Weekend Edition Sunday

Sunday Mornings from 6 to 10
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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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6:00am

Sun March 25, 2012
Music

'Up Jumped Spring': The Season In Song

Spring arrived this past week, and guest host Susan Stamberg offers this musical bouquet for the season by the great jazz singer Abbey Lincoln.

4:09am

Sun March 25, 2012
National Teachers Initiative

A Teacher's Ultimatum Drives Student's Success

Raul Bravo had Clairene Terry as an automotive teacher in high school. Now, he is pursuing an associate degree in automotive technology.
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In high school, Raul Bravo asked himself whether it was worth getting a diploma. He saw other ways of making money to buy the best Nikes.

"At that age, I've seen many of my friends making fast money drug dealing," he says.

Now 21, Bravo is an auto mechanic in Chicago. He never thought about a career working on cars, until he met automotive teacher Clairene Terry.

Terry says counselors warned her about Bravo — he was a failing student who wasn't going to class.

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4:08am

Sun March 25, 2012
Theater

Lost Play Found: The 'Exorcism' of Eugene O'Neill

The Arena Stage

"Oh, no, no," Washington Post drama critic Peter Marks wrote recently. "Not Eugene O'Neill."

Marks was reacting to an ambitious O'Neill festival underway at various theatres in Washington, D.C. To many, O'Neill remains the quintessential playwright of miserable people in miserable families leading miserable lives full of misery. And booze.

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10:01pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Monkey See

What Would Joan Harris Do? Eleanor Clift Remembers 'Mad' Times At Newsweek

Originally published on Sun March 25, 2012 8:30 am

Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) is one of the women of Mad Men, which returns Sunday night on AMC.
Frank Ockenfels AMC

With Sunday's long-awaited fifth-season premiere of Mad Men finally arriving, Eleanor Clift recently wrote a cover story for Newsweek about what it was like for her as a young employee at Newsweek at around the same time, in the late 1960s, that the show is set. On Sunday's Weekend Edition, she talks to Susan Stamberg about what that time was like.

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6:41pm

Sat March 24, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Don't Be Lax With Your Answers

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer today is a word or phrase containing the consecutive letters A-X. You'll be given clues and anagrams to the answers.

Last Week's Challenge: Take the phrase "no sweat." Using only these seven letters, and repeating them as often as necessary, can you make a familiar four-word phrase? It's 15 letters long. What is it?

Answer: The phrase is "waste not, want not."

Winner: Alison Haskins of Oxford, Ohio

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