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PODCAST: Is Netflix the new cable?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:52
Monday, April 21, 2014 - 09:23 Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, California.

Two things Netflix-related happened last week. One, Netflix released a trailer for the new season of Orange is the New Black. Two, we got more evidence that Netflix is the new cable.
Data in a new report show nearly 1 in 5 homes with a Netflix or Hulu subscription has no cable.

Once upon a time, we saw Japan as a massive exporter of things like cars, televisions and electronics. That was then. Today there's word Japan's trade deficit surged 70 percent over the last year. The BBC's economics correspondent Andrew Walker's been following this and joined us to discuss.

Meanwhile, a movie you may have never heard of has quietly made a fortune at the box office. The budget of the Christian indie film "God's Not Dead" was dirt cheap relative to other films atop the box office charts. The production budget was less than $3 million, but faith-based movies have a way of making good money using unconventional marketing, all while flying far below the mainstream radar.

 

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Parents Say 234 Girls Are Missing From School In Nigeria

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:42

Accounts have varied widely about what has happened to girls and young women presumed kidnapped by Islamist extremists. Authorities say 85 are unaccounted for. Families say the number is much higher.

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Lead Poisoning Nightmare In Nigeria May Be Easing

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:41

Four years ago, hundreds of children died, exposed to lead dust that was everywhere, created in a rush to process ore for gold. Nigeria is finding its own path to curb that dust — and save kids.

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Hunger Games: College Athletes Make Play For Collective Bargaining

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:37

The NCAA council approved new rules allowing student athletes unlimited snacks and meals after a star athlete complained about his hunger. But student advocates say they're still waiting to unionize.

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Rand Paul Bids To Loosen Democratic Hold On African-American Vote

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:35

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a top 2016 GOP presidential prospect, is stirring curiosity among black leaders for his outreach efforts and activism in reforming mandatory sentencing laws.

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Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-D.M.C?

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:21

The Library of Congress recently added 25 new recordings to its National Recording Registry, but none of them were hip-hop or rap songs. Did it miss a beat?

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Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:20

The recent Heartbleed bug may have prompted many people to change their passwords, but as the Huffington Post's Gerry Smith explains, hackers have been taking sensitive information hostage for years.

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Obama Seeks Wider Authority To Release Drug Offenders

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:20

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the administration expects to broaden criteria under which federal prisoners convicted of drug offenses can apply for pardons or reduced sentences.

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No Longer Marching Out To Work, More Mothers Stay Home

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:18

A growing number of American mothers are staying home to raise their children, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. Listeners share their own stories about making that choice.

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A 'Tennessee Promise' To Educate The State's College Students

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:17

Richard Rhoda of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission discusses a new program that will cover up to two years of community college tuition for all graduates of the state's high schools.

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President Obama Will Skip China, But Asia Trip Sends A Message

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:17

President Obama visits several Asian countries this week. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with business journalists Sudeep Reddy and Roben Farzad about what the trip could mean for the U.S. economy.

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America's Meb Keflezighi Wins An Emotional Boston Marathon

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:11

In the men's field, Keflezighi ended a 31-year drought for U.S. runners after pulling away from Wilson Chebet of Kenya late in the race.

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VIDEO: Leopard Attacks Residents In Central India

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 08:07

The big cat lunges at one man and chases panicked residents along rooftops in the Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

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Biden Visits Ukraine In Show Of U.S. Support

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 07:36

The vice president has arrived in Kiev amid increased tensions in the country's east between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists. He was expected to offer energy and economic aid.

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After Tragedy, Nepalese Sherpas May Refuse To Climb Everest

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 06:35

The deaths last week of at least 13 guides have led others to issue demands, including for more compensation for families of the dead. They're considering a boycott if the requests aren't granted.

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PODCAST: Is Netflix the new cable?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-04-21 06:23

Two things Netflix-related happened last week. One, Netflix released a trailer for the new season of Orange is the New Black. Two, we got more evidence that Netflix is the new cable.
Data in a new report show nearly 1 in 5 homes with a Netflix or Hulu subscription has no cable.

Once upon a time, we saw Japan as a massive exporter of things like cars, televisions and electronics. That was then. Today there's word Japan's trade deficit surged 70 percent over the last year. The BBC's economics correspondent Andrew Walker's been following this and joined us to discuss.

Meanwhile, a movie you may have never heard of has quietly made a fortune at the box office. The budget of the Christian indie film "God's Not Dead" was dirt cheap relative to other films atop the box office charts. The production budget was less than $3 million, but faith-based movies have a way of making good money using unconventional marketing, all while flying far below the mainstream radar.

 

Win Tin, Myanmar's Longest-Serving Political Prisoner, Dies

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 05:36

The former newspaper editor, who co-founded the National League for Democracy with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, spent 19 years in prison until his release in 2008. He died Monday of organ failure.

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Live Blog: The 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 05:29

The twin bombings of 2013 cast a long shadow on Monday's race. Still, a field of 36,000 is hitting the streets of Boston to participate in the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the world.

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Teen Survives Flight To Hawaii In Jet's Wheel Well, FBI Says

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 04:47

"Kid's lucky to be alive," an FBI spokesman says of a 16-year-old boy who authorities think stowed away Sunday in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui. The odds were against him.

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'Murder,' South Korean Leader Says Of Ferry Captain's Actions

NPR News - Mon, 2014-04-21 03:50

President Park Geun-hye says the captain did little to help the hundreds on board escape. More than 60 bodies have been recovered. More than 230 people, most of them high school students, are missing.

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