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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

NPR News - 20 hours 38 min ago

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Why Do We Love Football So Much? Theater Tackles Tough Questions

NPR News - 20 hours 38 min ago

A play based on interviews with former NFL players, their families and fans digs deep: What's so fun about a sport that devastates bodies and brains? And what if it can't be made safer?

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Efforts To Free Japanese ISIS Captive 'Deadlocked'

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 23:38

A top Japanese diplomat says indirect negotiations to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock."

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In Qatar, Released Taliban Member Raises U.S. Concerns

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 17:16

There are new suspicions that one of the men released from a U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl last year might be trying to contact Taliban fighters.

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MARKETPLACE #WATERLOG PICTURE CONTEST

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 16:12

MARKETPLACE #WATERLOG PICTURE CONTEST  

NO CONTRIBUTION OR PURCHASE IS NECESSARY -- MAKING A CONTRIBUTION WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THIS CONTEST  

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST: No contribution or purchase is necessary. To enter: a) become a follower of marketplaceapm on Instagram.com if you haven't already, then b) post your water photo tagging marketplaceapm and include the hashtag: #Waterlog. 

Examples of “water photos” include, but are not limited to, bodies of water, water in daily life (glasses of water), and interpretations of water.  

Entries must be posted during one of the following four time periods (each, an "Entry Period"):  

  • 12:01 pm PT Friday January 30, 2015 and 12:01 pm PT Friday February 6, 2015
  • 12:01 pm PT Friday February 6, 2015 and 12:01 pm PT Friday February 13, 2015
  • 12:01 pm PT Friday February 13, 2015 and 12:01 pm PT Friday February 20, 2015
  • 12:01 pm PT Friday February 20, 2015 and 12:01 pm PT Friday February 27, 2015

Image must publicly viewable. Every eligible entry will be included in the Contest.  

No limit on the number of entries.  Each entry may be entered multiple times in multiple entry periods.  

ELIGIBILITY: Open only to legal residents of any one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at time of entry. THIS CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE UNITED STATES ONLY. DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST UNLESS YOU ARE LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.  

The following persons are not eligible for the Contest:  

  • Persons are employees of Sponsor or its related organizations, including Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media ("Employees').
  • Persons who were employees of Sponsor or its related organizations (including MPR | APM) at any time during the eight (8) months prior to the start of the Contest ('Former Employees").
  • Immediate family, and persons living in the same household as the Employee or Former Employee, and
  • Other persons described in the entry instructions for this Contest.  

Void where prohibited by law.  

IMAGES: To be considered for the Contest, an image submitted as part of the Entry must meet all of the following requirements:  

1) The image must be the original work of the Entrant or by someone acting on behalf of the Entrant, and the Entrant must own all rights to the image. 

2) The image may not depict a minor, violence, nudity, or any other any other subject matter that Sponsor, in its sole discretion, deems inappropriate.  

Any Image that does not meet such image requirements may be disqualified at the sole discretion of Sponsor.  

Sponsor reserves the right to reuse or republish an Entry photo, or to withhold it from publication. By submitting an image, the Entrant is donating it to the Sponsor. There is no direct paid or unpaid compensation for images. The Entrant may be identified in a credited byline on any published images. Sponsor may use the Entry photo in any way, including but not limited to, uses in conjunction with Sponsor's social media sites, The Current web site, or other Sponsor-related web sites, and the image may be retained for future use of any kind.  

PRIZE: One (1) Prize Winner will receive one (1) Marketplace water bottle during each Entry Period, for a total of four (4) Prize Winners for the Contest. Retail Value: $15.00/prize  

Winners are responsible for any costs associated with using the prize. Prize is nontransferable, is not good for cash, and cannot be exchanged for other merchandise. Winner will receive delivery of the prize as arranged by Sponsor.  

SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS: Sponsor may display or publish Entries on Sponsor's website or social media feed; however, any such use of an Entry does not indicate the Entrant will be selected as a Winner.  

Within two (2) hours after the close of each Entry Period, Sponsor will identify the top three (3) entries with the most “likes” on Instagram for that Entry Period.   One (1) Winner and two (2) runners-up will be selected based on “like” counts. Winner will be contacted by Sponsor via direct message and must reply by email within the response time period specified.  

