Weekend Edition Saturday for May 10, 2014
May 10, 2014 — Sunday's referendum in eastern Ukraine comes as fierce battles are waged in the port city of Mariupol. A vote for independence may calm tensions, but it might also bankrupt the economy.
May 10, 2014 — As state-run TV cheers Vladimir Putin, cable providers have dropped Russia's last independent channel. NPR's Scott Simon interviews the editor of Dozhd TV about its struggles to stay on the air.
May 10, 2014 — Major League Baseball and Match.com have a new joint venture to connect fans looking for romance. But can they make lovers out of those with a passion for baseball?
May 10, 2014 — Congress has ordered the FAA to create new rules to safely integrate drones into U.S. airspace by 2015, but North Dakota's farmers aren't waiting.
May 10, 2014 — Schoolkids under the flight path of London's main airport now play in noise-reducing huts because it's so loud. Yet the airport wants a third runway so it can accommodate more flights.
May 10, 2014 — Grace McLeod is a 19-year-old filmmaker with a message to self-proclaimed social progressives: Tolerance and acceptance are not equal. She talks with Scott Simon about her new work, Under the Table.
May 10, 2014 — Why do we prefer Coke over a generic cola? Psychologist Paul Bloom tells the TED Radio Hour's Guy Raz that we come to believe something is better because we're told that it is.
May 10, 2014 — Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric Internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.
May 10, 2014 — The Americans is a hit TV show on FX about KGB spies living in the United States. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Welsh actor Matthew Rhys about playing a Russian with an American accent.
May 10, 2014 — Ben Harper comes from a musical family that goes back generations. NPR's Scott Simon talks with the folk musician and his mother, Ellen, about a their new collaboration, Childhood Home.