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The Other Chocolate Tries For Sweet Redemption

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Some say white chocolate has a bad reputation because of its history of poor quality ingredients. But aficionados say its mellow sweetness can bring out flavors that bitter dark chocolate smothers.

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With New Cardinals, Pope Aims To Widen Horizons Of Church Leadership

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

In a formal ceremony, 20 prelates became princes of the Catholic Church. The new cardinals mark a shift in the church under Pope Francis toward poor nations — and away from Europe.

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Fighting In Ukraine Appears Untouched By Peace Deals And Cease-Fires

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Fighting in eastern Ukraine has continued despite a peace deal and a cease-fire set to begin Sunday. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Courtney Weaver of the Financial Times from Donetsk.

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Pope Welcomes 20 New Cardinals

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Twenty Catholic prelates become princes of the church on Saturday. Many of them come from poor countries, reflecting the pope's focus on ministering to the impoverished.

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Embattled Oregon Governor Says He Will Resign

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber says he'll resign next week, just months after re-election. He had been under pressure to resign amid ethics investigations related to his fiancée's consulting work.

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Video Made The Internet Star: YouTube Turns 10

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

YouTube was registered as a domain name 10 years ago today, and yes, it's gone viral. NPR's Scott Simon looks back on a decade's worth of cat videos, politics, self-help and everything in between.

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Buried Boston Copes With Piles Of Snow

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

Boston has been buried under piles of snow this winter. The streets are covered and there's more snow on the way. Car Talk's Ray Magliozzi talks to NPR's Scott Simon about how the city is coping.

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Not Everyone Agrees On How To Tame Obama's Cyber 'Wild West'

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:12

President Obama wants to stop cyberattacks by getting companies and law enforcement to coordinate. He signed an executive order that could pave the way, but some in the business world are skeptical.

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Valentine's Day Has Another Side: Fighting For Freedoms For Women

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 03:03

The V-Day Movement aims to fight unfair laws that abuse and discriminate against women. In Malta, for example, a man can abduct a woman and get away with it if he marries her.

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How Long Is An Ebola Victim's Body Contagious? You Don't Want To Know

NPR News - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:03

New research confirms that even after a victim dies, viral cells on the corpse can infect others for as long as 7 days.

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From the Hills to the Valley

Marketplace - American Public Media - Sat, 2015-02-14 02:00

Next week, we are launching a new series! It’s called From the Hills to the Valley. And yes, that would be Hollywood and Silicon Valley, respectively.

In some ways, the two industries could not be more different. Hollywood was born and then flourished for over a century because of the technology of the movie screen. It still revolves around that screen. Silicon Valley happened decades later. It was the product of computing, and often emerged in garages in Palo Alto.

But, how different are venture capitalists investing in tech from heads of major hollywood studios? And how similar are artists making content for youtube to the stars who appear on big buck productions? Whatever the differences, they are growing. As Amazon and Netflix get deeper into the entertainment industry, and as Hollywood studios and Google trade accusations, the two industries seem at odds with each other now than ever before.

We are going to take a look at the tensions and parallels that exist in these two parts of California. Where does Hollywood meet Silicon Valley? And where do they diverge?

We have a great line-up of interviews, from YouTube star Hank Green talking about how he thrives outside of the traditional studio model to writer and actor, Issa Rae, on her transition from producing a web series to piloting a show on HBO.

And much more. The series begins on Monday with New York Times Magazine staff writer, Jenna Wortham, who talk about why the culture of technology resists Hollywood narratives.

Here's YouTube star Hank Green in a popular video about how to pronounce "gif":

And here's a video from Issa Rae, promoting her new book "The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl":

'Wall Street Journal': Apple Working On An Electric Car

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:57

Basing its story on unnamed Apple employees, the paper reported that Apple was gearing up to challenge Telsa in the electric car market.

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View-Master gets the 21st century upgrade

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:52

Listeners of a certain age will remember viewfinders, those binocular-like things you hold up and look through with the circular discs of slides that flip around.

Yeah, well, could you be more old fashioned?

