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 February 12, 2012
Music News

Simon Joyner: A Scene Pioneer Takes The Quiet Life

Though he's remained under the radar, Simon Joyner has never stopped making music. His newest project is a fan-funded double LP.
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Sun February 12, 2012
The Record

One Grammy Award You Won't See On TV

Syl Johnson poses for a portrait circa 1972. A box set collecting much of his work has been nominated for two Grammys.
Michael Ochs Archives Getty Images

The 54th Grammy Awards will be handed out Sunday — not all of them during the evening telecast. The winners of the lower-profile categories are announced earlier in the day, and Weekend Edition host Rachel Martin spoke to Ken Shipley, who's nominated for two of those: Best Historical Album and Best Album Notes.

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Sun February 12, 2012
Arts & Life

Black, Female And An Inspirational Modern Artist

Elizabeth Catlett's 1968 sculpture Homage to My Young Black Sisters
Allison Keyes NPR

Just in the last year, 96-year-old American artist Elizabeth Catlett has had her work featured in exhibitions from Istanbul to Mexico to New York. Young artists use Catlett's technical expertise and insights into gender, race and class as a jumping-off point for their own work, yet she's still unknown to much of the general public.

The 'Invisible' Artist

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Sat February 11, 2012
Sunday Puzzle

Hey, I've Got Five On It!

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On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a familiar three-word phrase, name or title in which each word has five letters — for example, "Royal Opera House."

Last Week's Challenge: Name an animal. Add the letters "A" and "T," and rearrange the result to name another animal. These are both animals that might be found in a zoo, and the last letter of the first animal is the first letter of the last one.

Answer: If you add "A" and "T" to "gorilla," you can rearrange the letters to spell "alligator."

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Mon February 6, 2012

Political Spotlight Turns to Colorado’s Caucus

Mitt Romney spoke briefly at a rally in Colorado Springs Saturday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado holds its Republican caucuses on Tuesday. Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and Ron Paul have all focused their attention here recently. The state will also be a key battleground in the general election contest.

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