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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5:56pm

Sat February 25, 2012
Music Interviews

Jenny Scheinman: The Right Amount Of 'Mayhem'

Originally published on Wed February 29, 2012 9:20 am

Jenny Scheinman, far right, with her Mischief & Mayhem quartet. Left to right: drummer Jim Black, bassist Todd Sickafoose, guitarist Nels Cline.
Michael Gross

You may not know violinist Jenny Scheinman by name, but she's all over the place.

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5:42pm

Sat February 25, 2012
What's in a Song?

Open Wide And Say Yee-Haw! Dentist Goes West In Song

D.W. Goethe performs at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nev.
Jessica Brandi Lifland

"I'm living the dream." Just hearing the phrase is probably enough to make you roll your eyes and groan. Yet Montana songwriter D.W. Groethe knows someone who, years ago, managed to do just that.

"He was my dentist," Goethe says.

No joke. In fact, Goethe wrote a song in honor of the man who at one time cleaned his teeth.

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6:00am

Sun February 19, 2012
NPR Story

Rising Gas Prices Could Put Sting On Summer

The national average for unleaded gas has risen to $3.50 a gallon only three times in history. This year's rise to that threshold is the earliest ever, and the Department of Energy suggests that prices could near $5 a gallon by the start of the summer driving season. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks with Phil Flynn of the futures brokerage PFGBEST.

6:00am

Sun February 19, 2012
NPR Story

What's Behind The Rise Of College Tuition?

Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin talks to NPR education reporter Claudio Sanchez about the huge rise in public college tuition as states face a budget squeeze.

6:00am

Sun February 19, 2012
NPR Story

Providence Seeks Aid From Ivy League Resident

Originally published on Sun February 19, 2012 8:55 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Brown University, a private school in Providence, Rhode Island, is being asked to do more for its hometown. The city is almost in the red and the mayor is calling on the tax exempt colleges and hospitals to help out. As Ian Donnis of Rhode Island Public Radio reporters, all of this has triggered some tension between Providence and its Ivy League school.

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