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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6:00am

Sun September 25, 2011
NPR Story

Electronic Army's Online March Threatens Syrian Protests

Syria's government is quashing protest online as well as in the streets. Host Audie Cornish talks to NPR's Deb Amos in Beirut to expand on what the success of the Syrian Electronic Army means for the momentum of the opposition protests and the state of play inside Syria.

6:00am

Sun September 25, 2011
NPR Story

No Longer A 'Style Rookie,' Teen Sets Fashion Scene

Most girls play dress-up in private. Not Tavi Gevinson. By the time she was 13, her blog, Style Rookie, had earned her a front-row seat at Paris Couture fashion shows. Host Audie Cornish profiles Gevinson, now 15 and a veteran of the fashion world, writing for Harper's Bazaar and launching her own online magazine.

6:00am

Sun September 25, 2011
NPR Story

It's Friday Night Lights In Gov. Perry's Hometown

Texas Gov. Rick Perry's campaign speeches often note that he's from Paint Creek, Texas, a place in the flat, dusty, west-central part of the state that's so small it's barely on the map. NPR National Political Correspondent Don Gonyea headed there this week, and along the way watched Perry's old high school play a football game.

6:00am

Sun September 25, 2011
NPR Story

When Dealmakers Step Down, Is Washington Compromised?

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a seasoned dealmaker in the Senate, announced his intention to step down from a key leadership role this week. It's prompted a question going around Washington: Are the best deal-brokers giving up? If so, what does that mean for the future of political compromise? Host Audie Cornish speaks with Rutgers University Political Science Professor Ross Baker, former Republican Utah Sen. Bob Bennett and former Democratic North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan.

6:00am

Sun September 25, 2011
NPR Story

Sen. Lamar Alexander Plays The 'Tennessee Waltz'

Three years ago, Sen. Lamar Alexander sat down with Audie Cornish to talk politics for a bit. The main reason for his visit, however, was to show off his piano prowess, playing the Tennessee Waltz among other tunes.

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