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Brazil's army says it's dispatching nearly 1,000 troops to the country's largest shanty-town – or "favela" – in the hope of ending a wave of deadly violence that began nearly one week ago.

This afternoon military trucks carrying soldiers brandishing assault weapons began rumbling up to the edge of Rocinha, a sprawl of tumble-down hillside homes, shops, narrow streets and tiny alleys in the south of Rio de Janeiro.

Well before this year's series of historically powerful hurricanes, Puerto Rico already had a notoriously fickle power supply and crushing debt — the power authority effectively declared bankruptcy in July. Power outages were routine, even in cities.

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We talk with writer-director Jerry Miller and with members of his cast from the current production at Theatre on the Ridge in Paradise -- "Radioland's Fall Fantasia," a live radio-show-style variety show which features singing, comedy, a game show and festive celebrations of the autumn season. We also talk with Jacki McClain, Arts Coordinator for Taste of Chico this Sunday and the Chico Art Walk on October 6. McClain will tell how, as part of both those events, a group of artists has created wee Fairy Doors which will be hidden around downtown Chico and children are challenged to find them (prizes will be awarded to the children who locate the most fairy doors).

This is Since You Asked, where you ask the questions and we find the answers.

Today I’ll try to answer, “What’s safer, Highway 99 or 70?”

That’s a simple enough question, right? Or at least it seems so.

Retired biology professor Raymond Barnett has just finished his seventh book, The Death of Mycroft: Sherlock Holmes and the Secret of D-Day. This week join Nancy for a new Holmes mystery, and also the ancient Chinese way of living known as Taoism in Professor Barnett's previous book, Relax, You're Already Home.

Dave talks to Emer Reynolds, the director of the new documentary The Farthest, which aired on PBS Nova this summer. It tells the epic story of the twin Voyager spacecraft.

Launched in 1977, the Voyagers were the designed to tour the outer solar system thanks to an alignment that happens once in every 175 years. Voyager 1 flew by Jupiter and Saturn and then was flung into the outer solar system above the plane of the planets becoming the fastest object ever made by humans. In 2012, it entered interstellar space becoming, literally, the farthest.

Voyager 2 went on to explore Uranus and Neptune before also heading out toward the stars. Both carry the famous Golden Record, containing music, greetings and images — a time capsule of life on Earth sent to the stars. The records and the spacecraft will last a billion years, far outlasting any other human artifact. In the film, Reynolds interviews nearly every surviving member of the teams that engineered the missions, did the science and made the record.

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The healing power of gardens and nature is well known to almost anyone who gardens and has been recorded by gardeners, landscape designers and medical practitioners as far back as antiquity. This week on Cultivating Place we’re joined by Dr. Clare Cooper Marcus, a leader in the field of evidence based research, education and design of what are alternatively known as healing gardens and therapeutic landscapes. Join us!

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Today we go “adventuring” with Mary Ellicott Arnold and her life partner, Mabel Reed, in the wilds of the Klamath and Salmon River country in 1908 and 1909. They worked as “field matrons” for the Department of the Interior’s United States Indian Service, an experience they generously share with us in In the Land of the Grasshopper Song, first published in 1955, which should top your must-read list. Their job was to “civilize” the Indians—the point being to take a kinder, gentler approach than clearly barbaric military action. Thanks to Annie Bidwell, Mary Arnold’s Chico cousin, they had met the special agent for California Indians, and asked to be sent to the roughest, toughest territory. He obliged.

Nancy Pelosi expresses her support for passing the DREAM act at Sacramento State University on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.
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Nancy Pelosi expresses her support for passing the DREAM act at Sacramento State University on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017.

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PolitiFact California looks at claims made by elected officials, candidates and groups and rates them as: True, Mostly True, Half True, Mostly False, False and Pants On Fire.

Today our guest is Portland folk-rock songwriter Elizabeth Fagan, or as she’s known on stage, Lili St. Anne. Fagan has always been into music, but the idea of creating it herself was intimidating. It wasn’t until she was 20 years old and living alone in France that she began to obsessively write her own songs. The drama school she was attending at the time was highly competitive and exhausting. By the time she graduated, all she wanted to do was write and perform music. Several years and a couple of different bands later, Fagan is on the verge of releasing her debut album as Lili St. Anne.

We talk with three participants in the Chico music event "Small Town Big Sound III" which showcases local songwriter/performers, backing them up with an impressive 18-piece orchestra at Sierra Nevada Brewery's Big Room. We also talk with instructors from Chico's Blue Oak School which engages kids by using the arts to teach core subjects like math and language skills.

Most Californians know little of California's experience during the Civil War. Author Richard Hurley delved into the home front activities during the nation's bloodiest war, and chronicles the adventures of the brave men who fought far from home. This week join Nancy for a conversation with the author of California and the Civil War.

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With our new series Since You Asked, we're turning to YOU. What have you always wondered about the North State? What questions do you have about this place we call home?

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There’s still time to head up the road for a late-summer adventure. Plan a trip with help from this new map of California destinations featured by Kim Weir on her show Up the Road on NSPR.

On Cultivating Place, we speak with people passionate about plants, gardens, and natural history. We explore what gardens mean to us and how they speak to us.

Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities.

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