Weekend Edition Saturday for Saturday, April 26, 2014

President Obama wrapped up a two-day visit to South Korea, warning Pyongyang that pursuing nuclear weapons will only lead to more isolation. Correspondent Anthony Kuhn talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
Thousands have been jailed in Egypt since a crackdown on dissent last November. But most Egyptians are unwilling to risk jail for reform; most wish things would finally quiet down.

Home Of Second City Comedy Ranks First In Humor

Chicago is the best place to have a good laugh, according to a report from the Humor Research Lab in Colorado. But don't be fooled — you can't precisely calculate a city's sense of humor.

What Russia Might Gain From A Decentralized Ukraine

Moscow is demanding that Kiev's new constitution give so much autonomy to its diverse regions — particularly the Russian-speaking ones — that they could even conduct their own foreign policy.

Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized

Pope John Paul II was a favorite of traditionalists in the Catholic Church. John XXIII was beloved by liberals. By canonizing them together, Pope Francis hopes to keep all Catholics in the same tent.

A Pixie Explores Vintage Porn In 'The Good Inn'

Black Francis, frontman of the Pixies, is trying his hand at literature. He's co-authored an illustrated novel based on the world's first pornographic film, a 1908 production called The Good Inn.

Jim Gaffigan, Funny And Clean In 'Obsessed'

Comedian Jim Gaffigan takes aim at kale in his new comedy special, Obsessed. He reminds NPR's Scott Simon we once thought cottage cheese was healthy, even though it looks like cellulite.

Road Teams Find The Edge In NBA Playoffs

We learn if the home court advantage is really an advantage when NPR's Scott Simon speaks with sports correspondent Tom Goldman.

What Makes Americans Buy British Soccer Clubs?

Soccer is a national obsession in England that's spilling over into America. NPR's Scott Simon talks to sports business writer John Ourand about why Americans are buying up the U.K.'s top teams.

Stars Indulge In Versification At Poetry Gala

In celebration of National Poetry Month, some of the biggest names in show business took to the stage to read their favorite wordsmiths.
The band's catchy new album, Pop Psychology, was scooped by a bigger announcement: Its frontman, Tyler Glenn, is gay.
After a breakdown in talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, President Obama said it may be time to take a step back from peace talks. An agreement now seems very far off.
In a new book, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says we should rewrite the Second Amendment, abolish the death penalty and restrict political campaign spending.
Syria appears likely to meet Sunday's deadline for handing over its chemical arsenal. But President Bashar Assad hasn't been weakened. His forces currently have the upper hand in the civil war.
Syrian composer Malek Jandali's parents were beaten after he criticized the Assad regime in a performance abroad. Now Jandali is asking American and European audiences to donate to Syrians in need.

Fear Of Addiction Means Chronic Pain Goes Untreated

The FDA's decision to approve a new painkiller has met with fierce opposition. Judy Foreman, author of A Nation in Pain, tells NPR's Scott Simon why pain relief is such a highly polarized subject.
The remains of William T. Carneal were found on the coastline of Saipan last year. After 70 years, Pfc. Carneal was remembered in a ceremony in his hometown of Paducah, Ky.

Stopping Link Rot: Aiming To End A Virtual Epidemic

Getting a "File Not Found" or "Error 404" message is annoying, but in the academic world, it can be a minor tragedy. One professor explains why we need those pages, and what's being done to save them.
Once upon a time, Lahore was home to a booming film industry and studio musicians to match. Now, the sounds of Lollywood have made a comeback, thanks to a jazz fan — who's also a philanthropist.
The Art of Secrets is the young-adult story of an investigation centered on a suspected hate crime in Chicago. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with the book's author, high school librarian James Klise.
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