Weekend Edition Sunday

Sundays 8-10 a.m.
Hosted By: Audie Cornish
Rachel Martin

Conceived as a cross between a Sunday newspaper and CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Kuralt, 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 the fall of 2011, NPR National Desk Reporter Audie Cornish began hosting the show.

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 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.

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8:34am

Sun March 9, 2014
Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses "Cosmos," Carl Sagan and today's scientific culture

Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Sarah Elliott Flickr

This Sunday, FOX Television Network is premiering a reboot of the late Carl Sagan's TV show "Cosmos." WRVO's Gino Geruntino spoke with the show's new host astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson in November about how the show differs from his other work, including as host of PBS' Nova ScienceNOW and his podcast "StarTalk."

GG: Do you think the new Cosmos will have the same flair that Nova ScienceNOW and StarTalk have?

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8:34am

Sun September 1, 2013
Health

How should you make the medicine go down?

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Capsules, chewable tablets, gel tabs -- Over-the-counter medications now come in so many different formulations, it's difficult to figure out what to take. Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen....hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," Spoke to Dr. Lindsay McNair, a pharmaceutical physician and professor at the Boston University School of Public Health, about how to best take your medicine.

Lorraine Rapp: There are so many forms that these over the counter medications come in. What was behind their development?

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10:35am

Sun July 14, 2013
Health

How healthy is the water in public pools?

Public pools and water parks are popular spots this time of year, but how healthy is the water in those pools? Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," spoke to Michelle Hlavas, the head of the Centers for Disease Control’s Healthy Swimming Program

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9:13am

Sun May 19, 2013
Agriculture

A minimalist approach to winemaking proves successful for one vineyard

Bloomer Creek Winery on the east side of Seneca Lake.
Credit Jacob Davis / WRVO

As Finger Lakes wine grows in popularity around New York state and the country, one long-time vintner has separated himself from the pack by doing things the old fashioned way and keeping things simple.

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10:28am

Fri April 19, 2013
Health

Joint pain may be inevitable, but staying active is key to prevention

Two of the most common surgeries among people over 65 are knee and hip replacements. Baby boomers in particular are seeking relief because they often don't want joint pain to slow them down.  Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen, hosts of WRVO's new weekly health show, "Take Care" spoke with Dr. Seth Greenky, the chairman for orthopedic surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, about the causes of joint pain and what to do about it.

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5:40am

Sun March 31, 2013
Arts

North Country Arts Council brings out kids' creativity

An instructor leads a workshop on card making during a day of children's art activities at the North Country Arts Council's studio in Watertown.
Credit Joanna Richards

The North Country Arts Council has been a growing force for cultural activity in the Watertown area since its inception in 2009. The group aims to spotlight the work of regional artists, but it also hopes to draw more community members into arts activities too. Over the schools' winter break this year, the organization offered a day full of different art workshops for kids at its home on Public Square. 

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8:30am

Sun March 17, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Advisory group looks to rejuvinate NY legacy cities

An advisory group looking at strategies for rejuvenating New York state's "legacy cities" says collaboration and coordination with the governor's Regional Economic Development Councils are crucial for upstate cities dealing with declining populations and job opportunities.

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6:48am

Sun March 17, 2013
Technology

3D printing replaces 75 percent of man's skull

The implant makes up 75 percent of this skulls mass
Oxford Performance Materials

3D printing technology has been working its way into a multitude of sectors - from manufacturing, to printable electronic circuits.

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8:02am

Sun March 3, 2013
The Upstate Economy

EPA provides advice on sustainable growth to WNY communites

The intersection of Broadway and Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo
Ashley Hassett / WBFO

The Environmental Protection Agency announced this month it will be providing technical assistance to three western New York communities. They were chosen out of 121 applicants and are three of 43 communities to be assisted across the country. The EPA will provide the aid by delivering workshops on developing sustainable growth strategies.

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8:00am

Sun March 3, 2013
Education

New York, IBM partner in STEM education program

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier this week that IBM and New York state are teaming up to provide science and technology education, otherwise known as STEM, to high schoolers.

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4:02am

Sun February 24, 2013
Education

A timely technology voucher for low-income state schools

A large number of schools across the state will receive $87 million to be used for technology. The state Education Department announced that low-income public and charter schools will be receiving a voucher that can be used to purchase computer software, hardware and equipment needed for computer networks and technology infrastructure.

