Ari Shapiro http://wfdd.org en A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life http://wfdd.org/post/scottish-yarn-knit-time-saves-fabric-shetland-life Drive around the Shetland Islands in the far north of Scotland, and at least one thing is immediately apparent: It's home to a lot of sheep. They're everywhere — wandering along the roadsides and on beaches.<p>In fact, there are some 400,000 of them in Shetland, where the ovine inhabitants outnumber the human ones 20 to 1.<p>So if you're invited to someone's home for dinner, lamb will likely be on the table. And if you're wearing a local scarf or mittens, chances are it was made out of Shetland wool.<p>Here in Shetland, knitting is not a hobby reserved for grannies or for hipsters. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:34:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 12164 at http://wfdd.org A Scottish Yarn: A Knit In Time Saves The Fabric Of Shetland Life In Leap From Page To Stage, UK's Take On 'Catch-22' Gets It Right http://wfdd.org/post/leap-page-stage-uks-take-catch-22-gets-it-right <em>Catch-22</em> is widely considered a great novel; until now, it has been a disaster as a play. Though Joseph Heller adapted his work for the stage decades ago, every production had been a failure. Now, however, a new production of his play seems to have broken the curse: It is touring the UK and receiving strong reviews. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 21:06:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 11679 at http://wfdd.org Britain's Right-Wing Party Make Gains In EU Parliament Election http://wfdd.org/post/britains-right-wing-party-make-gains-eu-parliament-election British voters went to the polls Thursday in European and local elections. The vote is key for the UK Independence Party, whose anti-Europe and anti-immigration views struck a chord with some Britons. Fri, 23 May 2014 09:59:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 11422 at http://wfdd.org Sinn Fein Leader's Questioning Dredges Memories Of 'Troubles' http://wfdd.org/post/sinn-fein-leaders-questioning-dredges-memories-troubles Gerry Adams, a leader of Sinn Fein, was questioned in Northern Ireland in connection with an infamous murder 42 years ago. The investigation threatens to impact the fragile peace agreement there. Mon, 05 May 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Ari Shapiro 11035 at http://wfdd.org Tank Movement Increases Tensions In Eastern Ukraine http://wfdd.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 10697 at http://wfdd.org