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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10:01pm

Sat October 15, 2011
Monkey See

The Real Birdwatchers Behind Hollywood's 'Big Year'

Owen Wilson, Steve Martin and Jack Black star in The Big Year.

Murray Close Fox

If you're going to make a film about cutthroat competition, you can make it about baseball or football or robot boxing, or you can be really brave and make it about high-end birdwatching.

That's the topic of The Big Year, which opens this weekend and stars Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black as three men competing to see the most bird species in a year. They call that a "big year" in birding circles, in case you don't travel in them typically.

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2:32pm

Fri October 14, 2011
Music Interviews

Ben Lee: A Former Teen Rock Star Goes 'Deeper'

Ben Lee's new album is titled Deeper Into Dream.

Courtesy of the artist

Ben Lee turned 33 this year, but he's been making music for more than half his life. Lee was just 14 when his band Noise Addict was signed by The Beastie Boys' label; after that, his high-school years were a balance between final exams and touring with the group.

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6:00am

Sun October 9, 2011
Remembrances

Roger Williams, 'Pianist To The Presidents,' Dead

The song that made pianist Roger Williams famous was "Autumn Leaves." It was No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart for four weeks in 1955, the only piano instrumental in history to reach that spot. Host Audie Cornish has a remembrance of Williams, who died on Saturday.

6:00am

Sun October 9, 2011
Author Interviews

'Ten Letters': What Americans Tell Obama

The White House receives some 20,000 letters and emails a day, and occasionally citizens are surprised by a personal response to their missives. Host Audie Cornish speaks with Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow, who writes about this correspondence in his book Ten Letters: The Stories Americans Tell Their President.

6:00am

Sun October 9, 2011
Movie Interviews

'Ides Of March': Political Intrigue Not Far From Reality

George Clooney directs and stars in the movie, The Ides of March, as a Democratic candidate for the presidential nomination. His campaign, however, is really a backdrop for power plays and infighting among the campaign staff. Host Audie Cornish speaks to screenwriter Grant Heslov, who co-wrote the film with Clooney and says they took their inspiration from real-life political deals and personalities.

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