If Sponsor is unable to reach winner or if winner is unable to accept the prize within the response time period specified on the online entry form, then the unawarded prize will go to the first available runner up thereof until the prize is awarded. The rules detailing contest eligibility and method of selecting winners are on file at Sponsor's offices. The chances of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries.  

INTERNET AND USE OF TECHNOLOGY: If for any reason this Contest is not capable of running as planned due to an infection by a computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, the Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the Entry process. The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, Entries. The Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or telephone lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or Entry to be received by the Sponsor due to technical problems, human error or traffic congestion on the Internet or at the Website, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participating in this Contest or downloading any materials in this Contest. SPONSOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INCOMPATIBILITY OF ENTRANT'S HARDWARE, SOFTWARE OR BROWSER TECHNOLOGY WITH SPONSOR'S HARDWARE, SOFTWARE OR BROWSER TECHNOLOGY. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, THE SPONSOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES OR OTHERREMEDIES FROM ANY SUCH PERSON(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ATTEMPT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. In the event of a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a Winner based on an email address or Twitter account, the winning Entry will be declared made by the "Authorized Account Holder" of the email address or Twitter account at time of Entry. "Authorized Account Holder" is defined as the natural person 18 years of age or older who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, education institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. Sponsor may ask any Entrant or potential Winner to provide Sponsor with proof that such party is the authorized account holder of the email account associated with the Entry.  

Sponsor is not responsible for computer system, phone line, technical, hardware, software or program failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmission or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Use of automated devices is not valid for Entry. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate Entry information, whether caused by Internet users or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this Contest or by any technical or human error which may occur in the processing of the Entries in this Contest. Incomplete, unreadable, inaccurate, unintelligible or late Entries or Entries which otherwise do not comply with these Official Rules will be disqualified. All Entries, upon submission, become the sole property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned and the Sponsor has the right to dispose of the Entries at Sponsor's discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to, in its sole discretion, cancel, modify or suspend the online portion of this Contest (or the entire Contest) should any computer virus, bugs or other technical difficulty or other causes beyond the control of the Sponsor corrupt the administration, security or proper play of the Contest, at which time, the selection of the Winners will be determined in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received at the time of Contest termination.  

GENERAL: By participating in this Contest, participants agree to be bound by the Official Rules and that Sponsor and related organizations, their agents and employees have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind which result from use of the prize, or by participation in the contest. Sponsor or its related organizations may use winner's name and likeness for advertising, fundraising, promotional or publicity purposes without further compensation. Expenses as a result of winning this prize, including taxes, are the sole responsibility of the winner.  

RESTRICTIONS: By participating in this Contest, a participant agrees to be bound by these Official Rules, and by all decisions of the Sponsor.  

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An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 15:33

Citing archery's historic methods, a Danish archer has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds. Lars Andersen argues for speed and agility, in addition to accuracy.

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Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Coverup

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 14:19

In an exclusive interview with NPR, Foreign Minister Hector Timerman says he met Iranian officials as part of the effort to find out who was behind the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center.

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Measles Is A Killer: It Took 100,000 Lives Worldwide Last Year

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:55

The uproar over the U.S. outbreak glosses over a bigger problem: Measles takes a tragic toll in poor countries. But a vaccine can effectively stop this deadly — and highly contagious — disease.

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TurboTax tries to recover from price-hike stumble

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:34

As if paying your taxes isn't penance enough.

TurboTax seems to have made a stumble – a big one. The tax preparation and filing software company raised its prices, but users didn’t realize it until they tried to file their taxes. TurboTax deluxe users weren’t able to file forms like schedules C,D and E unless they paid more for an upgrade. They're making their displeasure known, and the company is scrambling to redeem itself.

“We feel like they’re almost taking us for a ride, by saying 'We have your information. We’re not going to give it to you unless you pay us more money,'" says Jonah Berger, a marketing professor at the Wharton School and author of "Contagious: Why Things Catch On.

For some TurboTax customers, it's as if the Sopranos were preparing their 1040-EZs. 

