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My two main passions are music and a fascination with the news.
I was exposed to public and community radio at a young age, first with college radio and later with public radio in my home state of Minnesota. A Prairie Home Companion was a mainstay with my family growing up and yes, lutefisk and hot-dish recipes are quite common.
My first experience in Colorado was when I was on tour with a rock band in 2006 and I became fascinated with the backdrop of lonely mountains covered in snow even in the summertime. I discovered KUNC shortly after moving here last year and am thrilled to be the new host of Weekend Edition!
When I’m not behind the microphone, I play the guitar, hike, cook Southeast Asian food and read about exotic places that I hope to visit someday.
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.
A weekend morning news magazine covering hard news, a wide variety of news makers, and cultural stories. On Saturdays, Simon's award-winning commentaries sum up an idea or event related to the week's news. There are clever, informative exchanges, and fresh reports from a cross-section of NPR correspondents on topics from religion to health to food to politics. Simon's interviews with key artists, authors, performers and personalities are always memorable.