun January 23, 2011
Food

A Life-Changing Pie Experience

Sunday is National Pie Day, a time to honor what the American Pie Council calls "America's favorite dessert." Host Liane Hansen talks with pie evangelist and baker Beth Howard about how pie isn't just a delicious indulgence — it also helped change her life.

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