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 4, 2011
NPR Story

Popular D.C. Bar To Close Doors

Originally published on Sun September 4, 2011 7:42 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, host: Well, if any lawmakers were hoping to hash some of this out over a drink, we've got bad news. One of Capitol Hill's favorite watering holes is closing. For 44 years, the Hawk 'n' Dove was the preferred dive bar of politicos of every stripe.

STUART LONG: We were the scene of Patrick Kennedy's last escapade. We're always a hangout for Justice Douglas, Tony Coelho and the late Mickey Leland.

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6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
NPR Story

Sept. 11 In Fiction

The facts of Sept. 11 are irrefutable: The planes crashed. The World Trade Center towers collapsed. Thousands died. But facts alone never tell the whole story. In the search for meaning we often turn to those who write fiction because writers keep looking for the truth, even when they know they don't have all the answers. Lynn Neary

6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
NPR Story

Lee Lashes Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Lee slogged on shore along the Gulf Coast Saturday, drenching Labor Day weekend plans and shutting down offshore oil rigs. Forecasters are warning that up to 20 inches of rain could fall in some places.

6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
NPR Story

After Irene, Upstate N.Y. Limps To Recovery

The massive clean-up from Tropical Storm Irene continues in upstate New York, but some cash-strapped rural communities say they're not sure how much they can afford to rebuild.

6:00am

Sun September 4, 2011
Africa

Rebels Make Major Gains In Libya

Originally published on Tue September 6, 2011 6:50 am

Transcript

AUDIE CORNISH, host: This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.

Rebels in Libya say they are encroaching on one of the last strongholds of the country's long-time ruler, Moammar Gadhafi. Meantime, they're consolidating power in the capital.

We're joined now by NPR's Jason Beaubien who is traveling in the country. Hi there, Jason..

JASON BEAUBIEN: Hello.

CORNISH: So, Jason, explain how much of the country at this point is considered in rebel hands.

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