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Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:03
The week's big numbers, visualised

VIDEO: Baby cut free from metal mop bucket

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:03
A 16-month-old had to be cut free from a metal mop bucket after getting herself stuck.

PODCAST: Making money off Instagram

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:59

Economist Chris Low discusses interest rates with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Big brands are adding social media to their advertising budgets, often placing ads directly with individuals who've built large followings on sites like Instagram, YouTube, and Vine. But how do companies and these influencers hook up

Robison defends Commonwealth uniform

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:56
Shona Robison urges people to get over their objections to Team Scotland's Commonwealth Games uniform and back the team.

Dad gets life for baby shaking death

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:53
A man is sentenced to life for murdering his four-month-old daughter while charges against the girl's mother are dismissed.

Motor racing on public roads plan

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:53
David Cameron says the government is to give local authorities the power to stage motor races on public roads.

Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:41

An eagle soars above a park in Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from high above. Those are two of the best images taken by aerial drones, according to an online contest.

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Ghana dismisses World Cup asylum bid

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:37
Ghana's government says it is "scandalised" after 200 Ghanaian World Cup fans ask for asylum in Brazil, saying they are fleeing religious conflict.

Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:33

The secretary of state has been meeting with the candidates, as well as outgoing leader Hamid Karzai, in an effort to broker a deal.

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VIDEO: Festival-goers at T in the Park

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:24
Scotland's biggest music festival, T in the Park, has kicked off at Balado in Kinross-shire.

What's it worth to be in on the joke?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:24

How much is it worth to you to be in on a joke?

Nothing? $10? How about $40,000?

We’ve been contemplating that this week because, of course, of the remarkable story of what has to be the world’s most expensive potato salad

Short version: Guy makes a kickstarter to make potato salad, puts it on internet, it goes viral, and explodes in a hail of dollars.

What is it about things like this that makes us want to buy in?

New York Magazine’s blog The Science of Us wrote about the transitive property of internet humor - that these moments of virality bind us together in some type of hypermodern experiential campfire. I think that’s true, in part. But they also hit a sweet spot between cynicism (the modern world has ruined everything) and joy (we can contribute to something silly and whimsical). There is originality and connection in the world and we’re constantly discovering new ways to find it.

In our brunch segment this week on Marketplace Weekend, our contributor Jessica Pressler reminded me of the New York bus monitor whose video bullying by students went viral. That incident tapped into our altruistic financial impulses and she received some $700,000 in donations via Indiegogo.

Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I have this hope (stoked by our other bruncher, Joe Weisenthal), that someone will go looking for the potato salad, and stumble onto other Kickstarters. Maybe fund a classroom computer. Someone’s medical treatment. Food for a shelter. A pet rescue. Something else that binds us together when we are otherwise fragmented, pixilated, and far apart. 

A Surge In Concierges

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:11

Forget the self-help movement. The new way is to ask for help — and to consult a concierge.

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Same sex dance ban plan sparks row

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:08
A proposal which could prevent same sex dance partners from competing against mixed sex couples causes a row in the world of ballroom dancing.

Weekly Wrap: The most interesting man at the Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:07

Felix Salmon from Fusion and Jo Ling Kent from Fox Business sat down with Kai Ryssdal to recap the big events from this past week.

A major Portuguese bank is in trouble and while Kent believes the “U.S. market doesn’t seem to mind,” Salmon would argue, “ a big bank failure is always a problem.”

Plus, with dueling speakers at the Federal Reserve, Salmon believes we should listen to Ktochelekova. Why? Because: “he’s by far the most interesting guy,” at the Federal Reserve.

Listen to their full conversation in the audio player above.

Who are Fifa ticket agents Match?

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:00
The firm at the centre of the World Cup ticket storm

More weight loss ops for diabetes

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:54
An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.

Dana brother 'said God forgave him'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:48
Dana's brother admitted abusing a girl for 12 years, but claimed "God had forgiven him" as he apologised to the girl's father, a court has been told.

Burberry investors reject boss's pay

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:37
Investors have delivered a blow to fashion house Burberry, by voting against the chief executive's pay package at the annual general meeting in London.

EU sanctions South Sudan commanders

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:35
The European Union imposes sanctions on a South Sudanese rebel leader and an army commander for breaking ceasefire agreements.

Seeking missing sons in Syria

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:32
The Belgians trying to win their sons back from Iraqi jihadists
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