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 April 17, 2011
Author Interviews

'Fire On The Horizon': The Rig Behind The Gulf Spill

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

The first anniversary of the oil rig explosion that left 11 workers dead and spilled five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico comes up on Wednesday. There's much to look back on about the accident aboard the Deepwater Horizon: the lives lost, the devastation of the Gulf's ecosystem, safety issues and corporate responsibility among them.

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8:00am

Sun April 17, 2011
From Our Listeners

Your Letters: 'Jeopardy' Champ's Secret Goes Public

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

Now to your letters. First, an update.

A few weeks ago, I spoke with Raynell Cooper, a senior at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland. He was anxiously waiting for word on whether he had been accepted into several colleges, including his top choice, George Washington University. Raynell had to omit a significant achievement from his college applications.

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7:03pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

Cool As A Cucumber

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a simile, in the form "___ as a ___." You are given a rhyme for the first and last words. For example, given "dead as a street," the answer would be "red as a beet."

Last Week's Challenge: From listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif.: Name a unit of length in the plural form. Rearrange the letters to spell two units of weight, also in the plural form. What units are these?

Answer: "Angstroms," rearranged will get "tons" and "grams."

Winner: Paul Wagner of Eau Claire, Wis.

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6:41pm

Sat April 16, 2011
Author Interviews

Venetian Verite: Donna Leon's Gritty Italian Mystery

Writer Donna Leon has lived in Venice, Italy, for three decades, and in that time she has published 20 crime novels featuring the suave detective Commissario Guido Brunetti.

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8:00am

Sun April 10, 2011
Business

Cattle Rustlers Hear The Call Of High Beef Prices

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LIANE HANSEN, host:

Cattle can bring a hefty paycheck for ranchers these days. But thieves are also trying to capitalize on record-breaking prices. Like the storyline of an old Western, rustlers are on the prowl in Texas, Oklahoma and other cattle-raising states. And ranchers are putting their local Sheriffs Department on speed dial.

Gail Banzet of member station KOSU reports.

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