Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ukraine's Parliament pushed President Viktor Yanukovich out of office as his political nemesis was released from prison. Reporter Soraya Sarhadi Nelson gives NPR's Rachel Martin the latest.
With Kiev now almost empty of its political leaders, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine.

UN Security Council Agrees On Syria Aid Resolution

The UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday to boost humanitarian aid access in Syria. More than 9 million people need help, according to the U.N.
Reform advocates hope the deal to limit solitary confinement becomes a model for prisons throughout the country.
Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, is 90 years old. In power since 1980, Mugabe is considered a despot in the West. NPR's Rachel Martin discusses his legacy with reporter Ofeibea Quist-Arcton.

Director Says 'Omar' Is A Love Story, Not A War Story

In Hany Abu-Assad's Oscar-nominated drama, the title character is a young Palestinian in love with an Israeli woman. NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with the director and with Adam Bakri, the film's star.
Book fans can be picky about how Hollywood treats their favorite reads. How does a new movie of Marc Helprin's Winter's Tale fare? (This story originally aired on Morning Edition on Feb. 17.)

Famous Four-By-Fours That Aren't Trucks

Every answer is the name of a famous person with four letters in his or her first name and four letters in the last. For each person, you'll be given initials and an anagram of the full name.
Pam Oliver is one of the most successful sideline reporters in sports. It is, of course, a field very much dominated by men. Oliver talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about her career.

That Elusive Element Of Brazilian Bossa Nova

Classic Brazilian bossa nova music has a familiar, slow, graceful pulse. NPR's Felix Contreras of Alt.Latino plays some songs for NPR's Rachel Martin.
One of the world's most powerful drug lords has been captured. Mexican authorities say Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was taken into custody after a months-long investigation.

Fed Up With Harassment, Author Reveals Her Cyberstalker

Melissa Anelli is the author of Harry, A History, a best-selling book about Harry Potter from J.K. Rowling's series. And for more than five years, she has also been the victim of a cyberstalker.

Drought Could Drain More Than Brazil's Coffee Crop

Brazilian cities are rationing water; farmers are facing dying crops. Scientists say the situation will only worsen — and that the government is ignoring warnings and failing to help those in need.
Improving the lives of the poor can take many forms. One group of senior citizens in New York City meets regularly to stretch their legs and in the process reinvigorate their community.

Is Olympic Hockey Worth The Price For The NHL?

Hockey is a mainstay of the Winter Olympics, but its timing conflicts with the NHL calendar. Some suggest it should join the Summer Olympics. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Mike Pesca of Slate.com.

Running For Congress At Age 101

Joe Newman, 101, is running for a seat in the House of Representatives from Florida's 16th congressional district. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the candidate.

Suitgate And Extreme Sports: An Olympic Wrapup

The Winter Olympics are officially drawing to a close. NPR's Robert Smith, Tamara Keith and Sonari Glinton join NPR's Rachel Martin to talk about how the games have gone.

In 'Kinder Than Solitude,' History Always Haunts

Yiyun Li's latest novel is a coming of age novel set in the Tiananmen Square era in Beijing. Li spoke with NPR's Rachel Martin about lonely youth and China's post-Tiananmen generation.

Megaband Formed On Craigslist Becomes The Family Crest

There are big bands and then there are really big bands, like The Family Crest, which features around 300 players. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with lead vocalist Liam McCormick about the band.
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