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Social media & social justice in the wake of Ferguson

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-28 14:04

If you've consumed media this week, listened, read or watched the news, no doubt you've followed the events in Ferguson, Missouri, where a grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The protests that followed that decision and rippled out across the country tell a story about how we consume and communicate the news today.

The Ferguson story was first told on social media, and those same social networks have been a powerful tool — both for sharing, and not sharing, information.

Zeynep Tufekci, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and a faculty associate at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society, joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about these contradictions. Click play above to hear our discussion.

Mexican TV Icon Roberto Gómez Bolaños Dies At 85

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-28 14:02

The actor, writer and director was a staple of Mexican television comedies and children's programs for decades.

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Iconic Mexican comic Chespirito dies

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 13:43
One of Latin America's most beloved comic actors, the Mexican Roberto Gomez Bolanos, or "Chespirito", dies at the age of 85.

Murdered couple had been stabbed

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 13:17
A couple found dead in their home in Surrey died from stab wounds, initial post-mortem test results reveal.

If we lose I don't sleep - Gatland

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 13:02
Wales head coach Warren Gatland says he has had sleepless nights after close defeats by major southern hemisphere teams.

VIDEO: Dozens die in Nigeria mosque attack

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 13:00
Many people have been killed in a gun and bomb attack during Friday prayers at one of the biggest mosques in the Nigerian city of Kano.

Gerrard CCTV row officer faces jail

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:59
A corrupt policewoman who seized CCTV of a street bust-up in order to try to blackmail Liverpool player Steven Gerrard faces jail.

After The Ferguson Decision, A Poem That Gives Name To The Hurt

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:51

This week, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown. Writer Syreeta McFadden turns to Audre Lorde's poetry to make sense of this decision.

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Diversity On 'The Walking Dead' Wasn't Always Handled Well

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:51

AMC's hit zombie drama The Walking Dead airs its midseason finale Sunday. It's now one of TV's most diverse shows, but critic Eric Deggans says it hasn't always served non-white characters well.

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Real Sociedad 3-0 Elche

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:35
David Moyes secures his first win as a manager in Spain as Real Sociedad comfortably beat struggling Elche.

Cardiff Blues 36-25 Treviso

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:21
Argentina back Joaquin Tuculet marks his Cardiff Blues debut with a try in the bonus point win over Treviso at the Arms Park.

How buckwheat sheds light on Russia's soul

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:17
The grain that tells you a lot about Russia's state of mind

The singing sailor of Oman

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:12
A young Omani who went to sea in the 1920s ended up recording a string of hit records that fuse Indian and Arabic musical styles.

Rice wins appeal against suspension

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:05
NFL running-back Ray Rice can play again after winning his appeal against an indefinite ban issued for hitting his wife.

Man injured by Dutch pop-up toilet

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 12:03
A man is injured after a pop-up toilet unexpectedly emerges from underground in the Dutch city of Amsterdam, throwing a stationary scooter onto him.

Euro bronze medals for Scots women

BBC - Fri, 2014-11-28 11:42
Scotland's women beat Denmark in the bronze medal game at the European Curling Championships.

Ray Rice Wins Appeal, Reinstated By NFL

NPR News - Fri, 2014-11-28 11:12

The former Baltimore Ravens running back had been suspended indefinitely after a video surfaced showing him hitting his then-fiancee.

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Time to think about saving for retirement again

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-28 11:00

The end of November doesn't just mean holiday shopping and leftover turkey. For people lucky enough to have jobs with benefits, it also means the end of open enrollment-- time for choices about health insurance, flexible-spending accounts, and how much they plan to invest for retirement in the coming year.

Let’s skip to the hard part: Saving for retirement. Many people have a nagging feeling that they haven't been doing enough. 

They're right, as indicated by the title of Andrew Eschtruth’s new book, written with colleagues at the Boston College Center for Retirement Research, "Falling Short: The Coming Retirement Crisis and What to Do About It.”  

People are living longer, so nest egg needs to last longer. Social Security and Medicare are both headed for shortfalls in the next 20 years — so it would be smart to think about benefit cuts as a risk factor. That leaves savings and pensions.

"Roughly half of current workers are not participating in any kind of employer-sponsored retirement plan at their current job," says Eschtruth.

The average household that’s approaching retirement, ages 55 to 64, has just $110,000 socked away in retirement accounts. He looks up what that would buy you if you bought an annuity — guaranteed monthly income.

The answer: $500 a month. That, plus Social Security, he says, "is all most people have."

And the lower your income, the lower your total savings tend to be — if any.

The Boston College Center for Retirement Research used 2013 figures from the Federal Reserve System's Survey of Consumer Finances to calculate average 401k savings for workers. 

Center for Retirement Research, Boston College

The Center estimates that more than half of everyone will fall significantly short of what they need to have a standard of living in retirement that’s like what they have now.

Andrew Biggs, with the American Enterprise Institute, does the math differently. He concludes that just a quarter of people will fall short. For instance, he says, young adults may have different, but not necessarily unwise, financial priorities — like paying for school.

And if keeping your standard of living is the yardstick, then he says people who are poor today have a different problem.

"Your problem is not that you’re not saving enough for retirement," he says. "Your problem is that you’re poor."

This is what happens when you don't shop for a year

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-28 11:00

What if you didn’t go shopping for an entire year? It would probably save you some money, time and space. Sarah Lazarovic went on a shopping diet and wrote a book of essays and illustrations called “A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy.” 

Lazarovic says the only secret to not shopping is just…well, not shopping. But she does have some tips.

Sarah Lazarovic’s six rules for better shopping:

1. Buy things that will last a long time: “Aim for seven years, hope for ten.”

2. Don’t get rid of something just because you bought another thing: “That said, if you never wear something, pass it on.”

3. Don’t purchase love-at-first-sight items: “Unless it’s the thing you’ve been searching for all your life and it is flying by on a speeding train, never to be seen again. Even then, don’t buy it."

4. Beware the door buster sale!: “Never buy anything just because it’s on sale.”

5. Before buying something new, check to see if you already have it in your closet: “If they are closer than a clog’s length apart, don’t buy the new thing.”

6. So, you’re a conscious consumer?: “It may be a fair-trade, organic leg warmer, but if your legs aren’t cold, it’s still a frivolous purchase.”

The fight for higher wages is strong on Black Friday

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-11-28 11:00

Black Friday may be known as one of the busiest shopping days, but it’s also one of the biggest protest days.

The fight for higher wages is going strong and is seeing positive results in a few states. But there's not much movement on a federal level.

Marketplace host Lizzie O’Leary talks to Marketplace’s Wealth and Poverty correspondent Krissy Clark to find out more.