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Fresh Air Weekend
12:38 am
Sat July 21, 2012

Fresh Air Weekend: Weaver, Sorkin, 'Dark Knight'

Sigourney Weaver stars as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals.
Andrew Eccles USA Network

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 12:12 pm

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors, and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Aaron Sorkin: The Writer Behind 'The Newsroom': HBO's new behind-the-anchor-desk drama follows in the footsteps of Sorkin's hit series The West Wing. "I like writing about heroes that don't wear capes or disguises," he says.

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All Tech Considered
6:46 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

'Techie Computer Programmer Guy' And The Website Reddit Deliver The News

Morgan Jones, an 18-year-old from Denver, gave minute-by-minute updates Friday on the movie theater shootings in nearby Aurora, Colo.
Courtesy of Morgan Jones

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 8:45 am

By the time a lot of professional journalists awoke Friday morning to learn about a mass shooting inside a Colorado movie theater, 18-year-old Morgan Jones had already been providing minute-by-minute coverage to a rapt audience for hours.

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The Two-Way
6:33 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

'Dark Knight' Director: The Attack Is 'Devastating'

A policeman stands outside a movie theater in New York on Friday during a showing of "The Dark Knight Rises."
Mehdi Taamallah AFP/Getty Images

Director Christopher Nolan's newest film was supposed be the summer's blockbuster. Instead, after a shooting rampage that has left 12 dead, the last Batman film The Dark Knight Rises is now forever connected to one of the deadliest mass shootings in United States history.

After news of the shooting, the Paris premiere of the film was cancelled and a scheduled press junket was scrapped, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

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The Two-Way
5:00 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

The Tragedy of Jessica Redfield: Spared In Toronto, She Died In Colorado Shooting

This undated family photo courtesy of KSAT television in San Antonio, Texas shows Jessica Ghawi.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 8:56 am

By just minutes, Jessica Ghawi escaped a mass shooting in Toronto, last month. She chronicled the experience on her blog.

She wrote that at 6:20 p.m., she bought a burger but instead of sitting down to eat it at the Eaton Centre food court, she went outside to get some fresh air.

"The gunshots rung out at 6:23," she wrote. "Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire."

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It's All Politics
4:54 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

New Questions About Timing Of Romney's Bain Departure

Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign stop in Roxbury, Mass., on Thursday.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Mon July 23, 2012 9:37 am

The Boston Globe reported new details Friday about Mitt Romney's lingering ties to his private equity firm, Bain Capital, after he left Boston to run the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The Globe says Romney was "not merely an absentee owner" between 1999 and 2002, despite financial disclosure forms that say he "has not been involved in the operations" of Bain Capital "in any way," for more than a dozen years.

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Movie Interviews
4:54 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

In New Documentary, Our Economic Fall Writ Large

Jackie Siegel poses in The Queen of Versailles. She and her husband, David, were building the largest house in the U.S. before the recession soured their plans.
Lauren Greenfield Magnolia Pictures

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 7:39 pm

The Queen of Versailles is a movie about a couple who set out to build a colossal 90,000-square-foot home — the biggest in America — inspired by the palace of Louis XIV, the Sun King.

In another time, this might have been the premise for a fictional film — a fable about hubris and material excess. But in our time, The Queen of Versailles is actually a documentary about the real life of David and Jackie Siegel of Orlando, Fla.

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The Aurora Theater Shootings
4:54 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

'Dark Knight' Events Canceled, Theaters Add Guards

Workers dismantle an installation that was set up for the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Paris. It had been scheduled for Friday night but was canceled after a gunman killed 12 people at a Colorado opening of the same film.
Jacques Brinon AP

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 5:56 pm

In the aftermath of the mass shooting in a Colorado theater, the hoopla surrounding a blockbuster movie opening was toned down, and theaters around the country began beefing up security.

Warner Bros., the studio behind The Dark Knight Rises, canceled Friday night's red-carpet premiere in Paris. It also called off a press conference with the director and the stars.

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London 2012: The Summer Olympics
4:17 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Tug Of War, Bike Polo Among Retired Olympic Events

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 7:41 pm

Tug of war, bicycle polo and pigeon shooting share the common trait of being one-time, but now discontinued Olympic events. Robert Siegel talks with David Goldblatt, co-author of How to Watch the Olympics, about the sports you will not see if you tune in to this summer's Olympic games.

Energy
4:16 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Calif. Nuclear Plant Still Offline After Six Months

Originally published on Fri July 20, 2012 5:56 pm

The San Onofre Nuclear Generation Energy Station has been offline since the end of January. That's when a radiation leak occurred from worn steam generating tubes in the reactor. Several inspections later, the plant remains closed just as summer in Southern California begins to heat up.

The Two-Way
3:29 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

A Litany Of Victims: Dispatch Tapes Reveal Chaos, Bloodshed Of Mass Shooting

Calls to police started coming in at about 12:30 a.m. from a theater in Aurora, Colo., showing "The Dark Knight Rises."
Karl Gehring The Denver Post via AP

Originally published on Sat July 21, 2012 8:45 am

It's hard to listen to the 16-minutes of audio coming from the Aurora Police dispatch. It begins with the first reports of a shooting at a movie complex.

At about two minutes into the recording, you hear reports that "someone is spraying gas." Then as police begin arriving at the scene, they start asking dispatch to send more officers, to send more ambulances.

"I got people running out of the theater that are shot," one officer says.

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