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As Liane Hansen Hands Off To Audie Cornish, Some 'Weekend Edition' Advice

May 15, 2011 (Weekend Edition Sunday)

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Her last show as host of Weekend Edition Sunday is in just two weeks, and Liane Hansen has some advice for her successor:

"Get your sleep. My motto is on Saturday nights is to be horizontal by 8 p.m. and unconscious by 9."

Show fans have known for about a year that Liane is retiring at the end of this month. After nearly 22 years as host, she's signing off on May 29.

This past week, NPR announced that veteran Capitol Hill correspondent Audie Cornish will be taking over as Weekend Edition Sunday host.

Liane and Audie talked this week about the job and what's ahead for Weekend Edition.

For Liane, there's the comfort that the show will be "left in very great and very capable hands."

Audie, meanwhile, needs a little time to wrap up her duties on Capitol Hill and prepare for her new role before plugging into the show. So she won't be sitting behind the microphone until the fall.

Expect, that is, for Liane's last show on the 29th. Audie will be part of Liane's last on-air game of wits with New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz. And that seems to be a part of the show that particularly worries Audie.

"Are you ready for that?" Liane asked of appearing with Shortz?

"Absolutely not," joked Audie.

A reminder for Liane's fans: the "how we spent our Sundays with Weekend Edition's Liane Hansen" interactive graphic is still accepting your thoughts about favorite Liane moments.

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