Ari Shapiro http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/latest-eastern-ukraine Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Tensions remain very high this morning in Eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russia demonstrators stormed the city hall in the city of Donetsk. And there are now reports this morning of several Ukrainian armored personnel carriers on the move in some cities flying Russian flags. To try and sort out what's going on, we have NPR's Ari Shapiro on the line. He is in the Eastern Ukrainian city of Kramatorsk. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:14:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 35333 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/between-friends-family-and-country-ukranian-police-lie-low <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onRu5am9Rx0</p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 35251 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Between Friends, Family And Country, Ukrainian Police Lie Low God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/god-save-queen-and-donetsk-too The eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk has been the center of a standoff since Sunday, with demonstrators pleading for the city to join Russia, while government leaders insist it will remain part of Ukraine.<p>In the midst of this tug-of-war, there's a third country that may have a claim on the city — though admittedly, a much looser one.<p>"God Save The Queen" isn't just the British national anthem, it's also the name of a campaign to bring Donetsk under the sheltering wing of Her Majesty's United Kingdom.<p>(You read that correctly: the UK. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:47:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 35209 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org God Save The Queen — And Donetsk, Too? Cleaning Around Barricades, Kiev Protesters Still Camping In Square http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cleaning-around-barricades-kiev-protesters-still-camping-square Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>In the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, hundreds of people are still camped out in Independence Square known as the Maidan. They say they'll stay, at least through next month's presidential elections, to push for greater reform. In February, violent protests in the Maidan toppled the president and left dozens dead. Today, though, the cloud of black dust over the square was from dozens of brooms sweeping. NPR's Ari Shapiro reports.<p>ARI SHAPIRO, BYLINE: The riots here in Independence Square ended months ago, but this still looks like the scene of violence. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 35069 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ukraine Crisis, NSA Eavesdropping Dominate Summit Discussions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ukraine-crisis-nsa-eavesdropping-dominate-summit-discussions President Obama is in Brussels for meetings with NATO and the European Union. Events on the sideline of Tuesday's nuclear summit at The Hague have eclipsed the nuclear agenda itself. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 34737 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org At Nuclear Summit, Ukraine Questions Dominate The Day http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nuclear-summit-ukraine-questions-dominate-day Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>President Obama wrapped up a two-day nuclear security summit in The Hague today. He's been operating on two tracks on this trip. At the summit, he's been urging countries to get rid of their nuclear material. On the sidelines, he's been organizing the global community to isolate Russia, following it's annexation of Crimea.<p>NPR's Ari Shapiro is traveling with the president and joins us now from The Hague. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 34723 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Will Scotland Go Independent? A Primer On The Secession Vote http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scotland-vote-seceding-united-kingdom An intense campaign is underway for the future of the United Kingdom. On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland will vote on whether to become an independent country. Here are answers to a few key questions about the issue.<p><strong>1. Why would Scotland want to leave the U.K.?</strong><p>There are some reasons grounded in logic and others based in emotion.<p>Scotland wants more control over the oil and gas in the North Sea. Scots bristle at regulations from London. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 10:02:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 34171 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Will Scotland Go Independent? A Primer On The Secession Vote Classical Music Piece Enhances Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/classical-music-piece-enhances-roald-dahls-dirty-beasts Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>The children's author Roald Dahl died almost 25 years ago, and yet, today you can find more musical adaptations of his work than ever.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>"Matilda" is a hit on Broadway. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 33789 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Some Brits Not Ready To Say 'Ta-Ra' To Iconic Telephone Box http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/some-brits-not-ready-say-ta-ra-iconic-telephone-box People in the United Kingdom are racing to save a beloved icon, in a mission that in some ways resembles efforts to save the giant panda in China, or the polar bear in the Arctic.<p>But this icon isn't threatened by habitat loss or climate change. The problem here comes from companies like Apple, Samsung and Nokia.<p>"Mobiles have taken over," laments Mark Johnson, the man in charge of pay phones for BT (formerly known as British Telecom).<p>People below a certain age may not even know what a pay phone is: Think great big cellphone that lives in a box on the street. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 10:10:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32997 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Some Brits Not Ready To Say 'Ta-Ra' To Iconic Telephone Box How 2013 Became The 'Gayest Year Ever' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/how-2013-became-gayest-year-ever Utah's surprise decision to legalize same-sex marriage caps a landmark year for gay rights. The last 12 months saw a huge string of victories, from state legislatures, to Congress, to the Supreme Court. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 21:36:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 32589 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org