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 31, 2011

Revolution And The Question Of 'The Good Muslim'

The Good Muslim

How do citizens start over after the rush of revolution? Months after uprisings in countries like Egypt and Tunisia, we can watch that question play out — in different stages — across the Middle East.

Tahmima Anam's new book, The Good Muslim, showcases a time well before the Arab Spring, in the aftermath of Bangladesh's war of independence. And the family at the center of her novel struggles with their country's new identity as well as their own.

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Sat July 30, 2011
Music Interviews

Harmonica Blues With A 'Brand' New Beat

Brandon Bailey demonstrates a distinctive approach to blues harmonica on his album, Memphis Grooves.
Tucker Walsh NPR

The harmonica is a staple of American blues, beginning with the Memphis jug bands of the 1920s. In the 1960s, blues-influenced artists like The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton brought the harmonica into the sound of mainstream rock and roll. These days, however, few young artists pick it up.

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Sat July 30, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

Hey, How About A Roll In The Hay?

On-Air Challenge: Each answer is a pair of homophones, which are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. You are given two words: One would precede one of the homophones, the other would follow the other, to complete a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given the words "hay" and "jumper," the answer would be "bale" as in "hay bale" and "bail" as in "bail jumper."

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Sat July 30, 2011
Music News

For Gay Christian Musicians, Work Balances Faith, Art, Love

For Jennifer Knapp, coming out as gay meant abandoning a promising career as a Christian singer-songwriter.
Courtesy of the artist

Many Christian denominations denounce homosexuality as a sin. As a result, gay Christian singers, songwriters and musicians face a challenge in balancing their art, their sexuality and their faith. For those few who have decided to come out, it has meant giving up successful careers.

Singer-songwriter Jennifer Knapp has sold more than a million albums and earned Dove Awards on the strength of songs like her 1998 hit, "Undo Me." But in 2002, at the height of her career as a contemporary Christian artist, Knapp suddenly stopped making music.

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Sun July 24, 2011
NPR Story

Civil War Re-Enactment In Extreme Heat

Civil War re-enactors in Virginia are re-staging the battle Manassas in flannel uniforms and 100 degree heat.