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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Anti-government protesters guard the perimeter of Independence Square, known as Maidan, on February 19, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty)

Kiev Burns as Protests in Ukraine turn Deadly | Union Radio Fades from the Airwaves | The Pros & Cons of Raising the Minimum Wage | What's it Like to Come in 4th at the Olympics? | The Best Time for Breakthroughs? Your Late 30s | Sir Ian McKellen Discusses Life on Stage & Screen

Kiev Burns as Protests in Ukraine turn Deadly

Kiev is smoldering after a night of violent fighting between government forces and protesters. Dozens are dead and hundreds are injured in Ukraine's capitol city. Zenon Zawada, political analyst at Concord Capital investment bank and writer for The Ukrainian Weekly, is in Kiev and was at the protests last night. He gives us an update on the situation on the ground. John Herbst, former Ambassador to the Ukraine, weighs in on what the violence means for the future of Ukraine.

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Union Radio Fades from the Airwaves

During the heyday of American unions, there were more than 250 programs produced or funded by labor unions. Elizabeth Fones-Wolf, history professor at West Virginia University and author of “Waves of Opposition: Labor and the Struggle for Democratic Radio, 1933-1958,” explains the history of a now lesser-known news source. The Union Edge is the only nationally syndicated labor program remaining. Its co-host and executive producer, Angela Baughman, explains how these newscasts have evolved.

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Why Your Late 30s Are the Best Time for Breakthroughs

Albert Einstein once said that "a person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so." Genius may have come early for Einstein, but according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, most scientists don't achieve their first big breakthrough until their late thirties. David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us: New Insights Into Genetics, Talent, and IQ," discusses the study and its implications.

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Sir Ian McKellen Discusses Life on Stage & Screen

Sir Ian McKellen stopped by The Greene Space at WNYC yesterday for a live lunchtime chat with a studio audience and our host John Hockenberry. He discussed his life and work in theater and on screen, from the Broadway stage play "Waiting for Godot," to X-Men and his friendship with Sir Patrick Stewart. Here you'll find selected audio and video clips of McKellen's interview, as well as a link to the full conversation.

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Today's Highlights | February 19, 2014

Also on Today's Show: A new report out by the Congressional Budget Office shows that increasing the federal minimum wage would mean an increase in family income but also the elimination of some low-wage jobs...The top five in the world sounds pretty impressive everywhere from academics, to wealth or life expectancy. It's impressive everywhere except the Olympics. What is it like for an Olympic athlete to finish in fourth place?

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