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'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 12:30

How did a monument to the USS Maine, which sank in Havana Harbor in 1898, come to rest in Indiana? The answer tells a lot about the power and influence of veterans, years after war.

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In California, Technology Makes Droughtshaming Easier Than Ever

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 12:30

As California's drought continues, social media and smart phone apps let just about anyone call out water waste, often very publicly.

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UK and Russia to resume Syria talks

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 12:05
Senior British and Russian security advisers are to resume efforts to find a solution to the crisis in Syria, David Cameron and Vladimir Putin agree.

Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 12:03

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.

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Through Performance, Mississippi Students Honor Long-Forgotten Locals

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 12:03

Every year, a history teacher in Columbus, Miss., takes high schoolers to the local cemetery. There, they tell the stories of those who are buried, and learn more about their own place in the world.

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For Women's World Cup, U.S. Soccer Fans Kick It Up A Notch

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 11:59

They've been supporting the men for years. But for the first time, the American Outlaws — a growing and influential U.S. soccer fan group — will cheer for the women's national team at a World Cup.

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England repay goodwill of the fans

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 11:37
England should note how their positive cricket and cheaper tickets were enjoyed by a large crowd, says Jonathan Agnew.

Cook praises England 'team effort'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 11:21
Captain Alastair Cook said a team effort after a "rocky road" earned England victory in the first Test against New Zealand.

Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 11:05

The deal would make the combined company a major rival to Comcast Corp. Comcast last month abandoned its own bid for Time Warner following concerns raised by the Justice Department.

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VIDEO: Hundreds of homes destroyed in US floods

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 11:03
Devastating floods have hit southern and central parts of the United States, killing three people and forcing thousands to leave their homes.

Ancelotti sacked as Real manager

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:59
Carlo Ancelotti is sacked as Real Madrid manager after two seasons in charge of the Spanish giants.

Brazil, Schumacher & a big hangover

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:48
David Coulthard says Lewis Hamilton is tough enough to deal with the Monaco fiasco - and recalls his own disappointments.

Neil confident Norwich can compete

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:45
Manager Alex Neil says promoted Norwich have a "huge task" ahead but believes they can compete in the Premier League next season.

Guineans jailed over Ebola taxi body

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:24
Six Guineans are put into prison isolation and will face trial for violating the health emergency after moving the body of an Ebola victim in a taxi.

On Memorial Day, Obama Honors Sacrifices Of Service Members

NPR News - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:09

The president called Arlington National Cemetery "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself."

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O2 'investigating network problems'

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:03
Mobile phone provider O2 says it is looking into numerous reports on social media of problems with its network.

Triple murder suspect found dead

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 10:01
Detectives looking for a man suspected of killing his sister, his mother and her partner have discovered his body in a wooded area in Oxford.

My First Job: Printing Professional

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-25 09:55

When Shahrouz Varshabi was about 17 years old, he was accepted to a college outside of his hometown in Iran.

This was good news for Varshabi, but it also meant a financial strain for his parents.

“I was feeling so bad about the situation because I was coming from a sort of poor family, and I didn’t want to have pressure on my father’s shoulders,” Varshabi says.

 When Varshabi couldn’t find a job in the city where his new school was located, he decided to get entrepreneurial and make one for himself. Varshabi was studying graphic design, and he noticed a common problem he and his fellow students were encountering: a lack of high-quality printers for their projects.

“The price of the printer is like the same as one month’s rent,” Varshabi says. “I paid my rent to buy a printer actually.”

But his risk paid off and, before long, Varshabi had an abundance of student customers for his printing business. "My parents was like, 'Hey you doing all right, you need money?' And I was like 'I don't really need money. If you want money, I can help you, actually,' " he says.

 As Varshabi will tell you, it was his entrepreneurial success in Iran that gave him the confidence to pursue other career goals.   

 “… I started from zero, and I made so much money that I paid my tuition, my rent and I bought a car, I had some savings,” Varshabi says. “So it just gave me so much confidence to do whatever I want to do for myself. I know that there’s no limits now.” 

Murray cruises through Paris opener

BBC - Mon, 2015-05-25 09:43
Third seed Andy Murray easily beats Argentina's Facundo Arguello 6-3 6-3 6-1 in the first round of the French Open.

A shot of 'America's native spirit'

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-05-25 09:24

During the course of writing his book, “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of American Whiskey,” Reid Mitenbuler learned a lot about “America’s native spirit,” as it’s known.

According to Mitenbuler — contrary to what you might assume from looking at bottle labels — today’s bourbons aren’t all made by bearded men wearing overalls.

“By the year 2000 you have eight companies, 13 plants, and they make about 99 percent of all the whiskey in America,” Mitebuler says.

Today, even with what Mitenbuler calls a craft distillery boom, smaller distillers only make about five percent of the bourbon in America.

But Mitenbuler says bourbon made by a big company isn’t necessarily bad bourbon.

“This is, for me, where the story really began, because those corporations, they actually do a very good job,” says Mitenbuler. “And they’re sort of an outlier in the food world and a lot of the popular conceptions we have about food where small is best.”

So, as a bourbon expert, what’s Mitenbuler’s advice for bourbon novices?

"It doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. Older isn’t necessarily better. It really kind of finds its sweet spot in the middle somewhere, where it's accessible, affordable and easy to find,” Mitenbuler says.  

To hear Reid Mitenbuler take Marketplace’s Adriene Hill through a bourbon tasting (and to hear a couple of his recommendations) click play on the Soundcloud player below.