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It's 'Etsy,' Kenyan Style: Making Art Out Of Flip-Flops And Bottle Tops

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:52

This summer, Kenyan artists came to Washington, D.C., for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Some of them make their living by turning trash into sculptures, jewelry and igloos.

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Suicide Attempt Survivors Seek A Voice In Helping Others At Risk

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:38

People who have survived a suicide attempt often have trouble finding a place to talk about suicide risk or a way to help others. So they are going public with their experiences.

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LeBron James Will Return To The Cleveland Cavaliers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:33

The NBA star will play for the Cavaliers next season. He opted out of his contract with the Heat after spending four seasons in Miami.

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Avoiding The Border: Is This Obama's Hurricane Katrina?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:18

The president says he's working on addressing the surge of unauthorized border crossings into the U.S. But is his decision to not visit the border an epic mistake? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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With Brazil Out Of The World Cup, Was The Price Tag Worth It?

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:18

Host Michel Martin learns more about what's happening at the World Cup, both on and off the field, in the days leading up to the final match on Sunday.

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Kurds Seize 2 Oil Fields Amid Rising Tensions With Iraqi Government

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 08:15

The Kurdish political bloc also suspended all participation in the government. The moves further imperil Iraq's already tenuous unity.

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PODCAST: Making money off Instagram

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:59

Economist Chris Low discusses interest rates with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio.

Big brands are adding social media to their advertising budgets, often placing ads directly with individuals who've built large followings on sites like Instagram, YouTube, and Vine. But how do companies and these influencers hook up

Fly Like An Eagle: Site Picks The Best Aerial Drone Photos

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:41

An eagle soars above a park in Indonesia. A waterfall in Mexico is seen from high above. Those are two of the best images taken by aerial drones, according to an online contest.

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Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:33

The secretary of state has been meeting with the candidates, as well as outgoing leader Hamid Karzai, in an effort to broker a deal.

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What's it worth to be in on the joke?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:24

How much is it worth to you to be in on a joke?

Nothing? $10? How about $40,000?

We’ve been contemplating that this week because, of course, of the remarkable story of what has to be the world’s most expensive potato salad

Short version: Guy makes a kickstarter to make potato salad, puts it on internet, it goes viral, and explodes in a hail of dollars.

What is it about things like this that makes us want to buy in?

New York Magazine’s blog The Science of Us wrote about the transitive property of internet humor - that these moments of virality bind us together in some type of hypermodern experiential campfire. I think that’s true, in part. But they also hit a sweet spot between cynicism (the modern world has ruined everything) and joy (we can contribute to something silly and whimsical). There is originality and connection in the world and we’re constantly discovering new ways to find it.

In our brunch segment this week on Marketplace Weekend, our contributor Jessica Pressler reminded me of the New York bus monitor whose video bullying by students went viral. That incident tapped into our altruistic financial impulses and she received some $700,000 in donations via Indiegogo.

Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I have this hope (stoked by our other bruncher, Joe Weisenthal), that someone will go looking for the potato salad, and stumble onto other Kickstarters. Maybe fund a classroom computer. Someone’s medical treatment. Food for a shelter. A pet rescue. Something else that binds us together when we are otherwise fragmented, pixilated, and far apart. 

A Surge In Concierges

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:11

Forget the self-help movement. The new way is to ask for help — and to consult a concierge.

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Weekly Wrap: The most interesting man at the Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:07

Felix Salmon from Fusion and Jo Ling Kent from Fox Business sat down with Kai Ryssdal to recap the big events from this past week.

A major Portuguese bank is in trouble and while Kent believes the “U.S. market doesn’t seem to mind,” Salmon would argue, “ a big bank failure is always a problem.”

Plus, with dueling speakers at the Federal Reserve, Salmon believes we should listen to Ktochelekova. Why? Because: “he’s by far the most interesting guy,” at the Federal Reserve.

Listen to their full conversation in the audio player above.

Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:01

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.

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