All Things Considered for Saturday, November 2, 2013

With Rise Of Painkiller Abuse, A Closer Look At Heroin

The rate of heroin use is up, and federal data shows that nearly 80 percent of people using the illegal drug had previously abused prescription painkillers. One doctor says addiction to painkillers must be treated — and prescriptions regulated — in part to stymie the draw to heroin.
Nearly 1,000 scheduled flights and 100,000 passengers were affected at Los Angeles International Airport, where a gunman on Friday killed a TSA agent and wounded others. On Saturday afternoon, a major terminal in one of the nation's busiest airports finally reopened, FBI agents continued their investigation, and thousands of passengers tried to catch their flights.

How Is White House Handling HealthCare.gov Debacle?

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took to Capitol Hill this week to try and explain the botched rollout of the website that is central to implementation of the Affordable Care Act. And despite apologies and mea culpas, the Obama administration is dealing with new questions about its grasp of technology — and even about the president's veracity.
With the federal insurance exchanges still a mess, some uninsured people are turning to local groups to figure out how and where to purchase insurance. In Florida, a lack of coordination among different agencies is leaving room for dubious outfits to enter the scene.
Ozy co-founder Carlos Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about an Instagram artist with a social conscience, one man breaking into the world of belly dancing, and the timeless innovation of Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
Tweeter-comedian Rob Delaney's new book is a significant departure from the 140-character format that made him famous. The memoir also showcases a more serious side. Delaney talks with NPR's Arun Rath about the struggles with alcoholism and depression that eventually led him to comedy.

This 'Time,' Supernatural Love Story Falls Flat

About Time, written and directed by Richard Curtis (Love Actually), follows a young man looking for love — with a little help from time-travel. NPR's Bob Mondello says that in this instance, time travel and romantic comedy don't necessarily blend well together.

Betto Arcos Brings The Heat From Brazil

KPFK's global music DJ recently visited Brazil, and he brings NPR's Arun Rath a stack of new music he discovered there.
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