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Today on Press Play, we look back on the life and legacy of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this weekend of an apparent heroin overdose. Heroin use and fatalities have risen lately; we talk to a substance abuse researcher to find out why. Plus, we discuss President Obama’s tense interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly yesterday, and we get an inside look at Sochi, the unlikely location of this year’s Russian Olympics.

Banner Image: U.S. actor Philip Seymour Hoffman poses on the red carpet during a screening for the movie 'The Master' at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Venice September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead this weekend in his New York apartment of an apparent drug overdose. An amazingly versatile actor, Hoffman’s death has shocked the entertainment industry and movie fans. We look back on his life and work.

Guests:
Justin Chang, Variety (@JustinCChang)

Heroin Use on the Rise

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s apparent overdose over the weekend has shocked the nation. Turns out, there’s been a big spike in heroin use around the country, from tiny towns in Vermont to right here in Los Angeles. We find out why.

Guests:
Richard Rawson, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine

Politics Roundup

President Obama sat down with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly for a tense interview before the super bowl yesterday. We talk to political reporter about what came out of the interview. Plus, our guest says Congress has rediscovered its ability to get things done. We’ll talk to reporter Molly Ball about her optimism.

Guests:
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)

War and Tourism in the Caucauses

Sochi is a summer resort town on the Black Sea coast at the southern tip of Russia. Despite having a subtropical climate, Sochi was selected to host the 2014 Winter Olympics., which begin next month. For the last 5 years,  Dutch journalist Arnold van Bruggen has been traveling to the region with photographer Rob Hornstra. The result is a hefty and impressive photography book put out by Aperture called The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus.

Arnold van Bruggen joins us from Amsterdam.

Guests:
Arnold van Bruggen, Author (@Avbruggen)

Woody Allen Accusations Resurface

Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, wrote an open letter in the New York Times this weekend accusing the famed director of sexually abusing her when she was 7 years old. We’ll talk about the fallout of the renewed accusations with Kim Masters, Editor-at-Large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

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