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PODCAST: FIFA sponsorship

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 03:00

First up, we'll talk about the New York Stock Exchange and its mid-day happy hour. Plus, we'll talk about what corporate sponsorship looks like in the wake of the arrests of several FIFA officials. 

Amid Corruption Scandal, FIFA Will Hold Presidential Election

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-29 02:52

The Swiss Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, who has been FIFA's chief since 1998, is expected to win despite the recent arrests of leading officials. The U.S., England and others said they won't support Blatter.

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Video: If you give a kid a laptop

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 02:06

As more schools hand more kids laptops and tablets all sorts of things can happen — many of them unexpected, many of them very expensive, and many of them pretty funny, too.

In this humorous, animated look inside the digital classroom, Marketplace explores the way a simple piece of technology can kick off a snowballing sequence of events for teachers, students, parents, IT departments and just about everyone else who has to get involved if you give a kid a laptop.


Produced by Preditorial:
Illustrated by Gesine Kratzner:
Script by: Adriene Hill
Narrated by: Kai Ryssdal
Director, Editor and Animator: Rick Kent
Producer: Mimi Kent

Silicon Tally: All of the Netflix

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 02:00

It's time for Silicon Tally! How well have you kept up with the week in tech news? 

This week, we're joined by Glenn Fleishman, tech journalist, co-host of the Macworld podcast and two time Jeopardy! Champion.

Click the media player above to hear host Ben Johnson take on Glenn Fleishman for this week's Silicon Tally.

Commercial drones' promise drives two new funds

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 02:00

On Wednesday,  DJI, a leading maker of drones for consumers, and Airware, a leading maker of software to power commercial drones, each launched their own drone-focused venture capital fund.

"We definitely did not coordinate," says Jonathan Downey, CEO of Airware and general partner of the Commercial Drone Fund. "So: Pretty significant coincidence." 

Data from CB Insights indicate that $172 million has been invested in drone-related companies in 2015 so far—as much as the previous five years combined. Lux Research analyst Maryanna Saenko credits big gains in sales of consumer drones, and also a regulatory framework that makes commercial drones look increasingly viable.



The above graph shows drone investment since 2010. Adding up total investments from 2010 to 2014, it's about $172 million. That's the same amount that has been invested so far in 2015.

CB Insights 


The world of "World of Warcraft" is shrinking

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-29 01:55

That's about how many homeless people are living in Los Angeles, up 12 percent over the past two years. Shelters aren't able to keep up, and more tent cities are cropping up in more public areas. We visited one man, new to the encampments, and looked at the state of homelessness in L.A., beyond Skid Row.


The average taxes collected per person nationwide last year, according to new census data. But as FiveThirtyEight breaks it down, there's huge variation between the states in how much they collect overall and where the lion's share of their tax revenue comes from.

$172 million

That's how much in venture capital has been raised specifically for drones in 2015 thus far. That's as much as the last five years combined. We take a closer look at what's behind the sudden outpouring of funding.

7.1 million

That's how many people subscribe to the massively multiplayer online game "World of Warcraft." At 11 years, it's had a remarkably long life for a video game, but the rise of smartphones means "Warcrack" isn't quite as addictive as it used to be. The game has lost millions of subscribers in the past few months.

5th term

With his opponent conceding on Friday, Joseph "Sepp" Blatter won his 5th term as president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. His re-election comes amid this week's scandal in the organization, as several officials were arrested for alleged federal corruption.


That's how many GOP presidential candidates and likely candidates attended the South Carolina Freedom Summit earlier this month. There was a lot of applause and also a lot of media scrums — the tight, chaotic gaggles of reporters that engulf candidates as they walk. It's a strange, oft-overlooked  indignity most political reporters have to deal with all the time, and Bloomberg examines it in "The ScrumZone."

New Jersey Lassa Fever Death Reveals Holes In Ebola Monitoring System

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 23:46

Back from a Liberia trip, the patient developed Ebola-like symptoms. One hospital sent him home. A few days later he ended up in an Ebola isolation ward and died. What went wrong?

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A Year Later, #WeNeedDiverseBooks Has Left Its Mark On BookCon

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 23:43

The Twitter campaign was born out of the controversy around the lack of diverse voices in the event's panels. This year, one organizer says, the first panel they booked was with that campaign.

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On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 23:42

The Marines are conducting a yearlong experiment aimed at settling whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat. The goal is to create gender-neutral physical standards.

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It All Came Down To 'Nunatak'

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 23:22

The Scripps National Spelling Bee had drama, excitement and a lot of really hard words.

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National Spelling Bee Crowns Co-Champs For Second Straight Year

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 18:31

Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar went back and forth so long the judges were running out of words. Told he needed one more correct spelling to forge a tie, Gokul needed nothing but the word.

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To Avoid Muhammad Ads, D.C. Subway System Forgoes Millions In Revenue

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 15:53

After activist Pamela Geller attempted to show ads depicting Muhammad in Washington trains and subway stations, the transit agency decided not to accept any issue-based ad for the rest of the year.

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Cholera Surges In Haiti As Rain Arrives Early

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:39

Cholera has been spreading in Haiti for over four years. But this year looks especially bleak. In the first four months, there were nearly four times the number of cases as in the same period in 2014.

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Cod Comeback: How The North Sea Fishery Bounced Back From The Brink

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 14:10

A decade ago, fishermen trying to catch North Sea cod were coming up empty. Now, thanks to strict fishing rules put in place to halt the decline, this fish tale looks headed for a happy ending.

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Former House Speaker Hastert Indicted In Probe Into $3.5M In Withdrawals

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:54

The Illinois Republican is accused of taking the money out in chunks of less than $10,000 to evade reporting requirements, and of lying to the FBI about it.

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For Juvenile Sex Offenders, State Registries Create Lifetime Of Problems

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:49

Federal laws require states to keep lists of convicted sex offenders, including juveniles. But recently, the practice of registering minors has come under scrutiny.

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Something's Spawning On Appalachia's Forest Farms

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:44

Agriculture experts say the forests of West Virginia are perfect for cultivating mushrooms. They're urging more people to farm shiitakes to meet demand at specialty food stores and restaurants.

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CDC Investigates Live Anthrax Shipments

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:32

The chief disease agency in the U.S. is looking into why the spores shipped to laboratories in nine states and a military base in South Korea hadn't been properly neutralized. So far no one is sick.

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Blind Auditions Could Give Employers A Better Hiring Sense

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:23

It works for singing competitions. What about landing a job? To beat hiring bias, some applicants could first complete an online challenge with companies that are in the dark about their background.

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FCC Chairman Wants To Help Low Income Americans Afford Broadband

NPR News - Thu, 2015-05-28 13:18

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes to reboot the Lifeline phone-access program. The plan recognizes that everyone needs to study, apply for jobs and make social connections online.

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