National / International News

VIDEO: David Mitchell on The Bone Clocks

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:51
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell discusses his new novel The Bone Clocks on BBC Breakfast.

UK activist's Thailand trial begins

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:48
A UK activist who campaigns for better labour conditions goes on trial in Thailand charged with criminal defamation.

Targeting Al-Shabab Leadership, U.S. Launches Airstrikes In Somalia

NPR News - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:48

The Pentagon said it was still "assessing the results of the operation." Local Somali officials said the U.S. airstrikes hit near a meeting of the al-Qaida affiliated group.

» E-Mail This

Watford appoint Garcia as new boss

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:47
Watford name former Brighton boss Oscar Garcia as their new head coach following the resignation of Beppe Sannino.

A cloud of uncertainty

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:40
How were leaked celebrity photos obtained?

UK construction growth surges

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:36
The construction sector expanded at its fastest pace for seven months in August, despite supply shortages holding back growth, a survey suggests.

Clacton by-election set for October

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:26
The Clacton by-election, triggered by Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP, is to be held on 9 October, the Conservative Party says.

VIDEO: Volcano continues fiery lava eruption

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:25
A dramatic lava eruption that began early on Sunday near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has continued into Monday.

VIDEO: Owners reunited with cliff rescue dog

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:25
The owners of Sprig the springer spaniel, who went missing more than a week ago and was found on a cliff ledge, have now been reunited with him.

Ecuador volcano increases activity

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:23
A massive ash cloud is rising from the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador as it shows increased activity with a series of explosions on Monday.

Does limiting the power of appliances save energy?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:20
The EU is considering limiting the power of hairdryers but will this really cut energy consumption?

Thieving monkey hands out money

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:20
A monkey in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh steals money from a home and rains down banknotes on people, reports say.

Has the rise of the e-reader changed how we read?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:00

All this week, Marketplace Tech is taking a closer look at technology and the ways in which it influences how we read.

Already, Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson has spoken with Marketplace's LearningCurve reporter Adriene Hill on how tablets are being used in schools as education tools, and author Jason Boog about his new book, "Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age." 

But how has technology changed the way adults read? Well, as you might expect, the answer is complicated. 

Click the media player above to hear Marketplace Morning Report guest host David Gura in conversation with Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson.

How Facebook helps advertisers target ads in India

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:00

The social media giant Facebook has well over 100 million users in India, a nation that could overtake the U.S. as the top Facebook market as early as next year.

To capitalize in emerging countries like India, Facebook is now providing advertisers with data on cell reception and connection. The information helps match ads to user technology. For example, Coca Cola could send a video ad to people in cities with 4G LTE, or turn it into a text ad for people in rural areas where connections are spotty and data networks are limited.

It’s a way to help advertisers better reach the population they’re addressing, says Anne Nelson, who specializes in international media development at Columbia University.

This is important because most users in places like India are on pay-as-you-go data plans, says Nathan Eagle, the CEO of Jana, a mobile marketing platform.

“Advertising for most people in these emerging markets ultimately is taking money out of their pockets,” he says.

With over a billion potential Facebook users in India, that's probably not the best way to make a first impression.

 

The benefits of developing an Ebola vaccine

Marketplace - American Public Media - Tue, 2014-09-02 02:00

This week, the National Institutes of Health begins testing an Ebola vaccine in humans. Given the need to quickly stem the deadly outbreak in West Africa, global health officials hope to push a vaccine to market.

While there's currently a market for an Ebola vaccine, it’s small, and Ebola isn’t a disease that keeps popping up year-after-year. 

“It’s not all about economics,” says Dr. Carlos Del Rio, chair of the Department of Global Health at Emory University. He says developing the vaccine is also about building good PR for a company. “There’s a value to that publicity, right?”

Right, says Kenneth Kaitin, director of the Center for Drug Development at Tufts University. But Kaitin says there is also the potential for a huge payoff, especially for smaller companies. 

Think of it as a pharmaceutical version of “Cap and Trade.”

“A program that the FDA put in place several years ago gives a priority review voucher to any company developing a product for a neglected or tropical disease,” says Kaitin.

Ebola is a perfect exampleThat pharma company can sell the voucher to another drug maker. The “golden ticket” gets the purchaser a fast track to federal regulators for any other drug in its portfolio.

One voucher recently sold for more than $67 million.  

VIDEO: Bill Turnbull's Scottish reporting roots

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 01:42
It is just two weeks until Scotland's referendum on independence, but it is not the first time a vote has been held on the nation's constitutional future.

Coahuila approves same-sex marriage

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 01:42
Congress in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila legalises same-sex marriage and adoption by gay couples, despite opposition by conservatives.

Glasgow bus gate fines top £800,000

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 01:34
A controversial new restriction on cars in Glasgow earns the city council at least £800,000 in just two months.

Survivor singer Jamison dies aged 63

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 01:31
Jimi Jamison, the lead singer for US rock band Survivor, who sang and co-wrote the theme tune for hit TV series Baywatch, dies aged 63.

Have some football clubs overpaid for players?

BBC - Tue, 2014-09-02 01:31
Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?
ON THE AIR

KBBI is Powered by Active Listeners like You

As we celebrate 35 years of broadcasting, we look ahead to technology improvements and the changing landscape of public radio.

Support the voices, music, information, and ideas that add so much to your life.Thank you for supporting your local public radio station.

FOLLOW US

Drupal theme by pixeljets.com ver.1.4