Morning Edition for February 3, 2014
Feb 3, 2014 — Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday. He was 46 years old. Police are investigating the death as a possible drug overdose. He'd struggled with substance abuse throughout his life.
Feb 3, 2014 — Many famous actors have played the role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Philip Seymour Hoffman became the fifth actor to play the harried, 63-year-old Loman on Broadway. (Steve Inskeep's conversation with Philip Seymour Hoffman initially aired on April 12, 2012 on Morning Edition).
Feb 3, 2014 — Brazil was the last country in the Americas to outlaw slavery. Descendants of runaway slaves are fighting for land rights. They were granted the rights in 1988, but few have actually gotten ownership.
Feb 3, 2014 — Senegalese music star Youssou Ndour, who is Muslim, is joining with a Christian artist from Central African Republic to record a song of peace. The country has been devastated by inter-religious violence. Ndour hopes the song will encourage strong international solidarity, and help to restore peace to the country.
Feb 3, 2014 — On Morning Edition last Friday, we mentioned that Rocky Mountain oysters come from cows. Listeners wrote in to say that's not true.
Feb 3, 2014 — Many of the world's top diplomats met over the weekend along with defense officials for an annual security conference in Munich, Germany. Top of the agenda were two countries in particular: Ukraine and Iran.
Feb 3, 2014 — Only one quarter of young teens are getting enough exercise, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Organized sports often aren't enough to meet that hour a day goal. But parents can help by building more activity into family life.
Feb 3, 2014 — Sports medicine doctors say they've seen a rise in overuse injuries among kids who train long and hard.
Feb 3, 2014 — Company officials say the hub hasn't turned a profit in more than a decade and loses tens of millions of dollars annually. Daily departures are expected to shrink by 60 percent by early summer.
Feb 3, 2014 — A jury in New York is expected to begin deciding the fate of Mathew Martoma this week. A former portfolio manager at the hedge fund company SAC Capital Advisors, Martoma is accused of insider trading. Officials say he sold shares of two pharmaceutical companies after obtaining inside information about drugs being developed.