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 June 29, 2014
Sunday Puzzle

The Missing Link

Originally published on Sun June 29, 2014 12:21 pm


On-air challenge: For each set of three words, find a word that can precede each one to complete a familiar two-word phrase or name. The first word in each set will name an animal. Example: turtle, spring, office. The answer would be box — box turtle, box spring, box office.

Last week's challenge: Think of a 10-letter adjective describing certain institutions. Drop three letters from this word, and the remaining seven letters, reading left to right, will name an institution described by this adjective. What institution is it?

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Sun June 29, 2014
Music Interviews

Joe Henry On Marriage And The Songs That Embody It

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:58 am

Joe Henry's latest album is Invisible Hour.
Sarah Tilotta NPR

Joe Henry sounds like a pretty good name for a no-nonsense jack-of-all-trades, a guy devoted to family who knows about a day's pay for a day's work, and about commitment.

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Sun June 22, 2014
Fine Art

With Blocks And Bricks, A Minimalist Returns To The Gallery

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 3:09 pm

"Redan" is one of the works of minimalist sculptor Carl Andre on display at his retrospective at the Dia Art Foundation in Beacon, N.Y.
Karen Michel for NPR

Carl Andre is credited with changing the history of sculpture.

Now nearly 80, Andre once scrounged industrial materials — timber, bricks, squares and ingots of metal — and arranged them on the floor. No pedestals, no joints and no altering of the surfaces.

In 1970, the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan gave the young artist a retrospective. The minimalist sculptor's career was going well.

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Sun June 22, 2014
Fine Art

'The Illustrated Courtroom' Finds Art In Real-Life Legal Drama

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 11:26 am

Artist Elizabeth Williams sketched NPR's Rachel Martin during their conversation.
Elizabeth Williams

For some trials, courtroom sketches are the only images the public ever sees. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with artist Elizabeth Williams about her new book, which looks at 50 years of such drawings.


Sun June 22, 2014

'I'm An Iraqi': A Family Attacked, A Brother Missing

Originally published on Sun June 22, 2014 10:33 am

In 2005, Iqbal al-Juboori's family, who is Sunni, was attacked at home. The attackers kidnapped Juboori's brother simply because of his ethnicity, she believes.
Courtesy of Iqbal al-Juboori

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Iqbal al-Juboori is well acquainted with the ethnic tensions coming to a head in her home country of Iraq right now. In 2005, her family, who is Sunni, was attacked in their home and her brother was kidnapped simply because of his ethnicity, Juboori believes.

Her brother hasn't been seen since.

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