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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8:44pm

Fri June 24, 2011
Music Interviews

James Torme Steps Into His Father's Legacy

James Torme's new album is titled Love for Sale.
Courtesy of the artist

Singer James Torme, son of the legendary entertainer Mel Torme, just released his new album, Love for Sale. The record covers classic jazz and pop songs from artists such as Michael Jackson and Cole Porter. Torme tells Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Susan Stamberg that he wanted to put a new spin on some old classics.

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8:00am

Sun June 19, 2011
NPR Story

Anger, Tension Rise In Debt-Ridden Greece

Greece is still struggling to climb out of debt, but the markets have lost hope that its economy will recover. Meanwhile, the Greek people are losing patience with austerity measures that cut jobs and benefits but appear to achieve nothing. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR's Sylvia Poggioli from Athens.

8:00am

Sun June 19, 2011
NPR Story

Key Fed Stimulus Expiring, Too Soon?

Since last fall, the Federal Reserve has been providing support for the economy through a program known as QE2, short for Quantitative Easing, Round Two. That program is coming to an end, and there are concerns about whether the economy is strong enough to get along without it. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.

8:00am

Sun June 19, 2011
National Security

U.S.-Saudi Arabia Relationship Changes With The Times

The civil unrest in the Middle East has laid bare the conflicting goals of the United States and its longtime ally, Saudi Arabia. Guest host Jacki Lyden talks about the state of the U.S.-Saudi relationship with Aaron David Miller, a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

8:00am

Sun June 19, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: Spotted Owls; Cocktail Culture

Last week, listeners responded to a story on the declining population of northern spotted owls because barred owls are taking over their territory. Plus, plenty of listeners raised a glass to our story about cocktail culture. Guest host Jacki Lyden shares E-mails and Web comments from listeners.

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