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Ever heard of ASMR? It stands for audio sensory meridian response. First a few and then a lot of "vloggers," or video bloggers, create videos, like this one, to cater to the ASMR community:
Ilse, who goes by the name TheWaterwhispers, has had over 27 million views over the last three years, explains ASMR and her channel are "for people who enjoy calming voices (whispering, soft speaking), different sounds (tapping, scratching, crinkles ext), personal attention role plays (haircut, scalp massage ext), seeing some perform a simple task (doing the laundry cleaning different object ext) and much more!"
These videos are pretty popular in some groups. How popular? Popular enough to make money doing it? Lizzie O'Leary poses this question to Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson, who explains the business behind YouTube stars.
Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders worry that the media is writing off their candidate too soon.
Conversations about communities sometimes happen only in crisis.
This spring, reporters descended on Baltimore after Freddie Gray's death and the subsequent unrest. Some wrote and spoke only of the immediate events. Some spent time examining the legacies of poverty and unequal investment that exacerbated divides between different communities in the city.
Some, like our Noel King, followed the money, tracing the aftermath of a $100 million investment in the city in the 1990s.
When we were brainstorming our show about communities last week, we wanted to make sure we talked about Baltimore. Both because it's important to keep covering a story after a lot of your colleagues leave (Marketplace is particularly lucky to have a reporter, Amy Scott, who lives in Baltimore). And because the harder stories — important, incremental, complex — require hearing from the community directly.
So when I got the chance to interview Munir Bahar, we jumped at it.
Bahar is an accountant-turned-activist and leads two programs: COR Community and the 300 Men March. Both have significant reputations in Baltimore and work with at-risk communities. I wanted to talk with him about the aftermath of the protests and violence this spring, and the city's spiralling murder rate. A different kind of crisis.
I also wanted to talk with him about some pretty sobering numbers about growing up in Baltimore that come from some of the best research about economic mobility.
Economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren, who've done groundbreaking work on mobility, have stark numbers on Balitmore as laid out in a Washington Post piece.
What they translate to: every year a poor boy lives in Baltimore, his future earnings decline by 1.5 percent.
When I discussed those numbers with Bahar, he said he couldn't accept them, in part because every child he works with needs to be seen as having a chance. It's essential to his mission.
To me, motivating children, keeping them safe and encouraging them to succeed in their community ... well, that's exactly where the economy collides with real life.
Wal-Mart has said it will turn up the heat and turn down the Justin Bieber music at stores to appease employees. But it's not addressing the most glaring problems in its supply chain, activists say.
Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted conspiracy and obstruction after he and another friend got rid of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack.
The agency ran into problems in its response to Superstorm Sandy. Then came the Haiti earthquake. The Red Cross spent nearly half a billion. Our reporter wanted to find out: What did it accomplish?
Snapchat and Facebook's early fundraising efforts have nothing on presidential campaigns, a new report finds.
During the first Gulf War until U.S. troops toppled the Iraqi strongman in 2003, Aziz was the public face and defender of an often brutal regime.
Under a new law being implemented in California, women will be able to walk into a pharmacy, get a prescription for contraceptive pills, the ring, or the patch, and get it filled — all in one visit.