Weekend Edition Saturday
Weekend Edition Saturday

Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low

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

Weekend Edition Saturday

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

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

School Lunch: Any Chicken In Those 'Food-Like Nubbins'?

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

PGA Puts On A Masters Without Tiger

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

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

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Pentecostal Churches Accused Of Exploiting Cameroon's Poor

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Guineans Scramble To Defend Themselves Against Deadly Virus

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Jailed In Cuba Since 2009, USAID Contractor On Hunger Strike

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

A Year After Bombings, Boston Comes Back 'Strong'

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Searching For A Plane On The Ocean Floor Is Unmapped Territory

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Mavis Staples Sings The Soundtrack Of Civil Rights

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Martin Gardner, Genius Of Recreational Mathematics

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

IRS Chasing Children For Dead Parents' Debts

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

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

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

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

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Iran's Culture Wars: Who's Winning These Days?

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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