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)

  • New Climate Deal Keeps Paris Accord Alive, Draws Path To Implementation
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with CNN's Senior International Correspondent Nick Paton Walsh about the climate deal recently reached at a major conference in Poland.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677177026' />
  • Alaska Fishermen Hauling A Bigger Catch With Gear They Get To Use For The First Time
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/12/14/peter-neaton-pot-pic_wide-96b35b71e4b9ee6071d2216a2ca18d30e29b9256.jpg?s=600' alt='Peter Neaton and his crew unload black cod pots in Homer, Alaska after a November fishing trip in the Gulf of Alaska.'/><p>Alaska fishermen who took advantage of new regulations allowing them to fish with a previously banned piece of gear are happy they saved their catch from hungry whales.</p><p>(Image credit: Aaron Bolton/KBBI News)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676887454' />
  • Kitka Brings 'Powerful Women's Voices, Joined Together' From East To West
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/12/14/61113-kitka-thomaspacha-fort_20ross_wide-5ac8ed7aed755124b5ac5931a1d48b61b5b65307.jpg?s=600' alt='...'/><p>For four decades the Oakland ensemble Kitka has sung intricate harmonies from Eastern Europe. Members Shira Cion and Kelly Atkins talk about the group's new album, "Harmonies of Heaven and Earth."</p><p>(Image credit: Tomas Pacha/Courtesy of the artist)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676768511' />
  • In 'Capernaum,' The Chaos Of Lebanon From A Homeless Child's Perspective
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/12/14/2_wide-82bc005d781d9a14585ce623735b7d8829a27b9d.jpg?s=600' alt='Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) pulls companion Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole) on a makeshift wagon in the movie Capernaum.'/><p>In Beirut, a young boy sues his parents for giving birth to him in poverty. That's the premise of a new film from director Nadine Labaki which features her most unapologetically activist agenda.</p><p>(Image credit: Christopher Aoun/Sony Pictures Classics)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=676553757' />
  • Merry Christmas, And A Happy New 42 Years (And Counting)
    <p>Two retired workers with Britain's Royal Mail have been exchanging the same Christmas card (by hand) for 43 years, marking most years in it with a little rhyme.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677157736' />
  • Left Exposed By Middle Eastern Upheaval, Christians Are Fleeing Region
    <p>Janine diGiovanni discusses her report in Harper's on the accelerating persecution and uprooting of Christians in the land where the religion was born</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677157722' />
  • Record Latino Turnout Was A Huge Factor In Democrats' Midterm Election Wins
    <p>NPR's Lulu-Garcia Navarro speaks with researcher Matt Barreto about his study showing that Latino voter turnout nearly doubled from 2014 to 2018. More than a quarter were first-time voters, he says.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677157715' />
  • Co-Founder: 'Cannibalism,' Not Anti-Trump Stand, Killed 'Weekly Standard'
    <p>The last issue of the 23-year-old magazine was published this week, and co-founder and contributing editor John Podhoretz says friction between business and editorial teams seems to be one cause.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677157708' />
  • Aid Will Move Slowly From Yemen Port Ceasefire — If It Lasts
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to reporter Jane Ferguson about the situation in Yemen, where a ceasefire in a key port city is off to a shaky start.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677157701' />
  • Lab-Grown Meat Draws Big Investors — And Big Opposition
    <p>Tech startups are using animal stem cells to grow meat. Big meat companies, including Tyson and Cargill, are investing in the technology, while livestock producers are trying to fight it.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=677157694' />