National / International News

The Brazilian who wants China to go west

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 16:27
Brazilian Hugo Barra wants to lead a charge of Chinese smartphones in his home country and beyond.

'Leap second' set to delay midnight

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 16:20
Midnight will come later tonight as for the first time in three years an extra second is added to the official time set by atomic clocks.

VIDEO: The US love of bespoke British suits

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 16:17
The US love of bespoke British tailoring

How one country came together after a terror attack

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 16:07
How Kuwaitis came together after terror attack

Pupil-premium impact 'will take time'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 16:00
Funding given to schools for poorer children has "potential", says the government spending watchdog, but will take time to achieve a real change.

Insurer attacked for Facebook tie-up

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:33
A health insurer is criticised for advising members to use a Facebook-owned activity tracker without making the social network's involvement more clear.

The animal that was the victim of its own power

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:28
How we destroyed the animal we most admired

My 25 years as a prostitute

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:23
How to survive 25 years of prostitution and start living

Marina jobs could cost £200,000 each

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:22
The business case for a key project to help "rejuvenate" Stranraer estimates the jobs it creates could come at a cost of about £200,000 each.

School closures decision overturned

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:21
A new panel set up to review proposed school closures overturns a decision by a Scottish council to shut schools in its area.

Why do African presidents love titles?

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:18
Why do African presidents insist on calling themselves doctors?

Apple aims for bigger bite of music market

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:11
Will Apple Music kill Spotify?

'A minute's defiance'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:10
Aftermath of Tunisia shootings continues to lead many papers, while the hot weather and Greek debt crisis also make headlines.

Conversations about mobility, live from Aspen

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:08

Monday's Marketplace was broadcast live from the Belly Up in Aspen, Colorado, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. We took a break from the usual Marketplace format for a series of conversations all around one theme: mobility and the economy.

Economic mobility (or lack thereof) in Greece (starts at 01:10)

First things first: we had to talk about Greece. The European Central Bank froze funding to Greek banks. As the latest deadline for the country looms over its creditors and citizens, tensions are understandably high.

Some business owners, like gourmet sandwich shop owner Nick Voglis, have voiced their concerns.

"They implemented capital control here in Athens, and people started getting a little worried," Voglis told our reporter. "They have panicked a little bit."

To help better understand the current situation, Kai Ryssdal spoke to David Leonhardt, managing editor for The Upshot from The New York Times.

Mobility in education (starts at 6:15)

Next up, Knewton CEO Jose Ferreira and Veniam CEO Robin Chase, who chatted with us about the intersection of technology and education. The ever growing number of technology platforms makes it easier for people to use data. As a consequence, this makes it easier for students all over the world to expand their opportunities.

The bottom line when it comes to education and technology: “Get on board, or get left behind.”

Mobile content (starts at 14:55)

Netflix has revolutionized the way television content is distributed and consumed. Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer, says that he doesn't care how people watch the content of the service, even if it means watching "Lawrence of Arabia" on an iPhone.

"We just want you to have the best experience possible," Sarandos says. "For some, that experience is defined by convenience and watching a movie on your iPad. Or it's defined by wanting to see it on your big TV in 4K."

Brand mobility (starts at 20:12)

Among the leaders and thinkers at the Aspen Ideas Festival were some unexpected guests. Entrepreneur and two-time world champion skier Chris Davenport talked with us about what it takes to change your brand when you’re an athlete.

First things first, why does anyone choose to hike up dangerous mountains and ski down them? Chris says, “because it’s there.”

As of now, Chris is an athlete. But someday he’ll have to make the transition away from that. Of course, whether it’s a physical risk or a reputation-based risk, being brand mobile can be tricky. Chris says one of the keys to keeping himself on the right track is that he “can’t be afraid to fail.”

He says, “I’m out there putting one foot in front of the other … always have to be willing and able to turn around and find another way.… In my business, there has to be another day, I can’t afford to risk it all.” 

VIDEO: The ashram where Beatles meditated

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:07
An abandoned ashram in the Indian town of Rishikesh has become a must-see stop for Beatles fans.

Sex case officer 'tipped off Church'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:07
A paedophile priest was able to flee the country after a police officer tipped off the Catholic Church in Birmingham about an inquiry, a sex abuse victim claims.

VIDEO: Power glove lets you carve stone

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:05
A young designer based in London has developed a hand tool that he hopes can change the way craftsmen and women work.

Bowel surgery death rate 'too high'

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:00
Too many patients are dying following emergency bowel surgery, experts who have done a comprehensive audit warn.

'Coasting schools' face tough targets

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 15:00
Hundreds of schools are being told to raise their exam results, under plans announced by the education secretary.

US resume military aid to Bahrain

BBC - Mon, 2015-06-29 14:58
The US says it will resume security assistance to Bahrain, despite criticism from some human rights groups.