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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8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
NPR Story

Kids Draw Comics, But It's Not Child's Play

Drawing comics is sometimes considered a simple, easy thing to do. But a group of Michigan cartoonists think the art form is sophisticated. They think comics can be an educational and valuable tool for kids, especially those who are struggling. Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris reports.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
NPR Story

Hot Vacation Reads From Santa Fe

We're visiting bookstores around the country this month to find out what people are picking for their summer reads. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Francoise Paheau, owner of Garcia Street Books, about what her customers are reading this summer.

8:00am

Sun July 10, 2011
NPR Story

Author Reveals Untold Tales Of Music

Rick Beyer's The Greatest Stories Never Told, published a few years ago, included 100 stories about little-known historical events. What it lacked, though, was music. So Beyer is back with a new book, The Greatest Music Stories Never Told, which chronicles the sometimes odd histories and origins of musicians and traditional songs. Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks to Beyer about his book.

7:37am

Sun July 10, 2011
Author Interviews

Sanctuary Of Suspense: A Lighthouse On 'The Ridge'

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As the summer gets hotter, here's a new suspense novel that's sure to send a few unseasonable shivers down the back of your neck: The Ridge by Michael Koryta takes place in an isolated community in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. It includes among its varied cast of characters 60-some exotic cats — lions, tigers, ocelots, a panther, and even a very rare black cougar.

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7:35am

Sun July 10, 2011
Author Interviews

A Cuban-American Chronicles Life Between Cultures

Like Jacob Marley confronting the ghost of Christmas past, writer Oscar Hijuelos sees things on 118th Street and Amsterdam Avenue that are no longer there. It's a "haunted feeling," he says, gazing down the New York City street where he was raised.

Hijuelos has written eight novels exploring the Cuban-American experience. His latest work, a memoir called Thoughts Without Cigarettes, describes his early life in New York, where he was born in 1951.

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