Whether revealing events in small-town America or overseas, or profiling notable personalities, Weekend Edition from NPR News appreciates the extraordinary details that make up every story. This two-hour morning newsmagazine covers hard news, a wide variety of newsmakers, and cultural stories with care, accuracy, and a wink of humor, courtesy of hosts Scott Simon and Liane Hansen.
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, including Daniel Schorr and special correspondent Juan Williams, who cover a wide range of national and international issues.
Refashioning A Gospel Story In 'Black Nativity'
The new movie is based on a play by the same name by Langston Hughes. Host Rachel Martin talks with director Kasi Lemmons about her new musical drama, Black Nativity, released last week.
Indian writer Zahir Janmohamed was in Gujarat, India, during the 2002 riots that left more than a thousand Muslims dead. He talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about the riots, and how Muslims have fared in Gujarat since then under Narendra Modi, who is now a leading candidate to be India's next prime minister.
Host Rachel Martin is joined by pianist Batiste and his band, who hope to make jazz transcend genres and generations, as they play live at NPR's headquarters.
Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt
The Planet Money team followed the making of a T-shirt, from cotton fields to factories to container ships. Host Rachel Martin talks with Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Pietra Rivoli, author of The travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.
The UN agency that supplies the basic needs for Palestinian refugees may not be able to meet December payroll for 30,000 teachers, doctors and social workers across the Mideast. The agency serves an ever-increasing number of refugees, the descendants of the Palestinians uprooted in 1948.
For each category, name something beginning with each of the letters T, H, A, N and K. For example, if the category were "U.S. states," you might say Tennessee, Hawaii, Alaska, Nevada and Kentucky.
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The Role Of Faith In Jewish Life
Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of Great Britain, spent his life thinking about the role of religion in public life. Host Rachel Martin speaks Sacks, who will begin teaching next year at New York University.
A Big Week For NBA News
The Cavaliers made a first round draft pick; the Eastern Conference is tanking but the Western Conference has only two bad teams; and Nets Coach Jason Kidd earned a free timeout by spilling soda on the court. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca for his take on the NBA's week.
Say 'Rabbit, Rabbit' For 31 Days Of Good Luck
According to the superstition, uttering the words on the first of the month will make you lucky for the rest of it. Host Rachel Martin speaks with public radio host and word-lover Martha Barnette about where the notion came from.