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Weekend Edition Sunday features interviews with newsmakers, artists, scientists, politicians, musicians, writers, theologians and historians. The program has covered news events from Nelson Mandela's 1990 release from a South African prison to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Weekend Edition Sunday debuted on January 18, 1987, with host Susan Stamberg. Two years later, Liane Hansen took over the host chair, a position she held for 22 years. In that time, Hansen interviewed movers and shakers in politics, science, business and the arts. Her reporting travels took her from the slums of Cairo to the iron mines of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; from the oyster beds on the bayou in Houma, La., to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park; and from the kitchens of Colonial Williamsburg, Va., to the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated.

In January 2012, Rachel Martin began hosting the program. Previously she served as NPR National Security Correspondent and was part of the team that launched NPR's experimental morning news show, The Bryant Park Project. She has also been the NPR religion correspondent and foreign correspondent based in Berlin.

Every week listeners tune in to hear a unique blend of news, features and the regularly scheduled puzzle segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times.

Weekend Edition Sunday is heard on NPR Member stations across the United States and around the globe via NPR Worldwide. The conversation between the audience and the program staff continues throughout the social media world.

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Quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, and there's been a lot of debate about why.

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Just as class lets out for the summer across the country, a new one has just been announced.

NASA has chosen 12 people from a pool of more than 18,300 applicants for two years of training before giving them the title of "astronaut."

The space agency received a record number of applicants after announcing an open application in December 2015.

Jasmin Moghbeli, one of the dozen candidates, spoke with NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro from Houston's Johnson Space Center, where she'll undertake the training program starting in August.

Swimsuit Season Gets Complicated

Jun 11, 2017

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A decade ago, a young singer-songwriter named Brandi Carlile released an album called "The Story."

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BRANDI CARLILE: (Singing) All of these lines across my face tell you the story of who I am.

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Update On Oregon Train Stabbings

May 28, 2017

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For the athletes, the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio were full of triumph and defeat, victory laps and tears, all the usual themes. But the legacy of those games for the host city...

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NASA Spacecraft Finds Storms On Jupiter

May 28, 2017

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And this is Lulu's log - stardate May 28, 2017, where we consider matters of space, the stars, the universe and planets.

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It's time now for the Call-In. Today we're talking about home ownership. Who can afford to buy? Who can't and why?

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What Are The Most Popular Baby Names?

May 14, 2017

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Saturn: Cassini's Final Chapter

Apr 30, 2017

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Voices From The March For Science

Apr 23, 2017

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UNIDENTIFIED CROWD: (Chanting) Hey, hey, ho, ho, science is the way to go.

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Easter Bells Ring Out At The Vatican

Apr 16, 2017

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BACH-COLLEGIUM STUTTGART: (Singing in foreign language).

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