• 8:02pm Feb 04, 2014
    National National Health & Safety

    Spike In Heroin Use Can Be Traced To Prescription Pads

    Heroin overdose deaths have increased significantly in the U.S. over the past five years. Experts point to aggressive prescribing of opioid drugs for pain about 15 years ago as a reason why. Heroin users often say their addiction began with exposure to painkillers like OxyContin.
  • 8:00pm Feb 04, 2014
    National National

    Some Fake Coral Might Mean A Sea Change at Detroit Aquarium

    Detroit's Belle Isle Aquarium is getting a little help from its friends in Washington, D.C. The National Aquarium closed late last year after more than 100 years. Thousands of dollars' worth of equipment went to the Motor City, where its own century-old aquarium is beautiful and historic — but starved for resources. Budget shortfalls forced its closure in 2005. But a scrappy team of volunteers has worked to open it to the public on a limited basis, and they hope the fake coral, fiberglass tank props, and other equipment from D.C. will help it regain some of its luster.
  • 2:25pm Feb 03, 2014
    National National Arts

    Following Oil Boom In N. Dakota: A Cultural Blooming?

    The oil fields of western North Dakota are bringing vast economic opportunity to a region that just 10 years ago was in decline. Yet, this vitality is rough around the edges and high art and culture are rare commodities. One organization is trying to change that by sending two professional writers into towns most impacted by the boom to conduct creative writing workshops.
  • 6:42pm Feb 02, 2014
    National National Health & Safety

    The Brutal Business Of Heroin Brings Wave Of Overdoses In Pa.

    According to state and local authorities, 22 people in Western Pennsylvania have died of heroin overdose in less than two weeks. The wave of deaths is due to the appearance of an especially potent batch of heroin, mixed with the painkiller Fentanyl. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Dr. Neil Capretto, medical director of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh.
  • 12:00am Feb 02, 2014
    Sports Sports National

    How To Predict The Super Bowl Champions

    This weekend is all about Sunday's Super Bowl matchup between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. NPR's Tom Goldman joins Scott Simon to talk about the history of the game, and the one key factoid that predicts Sunday's winner that no one has mentioned yet.