Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low
By Ari Shapiro

April 12, 2014

As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.

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A Sheep Killer Is On The Loose In 'All the Birds, Singing'
April 12, 2014

All The Birds, Singing is the second novel by Australian-British author Evie Wyld. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Wyld about her sinister story revolving around the life of Jake, a sheep farmer.


School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?
April 12, 2014

It took a Freedom of Information Act to get the Chicago Public Schools to disclose what's in the chicken nuggets they serve in their cafeterias. NPR's Scott Simon reveals the chemical contents.

PGA Puts On A Masters Without Tiger
April 12, 2014

This week saw an unfortunate late-season swoon for the Pacers and the first Masters tournament without Tiger Woods in 20 years. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports correspondent Tom Goldman.


With A Wink And Nod To Fans, Movies Roll Post-Credit Scenes
April 12, 2014

After-credits scenes have a long history in the movies, from the original Ocean's 11 to the latest Captain America. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with writer Alex Suskind about this cinematic trope.

Pentecostal Churches Accused Of Exploiting Cameroon's Poor
By Andres Caballero

April 12, 2014

Pentecostalism is spreading rapidly throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Half of the world's Pentecostalists live there, and Cameroon's government has deemed the church a national threat.


Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus
By Ofeibea Quist-Arcton

April 12, 2014

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has the country on edge. Guineans have never experienced the deadly virus, and are learning quickly how to protect themselves.

Jailed In Cuba Since 2009, USAID Contractor On Hunger Strike
April 12, 2014

Alan Gross has been in a Cuban jail for more than four years. This week, he went on a hunger strike. Reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, recently back from Cuba, brings NPR's Scott Simon an update.


A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'
April 12, 2014

The Boston Strong campaign cheers the grit and grace the city's shown since last year's marathon bombing. Journalist Mike Barnicle tells NPR's Scott Simon how Bostonians are overcoming the tragedy.

Searching For A Plane On The Ocean Floor Is Unmapped Territory
April 12, 2014

Even if recently detected pings are from the lost Malaysian jet's black box, oceanographer Simon Boxall tells NPR's Scott Simon searching for the plane on the ocean floor will still be difficult.


Mavis Staples Sings The Soundtrack Of Civil Rights
April 12, 2014

Last week's civil rights summit in Texas had a musical through-line: the voice of Mavis Staples. The R&B artist's body of work underscored the '50s and '60s civil rights movement.

Martin Gardner, Genius Of Recreational Mathematics
April 12, 2014

Weekend Edition's own "Math Guy" Keith Devlin calls the late Martin Gardner the greatest "math guy" of all time. As Devlin tells NPR's Scott Simon, Gardner had little formal mathematics training.


IRS Chasing Children For Dead Parents' Debts
April 12, 2014

The IRS is going after taxpayers to pay their deceased parents' decades-old debts. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Marc Fisher of The Washington Post about the collection efforts.

After Austerity, British Economy Declared World's Fastest-Growing
April 12, 2014

In effect, the U.K. is saying "I told you so" after being declared the the fastest growing economy of any rich country in the world. NPR's Scott Simon talks with economist Simon Johnson.


Jackie Collins' Mob Princess Serves Up A Cookbook You Can't Refuse
By NPR Staff

April 12, 2014

Collins' The Lucky Santangelo Cookbook is named for her plucky heroine, the daughter of a former gangster. It's got recipes for linguine and the author's eponymous cocktail — but no health food.

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Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?
By Deborah Amos

April 12, 2014

Men and women ski on the same slopes. A rock band performs in the capital. It's all part of the constant tug-of-war between religious conservatives and those seeking more social freedoms.

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So You Need A Celebrity Book. Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghostwriters
By Gabrielle Emanuel

April 12, 2014

Nonfiction shelves are full of memoirs by people who can't actually write. They're brought to you by authors who suppress their own ego to write in a famous voice — in exchange for a hefty check.

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Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts
By Scott Simon

April 12, 2014

Rush hour took on new meaning this week when a dog jumped in front of a commuter train and began to run.

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A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World
By Marin Alsop

April 12, 2014

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler's multilayered music.

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Check It Out! A Photographic Tour Of America's Public Libraries
By NPR Staff

April 12, 2014

From one-room historic buildings to modern architectural marvels, Robert Dawson has been photographing libraries for almost 20 years. His new book is called The Public Library.

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