National News

QUIZ: Which Of These State Fair Foods Are Faux?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:43

Combinations of batter, cheese, bacon and sugar at state fair food concessions seem to get more elaborate and outrageous every year. So we were inspired to put our state fair food sense to the test.

» E-Mail This

Latest Wrinkle In The Jobs Debate: Blame The Boomers

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:36

Half the drop in the labor force can be explained by retirements, a White House economic report concludes. And the other half of missing workers may yet be lured back, but only with better policies.

» E-Mail This

White House Urges Lawmakers To Address Popular Tax Dodge

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:24

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has signaled his intention to push for legislation shutting down "corporate inversions," techniques commonly used by companies to dodge the corporate income tax.

» E-Mail This

Some Airlines Say They Are Avoiding Ukrainian Airspace

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:24

After a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in Ukraine, several airlines have said they are now operating with caution in the area. The U.S. believes the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile.

» E-Mail This

U.S. Officials Believe That Malaysian Airliner Was Shot Down By Missile

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 13:09

U.S. officials are saying that the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in eastern Ukraine was shot down by a missile. Thomas Erdbrink of The New York Times explains.

» E-Mail This

The UN In Gaza: A Glimpse Of The Ground Invasion Firsthand

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:57

To learn more about the Israeli ground invasion in Gaza, Audie Cornish turns to Robert Turner, who's in Gaza City. Turner is director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

» E-Mail This

As Immigration Crisis Grows, A Protest Movement Gains Steam

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:41

Several hundred protests will begin Friday in cities across the country, as activists rail against the Obama administration's efforts to temporarily house migrant children detained at the border.

» E-Mail This

Israel Launches A Ground Campaign Against Hamas In Gaza

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:41

According to a statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Defense Force has been instructed to begin a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip.

» E-Mail This

Months From Water Crisis, Leaking W.Va. Tanks Are Demolished

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

As Dave Mistich of West Virginia Public Broadcasting reports, Freedom Industries is demolishing the site responsible for the leak that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians early in 2014.

» E-Mail This

Amid Roiled Landscape Of Border Politics, Obama's Plans May Change

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

The White House's request for more funds on immigration could get a congressional vote soon. Meanwhile, the border crisis is complicating Obama's plan to take unilateral action to ease deportations.

» E-Mail This

What Brought Down The Malaysian Airliner?

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

Shortly after news broke that a Malaysia Airlines flight crashed in eastern Ukraine, suspicions began to swirl that the plane had been shot down.

» E-Mail This

To Make A Spacecraft That Folds And Unfolds, Try Origami

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

The traditional Japanese art of folding paper is now adding grace and ease to the deployment of fragile solar panels, seismometers and other vital instruments in outer space.

» E-Mail This

Lawmakers Call For GM's Top Lawyer To Step Down

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

Delphi, the company that made the defective ignition switch in General Motors vehicles, has stayed out of the harsh glare in the recall scandal. But that changed Thursday, as Delphi's CEO joined GM CEO Mary Barra and GM's top lawyer for a grilling on Capitol Hill.

» E-Mail This

Senate Re-Authorizes Government's Role In Terrorism Insurance

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

The Senate has voted to reauthorize terrorism risk insurance, to help businesses stay solvent in the event of attacks. The bill faces a tougher road in the House, where some Republicans want to reduce the potential price tag for taxpayers.

» E-Mail This

Malaysian Airliner Crashes In Eastern Ukraine

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying nearly 300 people has crashed in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border. It's unclear why it crashed, but the Ukrainian president is calling for an investigation.

» E-Mail This

Microsoft Announces Largest Job Cut In Its History

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:27

Microsoft plans to eliminate as many as 18,000 jobs over the next year — about 14 percent of its global workforce. The cuts would be the largest in the company's history. Microsoft recently acquired Nokia's mobile phone business, which boosted its head count by 25,000 and most of the cuts will be in that area.

» E-Mail This

A Brief History Of Civilian Planes That Have Been Shot Down

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 12:04

It's rare, but commercial flights do come under fire. In fact, the Ukrainian army accidentally downed a Russian civilian plane with a missile during a military exercise in Crimea in 2001.

» E-Mail This

Israel Launches Ground Offensive In Gaza

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 11:49

Escalating its conflict with Hamas, Israel sent ground forces into Gaza on Thursday.

» E-Mail This

Streaming books on Amazon?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-07-17 11:44

Heads up e-book readers: if you were fast enough yesterday you may have seen that Amazon is preparing to launch an e-book subscription service. Maybe. A page on its website was put up, and then taken down again, very quickly. The service, called  “Kindle Unlimited,” would give subscribers access to 600,000 books for $10 a month. 

There’s nothing new about a book subscription service (remember Book of the Month club?), but Dan Cryan, Senior Director of Digital Media with IHS, points out that the subscription model has gotten popular again.

“There has a been a rush of subscription commerce items covering everything from dollar shave club, offering cheap razors, through to subscription underwear,” he says.

Scribd and Oyster, both e-book subscription services representing the interest in the digital book sector. Eric Stromberg, CEO and Co-Founder of Oyster, says since the company's launch last September, it has "continuously brought in more revenue from paying subscribers" than it's paid out each month.

But Cryan says it's unclear how well a subscription service can scale. "It's safe to say," he notes, "that neither Scribd nor Oyster, has set the world on fire." After all, while subscription services can work well, they're only practical for some products and some consumers.

“Certain products like diapers, there’s obviously a high quantity of demand needed on a very regular basis. For other goods it’s less clear that you need new items, quite so regularly,” says Cryan.

Scribd says its deals with publishers mostly make older titles available, but many readers want the newest ones. Jim Milliot, Editorial Director of Publishers Weekly, says that’s exactly why publishers are reluctant to give subscribers access to their newest releases.

“Instead of going out and buying the new John Grisham, maybe they would wait for it to come up as part of a subscription service," he says.

From the publisher's perspective, Milliot says, if customers are paying $9.99 "for the all-you-can-eat type of thing, instead of $15 for the new John Grisham, you’re losing out."

And there’s a plot twist.

"This doesn’t have anything to do with ebooks," says Michael Norris, an independent consultant to the media industry. “Everything a company like Amazon does has to do with making their close customers even closer.”

Norris notes that Amazon doesn’t have to sell books to stay alive. A subscription service just means another reason consumers would have to stick around its website – and hopefully spend more money.

A collection of items you told us you cannot live without (or at least have to have, once a month)

The Modern American Man, Charted

NPR News - Thu, 2014-07-17 10:54

By some measures, not much has changed for the American male in the past few decades — girls still do better in school and men still make more money. In other areas, the differences are profound.

» E-Mail This

ON THE AIR

KBBI is Powered by Active Listeners like You

As we celebrate 35 years of broadcasting, we look ahead to technology improvements and the changing landscape of public radio.

Support the voices, music, information, and ideas that add so much to your life.Thank you for supporting your local public radio station.

FOLLOW US

Drupal theme by pixeljets.com ver.1.4