Weekend Edition Sunday

  • Hosted by Rachel Martin
  • Local Host Karlie Huckels

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.

Shirley Jones is probably best known, at least to a certain generation, for her role as Shirley Partridge, mother of television's singing Partridge family in the early 70s. Others may remember her Oscar-winning role as Lulu in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry, or her performance as Laurey in the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. Host Liane Hansen interviews the actress and singer, who recently released her newest album, a tribute to her early champion Richard Rodgers.

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Much of last week's program was devoted to the coverage of the shootings in Tucson. We followed the police investigation as it unfolded and details slowly began to emerge. And we took a moment out to remember the six people who were killed.