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)

  • Old-Growth Forests May Help Songbirds Cope With Warming Climate
    <p>Songbirds have been in decline for decades, and it's becoming clear that climate change is a factor. Scientists are finding that old-growth forests may help the birds cope with rising temperatures.</p><p>(Image credit: Greg Davis/OPB)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=654760615' />
  • When In Drought: States Take On Urgent Negotiations To Avoid Colorado River Crisis
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2018/10/10/img_2879_wide-856c304eefdd2ac26c0b9a75a0c99232bccdd94c.jpg?s=600' alt='Lake Powell stores water from the Colorado River and straddles the Arizona-Utah border. It is currently storing less than half of its capacity.'/><p>After years of sustained drought, water managers along the Colorado River system are renegotiating water cutbacks to seven Western states, hoping to avoid more drastic shortages in the future.</p><p>(Image credit: Luke Runyon/KUNC)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=656343127' />
  • 'Unsheltered' Tackles The Unhealed Divisions In America
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Barbara Kingsolver about her novel "Unsheltered," where a dilapidated Victorian house, family fortunes in decline and the pressures of middle age all converge.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238918' />
  • Calvin Klein's Obsession Could Be The Trick To Catching A Tiger
    <p>Wildlife officials in India are trying to catch a tiger thought to be responsible for the deaths of several people. So far, no luck. But could the secret to success be under their noses?</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238908' />
  • Spending The Day With The First Woman To Coach Division I College Football Full-Time
    <p>Dartmouth College has hired Callie Brownson, a former star in the Women's Football Alliance, as an offensive assistant.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238901' />
  • The Legacy Of Sears: From American Staple To The Brink Of Bankruptcy
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with self-proclaimed Sears scholar and historian Jerry Hancock about the company's national impact and business struggles.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238894' />
  • Michael's Effects On Florida Could Include The State's Elections
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro asks Politico reporter Marc Caputo about the effects of Hurricane Michael and what kind of impact the storm may have on closely watched races in the Sunshine State.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238887' />
  • Michael Recovery: Updating The Power Grid To Withstand Climate Change, Bigger Storms
    <p>Hurricane Michael left a million people without power. As storms grow stronger, there are questions about how make the nation's electrical grid more resilient.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238880' />
  • The Complicated Relationship Americans Have With Being 'P.C.'
    <p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with political scientist Yascha Mounk about his article in The Atlantic analyzing a new study that shows widespread disapproval of "political correctness" in the U.S.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238873' />
  • Sunday Politics: Trump And The Media, Michael Recovery And U.S.-Saudi Relations
    <p>President Trump says he'll visit Florida and Georgia as communities begin to recover from Hurricane Michael. Meanwhile, he is spending time flooding the media zone using methods old and new.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=657238866' />