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 July 24, 2011
NPR Story

Norway Mourns Attack Victims

Norway's king and queen were at Oslo Cathedral Sunday at a memorial service for the slain children of the country's political elites. The victims were shot and killed at a holiday camp; four people killed when a car bomb heavily damaged government buildings on Friday.


Sun July 24, 2011

Remembering Amy Winehouse


LINDA WERTHEIMER, host: Fans of singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse are mourning the loss of a singular but troubled talent today. The R and B sensation whose career was derailed by drug problems was found dead yesterday in London. She was just 27 years old. NPR's Allison Keyes reports.

ALLISON KEYES: The thing about Amy Winehouse that made people sit up and take notice wasn't just the thick black cat-eye makeup, her figure hugging outfits or the towering black beehive on her head. It was this:


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Sun July 24, 2011

Blind Teens Tap Into Senses At Chemistry Camp

Campers Mary Church and Jimmy Cong use their sense of smell to detect whether a chemical reaction has taken place.
Amy Standen for NPR

For some kids, summer camp season means crafts, campfires and sunshine. For teenagers at one Northern California camp, the focus is chemistry.

At Camp Enchanted Hills, about 40 miles north of Napa, the students have something else in common beyond an interest in science: They're all blind or visually impaired. The camp is a rare chance for the kids to compare notes on what it's like to be blind in a sighted world.

Enchanted Hills is owned by Lighthouse for the Blind, a San Francisco nonprofit; the National Federation of the Blind is one of its sponsors.

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Sat July 23, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

A Stroll Down Main Street

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is the name of a state capital. You are given a word. The first letters in the word are the first letters in the name of the capital. The last letters in the word are the last letters in the name of that capital's state. For example, given the word "main," the answer would be "Madison," the state capital of Wisconsin. Madison starts with M-A and Wisconsin ends with I-N.

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Fri July 22, 2011
Music Interviews

A Few Of Vanessa Carlton's Favorite Things

Vanessa Carlton's new album, Rabbits on the Run, comes out July 26.
Courtesy of the artist

Vanessa Carlton started her career intending to become a professional ballet dancer, but instead, she followed her dreams of becoming a musician. Now, she's a classically trained pianist, a singer and a songwriter. Her 2002 debut album, Be Not Nobody, earned three Grammy nominations. She's followed up that smash debut with three more albums, the latest of which is titled Rabbits on the Run.

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