A Close Up View of the Ukraine with Novelist Andrey Kurkov on PRI's The World for 2-25-14

PRI's The World - with Host Marco Werman  

The current drama in Ukraine reads like a fast-paced novel, each day's news a fresh chapter full of surprising detail. So it seems fitting to turn to Ukrainian novelist Andrey Kurkov to get a sense of what events look like close up. He's been in and out of Maidan Square in Kiev since the beginning of the protests.

There's political turmoil in Egypt too after the surprise resignation of the prime minister yesterday. Borzou Daragahi of the Financial Times fills us in on the latest developments. And Iranian photographer Shirin Neshat tells us about her portraits of ordinary Egyptians taken during the course of the uprisings.

Clark Boyd has our Sideways Glance today - we don't want to give too much away here. Suffice to say that it involves diamonds and desert, not to mention a French photographer and a German ghost town. Oh yeah, you'll want to listen.

And imagine if you could visit some of the home cooks from around the world and learn the secret to Indian tikka masala or Greek tyropita --- that's a Greek cheese pie. Nina Porzucki does just that in New York city and you get to come along.