National / International News

Going beyond GDP to measure economic health

Marketplace - American Public Media - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:14

When it comes to measuring the health of a country's economy, using the nation's Gross Domestic Product is often the barometer of choice. But as more dollars change hands, why aren't the outcomes always better?

There's a new listing of 132 countries out today that uses 54 different indicators that together measure how well a country is doing in giving its citizens good lives. It's called the Social Progress Index. Michael Green, CEO of the Social Progress Imperative, says that although GDP is important, it doesn't tell the whole story. He joins Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss the report. 

'Police snipers' shot Kiev activists

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:13
Ukraine's special police were behind the killings of dozens of anti-government protesters in Kiev in February, an initial government inquiry finds.

VIDEO: Queen's first meeting with Pope

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 08:03
The Queen has met Pope Francis for the first time - which BBC Rome correspondent Alan Johnston describes as "less formal" than previous meetings at the Vatican.

Give new rules more time - Alonso

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:55
Fernando Alonso says Formula 1 needs to give the new rules more time to settle down before making changes.

VIDEO: Swan song for the Mad Men

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:53
The cast of Mad Men celebrate the launch of the final series of the hit US television show, on the red carpet.

VIDEO: Fire destroys Brazil favela

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:45
Four people are injured in a huge fire which swept through a slum in eastern Sao Paulo on Wednesday.

Muslim school 'plot' probe 'glacial'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:38
An investigation into an alleged plot by Muslim hard-liners to seize control of several schools in Birmingham must report immediately, an MP says.

Top doctor backs 'garden gym' idea

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:32
One of the UK's top doctors says there is an accumulating body of evidence that highlights a link between urban green space and benefits to human wellbeing.

Court In Turkey Orders Twitter Service Restored

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:29

The social media site was blocked in the runup to last Sunday's local elections, but the ban was deemed a breach of free expression and ordered reversed.

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The New One wins Aintree Hurdle

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:27
The New One, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, wins the Aintree Hurdle on day one of the Grand National meeting.

BSkyB: Referendum 'for the people'

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:22
Satellite broadcaster BSkyB says it has no plans to change its business in Scotland, whatever the outcome of September's independence referendum.

'Hot' Oregon Blueberry Fight Prompts Farm Bill Changes

NPR News - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:15

A dispute between Beaver State blueberry farmers and workers spurred Congress to change an obscure provision in a 1938 labor law. Some fear it will delay pickers' paychecks.

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AUDIO: Does ethnic background affect grades?

BBC - Thu, 2014-04-03 07:08
White British children are being outperformed in key GCSE subjects by those who speak English as a second language.
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