Weekend Edition Sunday

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 WUSF and other 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.


Sunday 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM on WUSF 89.7

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Lulu Garcia-Navarro
Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Lulu Garcia-Navarro is the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday. Previously, she served as an NPR international correspondent covering South America and was based out of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She's also served as an NPR correspondent based in Israel, reporting on stories happening throughout the Middle East. She was one of the first reporters to enter Libya after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising began and spent months painting a deep and vivid portrait of a country at war. Often at great personal risk, Garcia-Navarro captured history in the making with stunning insight, courage and humanity.

For her work covering the Arab Spring, Garcia-Navarro was awarded a 2011... Read More...

From Weekend Edition (Sunday)

  • There's No Stopping Toronto's 'Uber-Raccoon'
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/09/14/gettyimages-1032854500_wide-ad56528f67c903a2c863bb9a1812a93582b77423.jpg?s=600' alt='A raccoon sitting on the stump of a tree in the Beaches in Toronto. The Toronto Star's Amy Dempsey thinks there's a particularly smart one in her neighborhood.'/><p>Toronto is known for its raccoons' aggressive ability to get into garbage cans. The city spent millions trying to fight the gray menace — with mixed results.</p><p>(Image credit: David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=647599627' />
  • Mysterious Stones Found In Colo. May Have Been Ancient Musical Instruments
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/09/13/ca2_0576_wide-8cc536bbf50d8bd9060dcac8ea8aa8393725542e.jpg?s=600' alt='A set of rounded stones discovered in the high desert near Colorado's Great Sand Dunes National Park are believed to be ancient musical instruments known as lithophones.'/><p>Researchers thought the rounded stones found in the desert — clearly shaped by human hands — were used to grind nuts or seeds. But archaeologist Marilyn Martorano says they are actually lithophones.</p><p>(Image credit: Brad Turner/CPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=647184207' />
  • Adam Rippon On His Post-Olympic Life
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/09/15/20180915_harlan_adamrippon-91_wide-b58e44d0ac0b80ef5e0d481fca557983beee6d30.jpg?s=600' alt='Adam Rippon'/><p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon about being a role model in the LGBTQ community.</p><p>(Image credit: Becky Harlan/NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648001377' />
  • Florence Update From Wilmington
    <p>Heavy rains from Florence are causing flash flooding and road closures in North Carolina.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648458389' />
  • Education Department Wades Into Rutgers Case Involving Critics Of Israel
    <p>The Education Department has adopted a definition of anti-Semitism that will allow it to go after anti-Israel student groups. <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>'s Michelle Hackman talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648452241' />
  • North Carolina Firefighter On Responding To Storm
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Matthew Van Nortwick, a senior firefighter for the city of Washington, N.C., about rescue operations in the area.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648452206' />
  • Midterm Elections Preview
    <p>The primaries are over, so where does the battle for control of Congress stand now with less than two months until the November midterms?</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648452199' />
  • U.S. And Cuba Ties Strained Over Mysterious Health Attacks
    <p>Cuba is asking the U.S. to stop describing bizarre health incidents as attacks saying there's no evidence that Americans have been targeted with some sort of sonic device.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648452192' />
  • Typhoon Hits Hong Kong And Southern China
    <p>A fierce typhoon has hit Hong Kong and now southern China. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks to <em>Wall Street Journal </em>reporter Dan Strumpf in Hong Kong.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648452185' />
  • Florence Deluge Continues In North Carolina
    <p>The rains from Florence are showing little signs of slowing. And that has officials in North Carolina very concerned about flooding, mudslides and more deaths.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=648452150' />