But Berger notes the problem isn't just about the money.

"This is an issue of expectations. Consumers expected one thing. They thought they were getting a full product, with paying a certain price ,and they were actually only getting a piece of it,” he says.

Luckily for TurboTax, the company has a strong reputation, says Brannon Cashion, global president of Addison Whitney, a brand strategy consulting firm.

"A lot of times people reference online tax preparation or electronic tax preparation as TurboTax," he says. "They’ve got a really strong brand." 

Scott Galloway, a marketing professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, says what TurboTax does now is more important than the mistake it just made.

“The biggest PR crises in history haven’t been a function of what happened but how the company reacted,” he says.

When a company messes up, three things need to happen, Galloway says.

"The first is to acknowledge the issue, to basically admit that you made a mistake," he says. "The second is to have the top guy or gal make that admission – so to get the CEO front and center. And the third is to overcorrect. To offer consumers a better deal than they originally had. Those are the only three things you need to remember, and they are consistently ignored."

TurboTax didn’t respond to a request for a comment. But Galloway says the company is on track to a full recovery. Its CEO has posted an apology on his LinkedIn page and on YouTube, and the company is offering a $25 refund to consumers who paid to upgrade.

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:30

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.

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Treasure those Roman numerals while you can

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:22

Sunday is Super Bowl XLIX. 

That's 49 ... in the numerology the NFL has followed since 1971 and Super Bowl V.

But next year, the rules go out the window.

As we told you when the announcement was made in summer, Super Bowl 50 will officially be Super Bowl 50 ... not Super Bowl L.

"L" all by itself just wasn't pleasing to the eye, the league says.

 

The Real Super Sunday Battle Is In The Snack Bowl

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:17

The competition over what Americans consume during the Super Bowl has gotten vicious. The nation's top merchants of virtuous and not-so-virtuous munching both want control of the line of scrimmage.

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Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Turns To Voters To Approve Tax Increase

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:09

Some states are experiencing major budget deficits and several Republican governors are opting to increase taxes to make up for the shortfall. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks to Robert Siegel

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Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 13:04

The span to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

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Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:59

Earlier this week, we hosted a Twitter chat that tackled questions about diversity in public radio and the pressure some journalists of color feel to sound "white."

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There's no such thing as nacho cheese

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:55

Bloomberg Businessweek associate editor Venessa Wong was reporting a story on the launch of Old El Paso’s new nacho cheese-flavored taco shells. The marketers bragged about their "big, bold, cheese taste," but when she pressed harder on how, exactly, it tasted, their answer smelled.

“I couldn’t get a straight answer,” she says.

That’s when she began her investigation. What truly is nacho cheese? First she asked the manager of Cheese Education Training at the Wisconsin Marketing Board, “and she tells me, ‘there really is not a nacho cheese, per se,’” Wong says.

She then inquired at the International Food Dairy Association, which told her: “‘There’s no standard definition of nacho cheese.’”

Wong’s sources were failing her. That’s when she researched the history of cheese. She found a 2002 article in the San Antonio Express-News  that said a man named Ignacio Anaya, whose nickname was "Nacho," created it in 1943. His main ingredient? “‘Wisconsin cheese, the round one,’” Wong says.

Old El Paso gave Wong a more philosophical answer. “‘It’s really based on what consumers are used to, and what they believe nacho flavoring is,’” she reports.

Something to mull over on Super Bowl Sunday.

The best, most straight-forward cheese sauce recipe we could find.

Source: Smells Like Home, Illustration by Kelsey Fowler/Marketplace

Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:53

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.

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'Suge' Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:39

The former rap music mogul, Marion "Suge" Knight has been arrested again — this time, on suspicion of murder. Knight allegedly ran over two people, killing one, on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton.

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Seahawk Marshawn Lynch's Silence Becomes The Story

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:39

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has made clear he doesn't like talking to the media. But has his stance helped or hurt his Beast Mode image?

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By Impersonating Her Mom, A Comedian Grows Closer To Her

NPR News - Fri, 2015-01-30 12:39

Human relationships are entanglements, and those connections often aren't clear to us at all. When Maria Bamford impersonated her mom, she realized what she loved about her — and about herself.

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