All Things Considered for Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ukraine's favorite oligarch is poised to become its president. Petro Poroshenko wants peace talks with Russia, but he supports military action against the armed insurgents he compares to Somali pirates. The billionaire confectioner is promising to pacify the restive east, end corruption and move Ukraine closer to Europe — all while maintaining ties with Moscow. Analysts say he will need help — and a dose of good luck.
For more details on the European elections, Robert Siegel speaks with Ambassador Ivo Daalder, the president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and former U.S. permanent representative to NATO.
Climate change in the West is luring rainbow trout to higher elevations, where the fish are mating with native cutthroats, genetic evidence shows. Biologists and anglers worry cutthroats could vanish.
President Obama intends to keep a force of 9,800 American troops after the end of 2014. The troops will remain in the country to train Afghan forces and support counterterrorism operations.
The country's spectacular antiquities are being plundered by rebels, organized criminal groups and desperate civilians. Many items go across the border to Lebanon.
Attendees at an inclusive capitalism conference in London control $30 trillion in assets. But it's unclear what, if any, financial commitments will come from the conclave on income inequality.
Is the story of rising inequality presented by Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century an exaggeration? A Financial Times editor said as much recently. Now, the argument has begun.
Poland's last Communist leader, Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, has died, leaving Poles a difficult question: What honor befits a man with such a complicated legacy? Konstanty Gebert, a Warsaw journalist, explains.
The famed writer of Westerns uses his first novel in five years to blow a few holes in the myths surrounding the shootout at the OK Corral. Reviewer Alan Cheuse calls it "a peach of a book."
"If they hold an instrument, they will not take a drug. They will not hold a gun," says Santa Cecilia Orchestra conductor Sonia Marie De Leon De Vega. "It's that powerful."
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a Florida rule requiring a defendant's IQ to be 70 or below before that defendant could avoid the death penalty for reasons of mental retardation.
In the wake of a killing rampage that left six students dead, the University of California, Santa Barbara, community continues to grieve. NPR's Sam Sanders has a remembrance of the victims.
Elliott Rodger's manifesto was riddled with threats against women. Writer Laurie Penny says the idea that women owe men sex and adoration is pervasive online.
Egypt has added a third day of voting in its presidential election. With Abdel Fattah al-Sisi relying on voter turnout to legitimize his election, the government-allied media is exhorting Egyptians to vote or be considered traitors.
A bullet to the head killed Zhang Xianling's son near Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. Since then, she has led a group demanding the truth and accountability for those deaths.
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of "lifers" — those sentenced to life in prison with chance of parole — being paroled. The change is affecting life on both sides of the prison walls.
Michelle Obama's fight to help kids eat more healthfully and fight obesity is about to get real. She's launching a campaign Tuesday to fight congressional efforts to delay new school food rules.
Philadelphia's largest daily newspapers have been sold for $88 million. The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News are changing owners after months of conflict between the papers' previous co-owners.
Melissa Block talks to California high school cross country coach Jon Sutherland, just moments after he broke the record for the longest running streak in the U.S.: 16,438 days in a row.

Album Review: 'Runaway's Diary'

Amy LaVere sings in a sweet soprano, but her lyrics are anything but sweet. Robert Christgau reviews her new album, Runaway's Diary.
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