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)

  • What Makes Someone American Indian?
    <p>Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has apologized for identifying as "American Indian" in the 1980s, when the number of people who identified as Native American on the U.S. census rose dramatically.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536896' />
  • Volunteers Fight Bad Science
    <p>James Heathers is a postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University, who looks for mistakes for fun. He speaks to NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks about errors published in scientific papers.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536889' />
  • 'Every Day Is A Good Day When You're Floating': Anne McClain Talks Life In Space
    <p>Kindergartners help NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro to ask questions to astronaut Anne McClain, who is serving on the International Space Station. She says every day is a good day when you're floating.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536882' />
  • Sunday Puzzle: Name That President
    <img src='https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/02/16/sundaypuzzle-widecrop_wide-de21fda1a309655b5711134733dd65fa0da0b4bb.jpg?s=600' alt='Sunday Puzzle'/><p>NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and <em>Weekend Edition</em> puzzlemaster Will Shortz play a word game with WBUR listener Angela Voss of Medford, Mass.</p><p>(Image credit: NPR)</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695483109' />
  • Car Loan Delinquencies Reach New High
    <p>Economic pessimists seized on new data indicating an increase in car loan delinquencies as evidence of a looming recession, but a downturn is likely simply because of the economy's cyclical nature.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536872' />
  • What Funding For The Wall Means For The Military
    <p>Under Trump's declaration of a national emergency plan, military construction funds are to be diverted to build a barrier on the southern border. That could put projects at U.S. bases on hold.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536865' />
  • 'Chavismo' Fades As Venezuela's Poor Suffer
    <p>Venezuela's poor were the beneficiaries of Chavez's Bolivarian socialist revolution. But 20 years later, they have little food and medicine and few jobs, eroding support for President Maduro.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536858' />
  • D.C. Catholics React To McCarrick's Defrocking
    <p>Catholics in Washington, D.C. react to news that the man who served as their archbishop, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, has been defrocked after being found guilty by the Vatican of sexual abuse.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536851' />
  • Sunday Politics
    <p>The president's declaration of a national emergency is headed to the courts, where its future is uncertain. In the mean time, is he able to declare a political victory?</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536844' />
  • Colorado Man Tells His Mountain Lion Attack Story
    <p>A Colorado trail runner was attacked by a mountain lion earlier this month. Travis Kauffman managed to defend himself by killing the juvenile lion with his bare hands.</p><img src='https://media.npr.org/include/images/tracking/npr-rss-pixel.png?story=695536837' />