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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8:54am

Sun June 29, 2014
Media

Advertisers Come Out Of The Closet, Openly Courting Gay Consumers

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:16 pm

Boyfriends, or roommates? Decades ago, commercials like this 1997 Volkswagen Golf ad left homosexual relationships implied, in a sort of secret code. These days, gay-friendly advertisers don't feel the need to be covert.
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7:58am

Sun June 29, 2014
Africa

In Nigeria, Many Girls Are Married And Divorced Before Adulthood

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 1:14 pm

Nigeria's rate of child marriage is among the highest in the world. Michelle Faul of the Associated Press tells NPR's Don Gonyea that the rate of girls being divorced and abandoned is rising too.

6:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Sports

Die-Hard Fans Still Fill The Grids With Balls And Strikes

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 10:23 am

Transcript

DON GONYEA, HOST:

And before R. A. Dickey headed off to the ballpark, I tossed him one more question about a decades-old baseball ritual - following the game with a pencil and a scorecard - keeping score.

R. A. DICKEY: I grew up watching WGN and TBS from my living room and having a scorebook there and, like, keeping score off the television. At the end of it, it's like you've put together this really neat puzzle and woven this story, and you've somehow played a part in it.

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6:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Author Interviews

Pitcher R.A. Dickey Tells Kids It's OK To Be Different

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 10:23 am

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

R. A. Dickey is a phenomenal pitcher. He's also a lone wolf.

(SOUNDBITE OF BASEBALL GAMES)

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #1: 1-2 to Davis...

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #2: In the air. Strike three. Whoa. Back-to-back one-hitters for R. A. Dickey...

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER #3: The phenomenon that is Robert Allen Dickey continues to get more and more unlikely.

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6:12am

Sun June 29, 2014
Humans

Curious Father Decodes His Unborn Son's DNA

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 3:22 pm

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DON GONYEA, HOST:

Couples awaiting the birth of a child face a lot of unknowns. Boy or girl? Will they be healthy? Advances in genetic testing allow parents to know more than ever. But current tests generally target a single medical condition. It's only recently that the genes of a fetus have been completely genotyped.

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