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6:19am

Sun January 13, 2013
Environment

Madison County recycling agriculture plastics

Rich Carrier with plastics to be recycled on his family farm in Madison County
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

Madison County hopes to become a hub for the recycling of agricultural plastics.  It's a waste that's created on farms that's been a problem for years.

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6:00am

Sun November 18, 2012
Environment

Study finds global warming likely to be on hotter side of projections

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The death and devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed it, has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront. According to a new study published in the journal Science, we can expect global warming to be on the high side of current projections.

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6:01am

Sun November 4, 2012
Politics

Catholic faith affects voters differently

As Election Day approaches, is there such a thing as a catholic vote?  Catholics make up a quarter of the voting electorate, but they don't vote in lockstep.  Roman Catholic teachings can take a Catholic voter to both ends of the political spectrum.

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1:00am

Sun September 30, 2012
Regional Coverage

Zoo keepers share ideas in Syracuse

More than 200 zoo keepers from around the country descended on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse this week for the 39th annual conference of the Association of Zookeepers.

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5:15pm

Fri September 28, 2012
Arts

Syracuse Opera director of music talks about "Nine More Operas"

Syracuse Opera has once again teamed up with WRVO Public Media to present Nine More Operas in 90 Minutes to the central and northern New York region. The tour will feature scenes from several timeless operas and musical theater presentations performed by Syracuse Opera’s newest resident artists. 

WRVO’s Catherine Loper spoke with Douglas Kinney Frost, Syracuse Opera's director of music to talk about this unique program which encompasses a variety of genres from the classic operas of Mozart and Tchaikovsky to modern tales like “Sweeney Todd.”

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10:00am

Sun August 19, 2012
Technology

Radical hearing aid design draws on an unlikely inspiration

Ron Miles holds prototypes of his hearing aid microphone.
Matt Richmond Innovation Trail/WSKG

While the majority of us would be very happy to see out the summer without flies ruining our outdoor dining experience, one particular species of fly has provided the inspiration for a potential breakthrough in the technology of hearing aids. It's not just any old house-fly we're talking about, though.

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8:00am

Sun August 19, 2012
Politics and Government

Governor Cuomo takes a back seat at National Convention

Governor Andrew Cuomo is one of many New York politicians who have chosen to scale back their participation in the national Democratic convention in North Carolina. While the others are Democrats seeking re-election in Congress, Cuomo is eschewing what could have been a prime time speaking slot.  

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8:01am

Sun August 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Russian and US students study cyber threats together

Russian graduate student, Filipp Banfilov, takes a test in his digital forensics course at UAlbany.
Marie Cusick/Innovation Trail

A bill to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity laws stalled in Congress this week, but the issue remains a top priority for policy makers and business leaders around the globe.

That's why the University at Albany has launched a new program pairing students in New York and Russia to teach them about cybersecurity.

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8:00am

Sun August 5, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Greek yogurt helps boost the dairy industry and upstate's economy

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Greek-style yogurt now accounts for about a quarter of all yogurt sales in the United States.  Much of it is made in upstate New York, where this low-tech industry is having a big economic impact.

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5:00pm

Sat May 26, 2012
The Upstate Economy

IDA reform bill stuck in neutral

Daniel Robison Innovation Trail / WBFO

In recent years, donut shops, car dealerships, and doctor's offices have received tax breaks from industrial development agencies in western New York.

Now, a first-term state legislator from Buffalo has crafted a bill to halt such deals.

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5:00pm

Sat May 19, 2012
Woodcocks

Singing American woodcocks announce spring in the north country

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Every spring, a state Department of Environmental Conservation biologist drives along north country highways at dawn or dusk, stopping every so often to pull over and listen to the nature sounds.

She's listening for the distinctive “peent” of the singing American woodcock, a brown speckled bird a little larger than a songbird with a long, narrow beak for pulling earthworms out of the newly thawed ground.

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10:00am

Sun May 13, 2012
Regional Coverage

Peace and enlightenment through Buddhist meditation

Some Central New Yorkers, including students at SUNY Oswego, are looking for peace and enlightenment through practicing Buddhist meditation.

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