Mattel and Google are coming out with an update, including virtual reality and augmented reality.

Also, there'll be a slot where you can slip your Android phone in when the thing debuts in the fall.

A mere $29.99, and its yours.

Gary Owens, 'Rowan And Martin's Laugh-In' Announcer, Dies

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 15:05

Owens, known for his baritone, parlayed his role on Laugh-In into a long career of voice-over work in more than a dozen movies and many TV shows. He was 80-years-old.

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Weekly roundup: In the media, some tough goodbyes

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:23

Here are some of the highlights from Marketplace this week, on air and online.

Fun Fact: The average American eats about 70 pounds of chicken a year. That's five times the amount we consumed in 1950. Meanwhile, the chickens Americans farm have nearly doubled in size.

12 crazy facts about chickens, and then some

Fun Fact: But the average American's consumption of eggs has fallen to 250 eggs a year.

Our per capita consumption of eggs has plunged from a high of 400 eggs a year in the 1940s. The decrease has been attributed to warnings about cholesterol. But fear not, egg lovers: It appears health officials are rethinking the whole cholesterol thing.

Dietary update: Cholesterol-rich foods aren't so bad

And finally, what a week it's been for media. 

On Wednesday, NBC announced it would suspend Brian Williams for six months as anchor of the Nightly News after he acknowledged making misleading statements about his experiences during the Iraq War. The scandal caused viewership of NBC's news broadcast to drop by some 36 percent. But NBC isn't the only network experiencing declines.

Changing fortunes of nightly news shows

Also on Wednesday, self-proclaimed fake news anchor Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving "The Daily Show" at some point in 2015. That's bad news not just for fans of Stewart but for parent company Viacom, which has ratings problems with a host of its programming.  

What Jon Stewart's departure means for Viacom

And, like many around the country, we're mourning the loss of  journalist David Carr, 58, who died Thursday in New York. He was was a media and culture columnist for The New York Times, and his wit was as grand as his heart.

Another major loss for journalism: Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died this week in a New York City car crash. He was 73.

Marketplace Tech spoke to Carr last year. Have a listen.

Ferguson story highlights Twitter's role as source

On Valentine's, saying "#LOVE" with candy hearts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:18

New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, has been producing candy sweethearts for more than 100 years. NECCO spends most of the year gearing up for Valentine's Day. Every year, the company sells about 2 billion candy hearts.

CEO Michael McGee took a break to talk to us about the so-called conversation hearts. 

"There's a lot of emotion – emotional heritage tied up in our product. These are traditions that are very much passed down," he says. "I clearly remember telling my first childhood crush how much I love them with a sweetheart."

McGee says the company stays relevant by keeping up with the jargon of the times. This year's box of sweethearts will have messages that include "TEXT ME," "#LOVE" and "BFF."

It's Valentine's Day... what candy are you buying?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-13 14:18

New England Confectionery Company, or NECCO, has been producing candy sweethearts for more than 100 years. NECCO spends most of the year gearing up for Valentine's Day. Every year, the company sells about 2 billion candy hearts.

CEO Michael McGee took a break to talk to us about the so-called conversation hearts. 

"There's a lot of emotion – emotional heritage tied up in our product. These are traditions that are very much passed down," he says. "I clearly remember telling my first childhood crush how much I love them with a sweetheart."

McGee says the company stays relevant by keeping up with the jargon of the times. This year's box of sweethearts will have messages that include: "TEXT ME," "#LOVE" and "BFF."

Déjà vu All Over Again: Northeast Braces For Another Blizzard

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:54

February has already become the snowiest on record for Boston, but this weekend's storm may bring up to a foot of more snow.

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Obama Calls UNC Murders 'Brutal And Outrageous'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:51

The president spoke a day after the Justice Department announced an investigation into the killings of three Muslim university students as a possible hate crime.

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Obama Calls For Better Response To Cybersecurity Threats

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-13 13:43

President Obama signed an executive order that aims to stem attacks by hackers. The order encourages companies to share information about cyber threats with each other and the federal government.

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