This November, Liane Hansen will celebrate 20 years as host of Weekend Edition Sunday. We started the celebrations early with a multimedia taping of our popular puzzle segment in front of a live audience! New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz joined Liane in studio 4A to present the audience with a quiz before turning to the regular on-air quiz.
(video production credits: Thomas Pierce, Sarah Beyer Kelly, Kimberly Adams, Patrick De Oliveira, and Brian Reed)
In this video, you'll see Liane Hansen and Will Shortz along with NPR's Daniel Schorr, Susan Stamberg, Scott Simon, other Weekend Edition and NPR staff and a very special guest appearance by actor Stacey Keach!
Over the years, Weekend Edition's puzzle segment has become an institution of its own. According to NPR's Audience Research team, some 2.5 million listeners tune in on Sundays to listen to the 15-minute block that includes the Puzzle. The Puzzle segment is also downloaded 100,000 times each month.
Thanks to Weekend Edition's Thomas Pierce for producing this video as well as to Sarah Beyer Kelly, Kimberly Adams and Brian Reed for recording the video. Thanks also to audio engineer Drew Reynolds and Producer Charla Bear for the radio segment. Our summer interns, Brent Baughman and Patrick De Oliveira, assisted in production and logistics.