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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Sat April 9, 2011
Movie Interviews

Never Mind The Sharks: Surfing's In Her 'Soul'

On Oct. 31, 2003, 13-year-old Bethany Hamilton was well on her way to a successful surfing career. But that morning, while catching some waves off the north shore of Kauai, Hawaii, she was attacked by a 14-ft. tiger shark. Hamilton survived, but lost her left arm.

Just a month later, she was back on her board. In 2005, she won her first national title, and turned professional in 2007. Now 21, Hamilton is the subject of Soul Surfer, a movie based on her life. She sat down with NPR's Liane Hansen to talk about the movie and her unlikely comeback.

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Sat April 9, 2011
Sunday Puzzle

This Should Be A Piece Of Cake

On-Air Challenge: Every answer is a pair of homophones, like "wait" and "weight." You are given a word that can precede one homophone and follow the other, in each case, to complete a familiar two-word phrase. For example, given "chess" and "pipe," the answer would be "piece" and "peace."

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Sun April 3, 2011
Author Interviews

Dinosaur 'Boneheads': One Man's Search For T. Rex

If you could do it all over again, what would you be when you grow up? Richard Polsky asked himself that question as he was nearing his 50th birthday. Sure, he was a successful art dealer and author, but Polsky decided it was time to chase an old childhood dream: He wanted to hunt for dinosaurs.

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Sat April 2, 2011

Japan And Haiti: Picturing The Unimaginable

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 10:01 am

David Gilkey NPR

Photojournalists travel the world, using their cameras to tell stories about how we live and who we are. Their tales are often of war, famine or disease; sometimes, of triumph and joy. The disasters in Haiti one year ago and now in Japan challenge even the best photojournalists to compose a shot that helps us get a sense of the horrific scale of destruction that nature has visited upon both countries. NPR photographer David Gilkey takes us on a tour of these forbidden landscapes and the people who are left to inhabit them.

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Sat April 2, 2011

Daniel Radcliffe Suits Up For 'How To Succeed'

One of the hottest tickets on Broadway is to a 50-year-old musical: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. The Pulitzer Prize-winning corporate satire has a sparkling score by Frank Loesser, but the thing that's packing them into the Hirschfeld Theatre eight times a week is the chance to see a young wizard sing and dance — Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe.

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