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5:00am

Fri July 31, 2015
Movies

Philosophically Speaking, Allen's 'Irrational Man' Is Asking All The Right Questions

Emma Stone and Joaquin Phoenix in 'Irrational Man.'
Sabrina Lantos courtesy Sony Pictures Classics

In Woody Allen's Stardust Memories a couple of space creatures ask Allen's character Sandy Bates why he isn't funny anymore. You see, Allen stopped giving dazzling belly laughs a long time ago. He offers chuckles in his last dozen films or so, but his latest, Irrational Man, doesn't even do much of that.

It's a moral and intellectual drama that casts a clear and sometimes amused eye on human self-delusion and hypocrisy. Yet, when I think back on Allen's career, these are the best qualities in his movies, and that moral voice is what's been missing since the '90s.

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3:08am

Fri July 31, 2015
StoryCorps

Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 5:22 am

Newspaper clippings of young Donnie Dunagan from the early '40s.
Courtesy of Donnie and Dana Dunagan.

Donnie Dunagan is a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the '50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret.

A dark reminder of the past Dunagan left behind still lurked unspoken: He was Bambi.

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9:01am

Thu July 30, 2015
Agriculture

Drifting Pesticides Threaten Organic Farms

Farmers Margot McMillen and Julie Wheeler check on their tomato plants, which they moved into a greenhouse to protect from unwanted pesticides.
Credit Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

Chert Hollow Farm sits nestled between rows of tall trees and a nearby stream in central Missouri. Eric and Joanna Reuter have been running the organic farm since 2006. That means they don’t plant genetically modified crops and can only use a few approved kinds of chemicals and fertilizers.

“We’ve traditionally raised about an acre and a half of pretty intensively managed produce, so it’s a very productive acre and a half,” Eric Reuter said. “We’re really into cropping things.”

Their neighbors grow acres of corn and soybeans and they mostly got along. That is until one July evening in 2014. Joanna Reuter was transplanting some broccoli when a sound caught her attention.

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6:12am

Thu July 30, 2015

5:00am

Thu July 30, 2015
Water

Colorado's Water Plan Lays Foundation, But Is It Strong Enough?

The Colorado Water Plan aims to balance the competing water needs of cities, agriculture, and the natural environment.
buoybarrel Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado's statewide water plan has been criticized for failing to make tough decisions about the state's biggest water issues: how new growth uses water, a new transmountain diversion from the Western Slope, and how to balance urban needs for water with a desire to preserve agriculture, which uses the majority of the state's water.

In response, those involved with the plan say that's not the point. The plan, by gathering input from across the state, is bringing together people with very different perspectives on water. By getting them to discuss the biggest issues around water in the state, it lays the foundation for better water management.

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