Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on a real-life case of a freighter overtaken by Somali pirates in 2009. You might know the story, but critic Kenneth Turan says this film will exceed your expectations. Plus, Morning Edition investigates what it takes to have a convincing Boston accent.
Human Rights Watch issued a report on Friday that focuses on the shootings of fleeing women and children, hostage taking and more on the coastal city of Latakia. Anne Barnard of The New York Times has just finished a reporting stint in Syria, and she talks to Steve Inkseep about what she saw.
Patricia Rucker is the president of her local Tea Party branch in Harpers Ferry, W. Va. Her husband is an essential federal employee who hasn't been paid since the government partially closed. While Patricia is worried how her family will pay their bills if the closure persists, she fully supports the shutdown if it means change in Washington.