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.

Over the years, legions of journalist have come to the Middle East looking for the big story. Most bring back tales of war, political intrigue, religious conflict and human suffering, but journalist Annia Ciezadlo brought back something else as well: recipes. Ciezadlo covered the wars in Lebanon and Iraq for the Christian Science Monitor and The New Republic, and also used her time in the region to gather recipes and the stories behind them.

Fill In The Blanks

Mar 12, 2011

On-Air Challenge: You are given a sentence that contains two blanks. The word in the first blank contains a J sound. Change that to a CH sound to get the second word and complete the sentence. For example, given: "___ ___ in a person's popularity leads to many a Google ___"; the answer would be: "A SURGE in a person's popularity leads to many a Google SEARCH."

For decades, the U.S. relied on Arab autocrats to provide stability in the Middle East — but all that is changing now as popular uprisings topple dictators.

The U.S. is desperately trying to stay in the game, and officials say they will start shifting assistance to support the democratic aspirations and the economic empowerment of protesters.

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A Tip Of The Hat

Mar 5, 2011

On-Air Challenge

Each answer is a familiar two-word phrase. The first word starts with H-A, and the second word starts with T. For example, given the clue "a brand of tanning lotion," the answer would be "Hawaiian Tropic."

Last Week's Challenge

From Merl Reagle: Take a common girl's name that's six letters long. Change the fourth letter to the next letter in the alphabet to get another common girl's name. What names are these?

Answers: Marsha to Martha

Winner: John LePeau of Iowa City, Iowa

At 25, Tea Obreht falls on the younger end of writers to pen a literary phenomenon that rises above the din of the publishing world. The Tiger's Wife, her first novel, is a vividly imagined work that draws on the folk culture of the Balkans, where Obreht was born. She lived in Yugoslavia until the age of 7, when the war prompted Obreht, her mother and grandparents to flee to Cyprus and Egypt.

Kendra Spanjer

It’s not often that a writer and historian steps over into the world of acting. But that’s what Teresa Funke has done with her 2007 book “Dancing in Combat Boots”. It presents 10 fictional stories based off women’s real experiences at home and abroad during World War II. During March, which is Women’s History Month, KUNC’s Grace Hood sat down to talk with Funke about her upcoming play and book--and one thing you may not know about Greeley’s past.

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