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#NPRReads: Two Views Of Kids And Parents, And Clinton's 'Mook Mafia'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 10:16

Our list of the best reads highlights a gripping story of parents' grief, a take on Stephen Curry's bringing his daughter to a news conference, and more.

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VIDEO: Artists on stage for BBC Music Day

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 10:09
Thousands of musicians and singers have been performing across the UK as part of the BBC's first Music Day.

Tech IRL: Online Communities

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-05 10:07

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. 

Giving 'Long-Shots' — Sanders and Others — A Fair Shot

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 10:03

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders worry that the media is writing off their candidate too soon.

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Living at risk in Baltimore

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-06-05 09:53

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. 

Everton sign Cleverley from Man Utd

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 09:53
Everton announce the signing of Tom Cleverley from Manchester United on 1 July in a five-year deal.

Why Wal-Mart's Labor Issues Run Deeper Than Too Much Justin Bieber

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 09:41

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.

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Boston Bomber's Second Friend Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 09:27

Azamat Tazhayakov was convicted conspiracy and obstruction after he and another friend got rid of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's backpack.

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Behind The Story: What Made NPR Look Into Red Cross Efforts In Haiti?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 09:14

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?

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VIDEO: Failings at mental health trust

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:59
A BBC investigation finds new concerns that vulnerable patients are at risk of suicide because of a lack of care at a mental health trust.

Qualify wins Oaks as 50-1 outsider

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:43
The 50-1 outsider Qualify claims a surprise victory in an incident-packed Oaks at Epsom.

Why Political Campaigns Are Raising Money Faster Than Tech Startups

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:39

Snapchat and Facebook's early fundraising efforts have nothing on presidential campaigns, a new report finds.

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Tariq Aziz, Saddam's Foreign Minister, Dies At 79

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:31

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.

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California Women Can Soon Go Right To The Pharmacist For Birth Control

NPR News - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:23

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.

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Jail term over Boston bomb cover-up

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:20
A friend of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison for obstructing the police investigation.

Concerns over mental health trust

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:17
A whistle-blower at a failing mental health trust - the first in England ever to be placed in special measures - says staff are still firefighting to keep patients safe.

45 mile-traffic ahead of 1D concert

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:15
Stop-start traffic is reported for 45 miles on the M4 as thousands of music fans head to Cardiff for One Direction and Manic Street Preachers concerts.

Performers take part in BBC Music Day

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:13
Hundreds of performers are taking part in BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of sound culminating in a concert at Glasgow's City Halls and Manic Street Preachers playing a show in Wales.

How time passes differently as you get older

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:12
How time passes differently as you get older

US warns victims of 'Chinese' hack

BBC - Fri, 2015-06-05 08:00
Four million US government employees are being told to take precautions after having personal information stolen, in a hack blamed on China.

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