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Go Figure: The week in numbers

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:10
The week's big numbers visualised.

Outrage Over Government's Animal Experiments Leads To USDA Review

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:07

Lawmakers also introduced a bill to strengthen laws protecting farm animals used in research. Both moves come out of a New York Times investigation of animal suffering at a federal research center.

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Donations Roll In For Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles To Work

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:06

More than $300,000 has been raised in less than a week for James Robertson, who had to commute to his factory job by foot.

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Tech IRL: When hacking does good at Google

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:06

The word "cheating" typically carries a negative connotation, but there is a such thing as "good" cheating. Guest host Lisa Desjardins speaks with Parisa Tabriz, hacker and security manager for Google, about hacking to do good.

Listen to the full interview in the player above.

Tech IRL: When hacking does good

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:06

The word cheating typically carries a negative connotation, but there is a such thing as good cheating. Lisa Desjardins talked to Parisa Tabriz, hacker and security manager for Google, about hacking to do good.

Listen to the full interview in the player above.

Berahino has 'been on naughty chair'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:05
West Brom manager Tony Pulis says Saido Berahino was wrong to make comments about his future in a television interview.

Singer cleared of second sex charge

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:05
Folk-rock musician Roy Harper is cleared of indecently assaulting an 11-year-old girl in the 1970s.

Europe's war with big US tech firms

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:04
Why Europe is protecting itself from big US tech firms

Britain advance to Fed Cup play-off

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:04
Great Britain recover from the brink of elimination to defeat Ukraine and top their group in Fed Cup qualifying.

Watchdog threatens East Coast probe

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:02
Competition watchdog orders Stagecoach and Virgin to take action on overlapping routes.

VIDEO: Buses run on despite Ukraine 'booms'

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:01
James Reynolds reports from Donetsk, as the French and German leaders are due to meet Russia's President Putin to try to halt an escalating offensive by pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:01
Why cats love hiding in cardboard boxes, and more news nuggets

Slovakia to vote on gay rights curbs

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:00
Slovakia is set to hold a referendum on restrictions on gay rights and the adoption of children by same-sex couples.

2 nods, 1 category: Alexandre Desplat on scoring big

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:00

Saying Alexandre Desplat is a busy man is one heck of an understatement.

The French composer has 158 film scoring credits to his name, and he has become Hollywood's go-go guy for soundtracks. Last year alone he composed scores for “Godzilla,” “The Monuments Men,” “Unbroken,” “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” Those last two earned Desplat his seventh and eighth Oscar nominations.

Desplat’s success is not due to talent alone. He also has a reputation as someone who can deliver on tight deadlines, often scoring a film in less than three weeks. He says the ticking clock can make for some sleepless nights and nervous mornings.

Our work is really related to a deadline, always, because there is a release date and you can’t deliver the music too late. So every morning you think, ‘Hmm, will I find what I’m seeking this morning?’ And it takes a few years before you’re strong enough to be able to get over this fear. But after a while your brain is used to pressure. You have to write some music every day, and that’s become a discipline. You throw a bucket in the well and you bring the water out. There’s no other way. You have to do it.

Desplat has worked with many directors — Wes Anderson, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Stephen Frears, Kathryn Bigelow and Nora Ephron, to name a few — and says even though his name is on the scores of the films he works on, the process is a truly collaborative one.

I sit down with the director in my studio, I play piano, I make little electronic demos with the orchestration already laid out, and we discuss. We try to picture what the movie is calling for and what the director is aiming for. I’m here to collaborate. I’m not here to create my own piece of music.

Desplat has yet to win an Oscar. With double the chances, will this be his year or is he destined to be the Susan Lucci of the scoring world? Desplat doesn’t seem too hung up on it one way or the other.

 You do movies because you love movies and you write music because you love writing music, and sometimes there’s this magic combination. The vibration of the music is so strong that when people hear it and they watch the film, they want to nominate you. But there’s no guarantee and that shouldn’t be the goal ever. The goal is to make a great piece of music that will serve the movie and can stand alone at the same time. That’s the only way I can think about it.

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:58
A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week.

More Questions Emerge About Brian Williams' Comments

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:57

A pilot who partly backed the NBC anchor's account of being on a chopper that took fire is revising his story. Also, a newspaper is questioning what Williams said he saw during Hurricane Katrina.

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Brazil police kill 13 in shootout

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:46
At least 13 suspected bank robbers are killed in a shootout with police in the Brazilian city of Salvador.

Thailand's Military Moves Closer To China

NPR News - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:45

An agreement for stronger ties with Beijing comes after last year's coup in Thailand soured relations between Bangkok and Washington.

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Turkey in summit snub to Israel

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:27
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu withdraws from a security conference in Munich, after an Israeli delegation is invited.

Police 'threw' fans back into pens

BBC - Fri, 2015-02-06 07:19
Fans trying to escape the Hillsborough disaster were "thrown" back into pens by police officers, the inquests jury is told.