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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6:01am

Sun June 22, 2014
Author Interviews

'Astonish Me' Asks, Is It Enough To Only Be Good?

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 12:17 pm

We're continuing our weekend reads recommendations with author Alexander Chee, whose novel Edinburgh won multiple literary awards. Chee's pick for you this weekend is Astonish Me, by Maggie Shipstead — the tale of a ballerina who leaves the dance world to have a baby. Chee tells NPR's Rachel Martin that he appreciates Shipstead's prose, which he calls excellent but not flashy. "I think of it as having a transparent quality which is to say that you're drawn into the story more than you are made to consistently pay attention to the style of it.

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6:01am

Sun June 22, 2014
Sports

Pregame Rituals Give World Cup Players A Measure Of Control

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

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LYNN NEARY, HOST:

Wearing your socks inside out or taking seven showers in a row. If you're a sports fan, you know that some players have unique routines they perform before each game. With the World Cup in full swing, the pre-game rituals of international soccer players are on display. Some are odd, others downright outlandish. Here to talk about the history and significance of these rituals is Paul Simpson. He's the editor of Champions, the official magazine of the UEFA Champions League. And he joins us from London. Thanks for being here, Mr. Simpson.

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6:01am

Sun June 22, 2014
Middle East

Women Have An Edge In Gaza Startup Market

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

The Gaza Strip is no easy place to start a business, but some of the logistical challenges of running a business there work in favor of female entrepreneurs.

6:01am

Sun June 22, 2014
Middle East

Verdict Due Monday For 3 Al Jazeera Journalists In Cairo

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

An Egyptian court will issue a verdict Monday in the case of three journalists who have been in jail for months. Correspondent Leila Fadel talks to NPR's Lynn Neary about the controversial case.

6:01am

Sun June 22, 2014
Middle East

Tensions Rise As Afghan Candidate Rejects Election Results

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

Before the results are even in, Abdullah Abdullah says he won't recognize the outcome of Afghan's presidential election. The one-time front-runner risks pushing the country into political crisis.

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