For weeks, protesters have been camped out in downtown Kiev, furious that Ukraine's government accepted a bailout loan from Russia and reneged on a promise to take Ukraine out of Russia's orbit and into the future with the European Union. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Anders Aslund of the Peterson Institute about the implications of the loan.
Central banks around the world have created games that explain the sometimes wonky world of international finance and economics. NPR's Scott Simon talks to Jason Karaian, of the online magazine Quartz, about this surprisingly crowded genre.
It's a small number, but it comes from a search in the world of mathematics that began looking at more digits than we know how to name. Weekend Edition's math guy, Keith Devlin, explains the number's significance with NPR's Scott Simon.
The University of Southern California and University of Washington are investigating a possible rules violation in which an assistant coach may have helped a potential high school recruit pay for private tutoring. NPR's Scott Simon talks with sports reporter Tom Goldman about the investigation and the perplexing NCAA rule book, and to bid San Francisco's Candlestick Park a fond farewell.
In more than 270 cities this year, all around the world, special concerts will present Christmas music down at the low end of the musical scale. It's called "Tuba Christmas," and we hear a bit of it from a performance in Washington, D.C.
President Obama wrapped up a rough year with a White House news conference before boarding Air Force One to Hawaii with his family for the holidays. Amid all the criticism of the troubled rollout of his health care law, the government shutdown and NSA snooping, the president highlighted greater energy independence and flickers of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill.