Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, April 12, 2014

As pro-Russia demonstrators continue their tense standoff in Eastern Ukraine, police are conspicuously absent from city streets.
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.
Rush hour took on new meaning this week when a dog jumped in front of a commuter train and began to run.

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.

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.

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.
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.
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.
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.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

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.

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.

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.
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 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.
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.
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.
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