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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 June 5, 2011

Italian Cuisine Thrives Under The Sicilian Sun

Originally published on Mon June 6, 2011 8:31 am

Bordered by three seas, the island of Sicily is known for its delicious seafood. Sicilian menus often feature swordfish and tuna, two island staples.

Spaghetti and meatballs pretty much sum up the American take on southern Italian food. But the southern Italian island of Sicily is home to a cuisine that spans far beyond what we've come to know as the Italian staples.

So while visitors may be drawn to Sicily for its Greek and Roman ruins, the island is also a gastronomic destination, boasting a cuisine that is both surprisingly diverse and delicious.

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Sun June 5, 2011

Report Blasts Warn On Drugs

A report issued this week by the Global Commission on Drug Policy labels the U.S. war on drugs a failure. The commission encourages countries not to think about it as a war on drugs, but about an effort than includes social and health problem as well.


Sun June 5, 2011

As AIDS Turns 30, Scientists Reminisce

The disease that would come to be known as AIDS was first reported on 30 years ago. In that time, both science and perceptions have changed. Donald Abrams and Paul Volberding, among the first doctors to study the strange new disease, reflect on the disease.


Sun June 5, 2011
Latin America

In Peruvian Election, A Stark Choice



Now, to Peru. Voters there go to the polls today to pick their next president in the final round of voting and the candidates couldn't be more different. One is a right-wing lawmaker and the daughter of a disgraced, jailed ex-president. The other is a left-wing former army commander who led a failed uprising against the president.

Reporter Annie Murphy is in Peru and joins us to talk about today's election. Hello, Annie.

ANNIE MURPHY: Hi, there.

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Sun June 5, 2011
NPR Story

For Senior, A Boost From Classmates

High school graduations are always an exciting time for seniors and their families. But they can also be a difficult when the future doesn't look very clear. But one Goldsboro, N.C., senior's career goals got a boost thanks to a special gift from her classmates.