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.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Liane Hansen.

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

Time now for your letters. On last week's show, we had a conversation about the largest minority group in the agriculture industry - women. We spoke with farmers Barbara Armstrong and Carol Keiser-Long.

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It was the fashion equivalent of a first-class prize fight — the Thrilla in Manila, only with high heels, not boxing gloves.

In one corner, the titans of French haute couture: the houses of Yves St. Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro and Pierre Cardin — designers known for being elegant, traditional, proper.

And in the other corner, some of America's best and brightest: Anne Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Bill Blass, Halston and a swiftly rising star, Stephen Burrows.

The Washington, D.C.-based indie-rock band The Dismemberment Plan released four albums and toured the world, including an opening stint with Pearl Jam. By 2000, its members had quit their day jobs to keep up with their dedicated following on tour.

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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LIANE HANSEN, Host:

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.

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