Weekend Edition Sunday

Sunday Mornings from 6 to 10
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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Sun April 15, 2012
The Picture Show

Late Photographer Tim Hetherington's Work Showed Interior Lives Of Soldiers

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 8:59 am

Specialist Tad Donoho screams with pain after being administered a "pink belly" for his birthday: Each member of the platoon struck his stomach until it bruised. July 2008.
Tim Hetherington

A year ago this week, photojournalist Tim Hetherington posted this message on Twitter:

Those words ended up being some of Hetherington's last; he was killed in Misrata, along with fellow photographer Chris Hondros.

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Sun April 15, 2012

'Lazhar': In A Crisis, An Outsider Finds His Place

Algerian actor Fellag stars as Monsieur Lazhar, a man pursuing political asylum in Canada. After a school-related tragedy, Lazhar tackles the challenge of comforting mourning students with his graceful humor.
Music Box Films

Monsieur Lazhar is a French Canadian film, a bittersweet comedy about an Algerian immigrant who gently moves into the role of teacher and comforter for a grief-stricken class of middle-school children in Montreal.

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2011. (It lost to Iran's A Separation.) But last month it swept the Genies, Canada's national film prizes, winning best picture, director, actor and three other awards.

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Sun April 15, 2012
Music Interviews

The Toure-Raichel Collective: 'Two Chefs In The Kitchen'

Idan Raichel (left) and Vieux Farka Toure's new collaborative album is The Tel-Aviv Session.
Nitzan Treystman Courtesy of the artist

Idan Raichel first met Malian guitar luminary Vieux Farka Toure in a chance encounter at an airport in Germany. Raichel, an Israeli pop star and keyboard player, had admired Toure's work— as well as that of his father, the late Ali Farka Toure — for many years before they crossed paths.

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Sat April 14, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

A Challenge That Is Initially Famous

Originally published on Sat April 28, 2012 2:23 pm

NPR Graphic

On-Air Challenge: You'll be given a two- or three-word description of a famous person. The initial letters of the description are also the initials of the person.

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Sun April 8, 2012

CBS Neswman Mike Wallace Dies

CBS News veteran Mike Wallace has died, the network announced Sunday. He was 93. Rachel Martin talks to NPR's David Folkenflik about Wallace's legacy.