National / International News

Are there really 21 million slaves worldwide?

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:53
Are there really 21 million slaves worldwide?

VIDEO: 'We are worse off as economy recovers'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:39
As the British Chambers of Commerce predicts a growth in the economy this summer, the BBC's George Alagiah reports from West Lothian, Scotland, on the differing fortunes of the local community.

Child-killer mother found dead

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:35
An American woman who killed her three children in Edinburgh is found dead in a secure hospital in Nottinghamshire.

What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:34

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

» E-Mail This and the great newspaper experiment

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:21

Classified Ventures, a consortium of newspapers and media holding companies, is trying to sell for a cool $3 billion. started as an experiment by traditional media companies in the late 1990s who saw falling ad revenue from classifieds as people started using online sources for both buying items and doing research.

"That was the time we saw that move from print to online," says Bernard Swiecki of the Center for Automotive Research. "It was also when the online sources of information were gaining traction as reputable."

Because snatched a great web domain name, and because it came along at just the right time, it was able to grow into a major presence in online car research. It became profitable primarily because it was able to capture a very specific demographic: people who are interested in buying cars. Advertisers and car dealers are very interested in targeting that group, for obvious reasons.


As Health Law Takes Hold, Rate Of Uninsured Falls

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:21

More people reported being covered by insurance they purchased themselves or by Medicaid. The percentage who said they were covered by employer plans fell slightly.

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MoD shell 'misses target by miles'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:19
The Army suspends live firing on Salisbury Plain while it investigates why a shell apparently flew about five miles off course.

The business of bananas: Very big

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:12

Fyffes plc may not be a familiar name in to U.S. consumers, but it means "bananas" in Europe, and the company is the world's fourth-largest purveyor of the fruit.  

And despite the impending bananapocalypse, as discussed on our show last week, U.S.-based Chiquita Brands has purchased the company, creating a $4.6 billion empire (which also includes pineapples, melons, and other fruits).  

The companies say they expect to save $40 million by the end of 2016, a number that sounds low to Brett Hundley, a senior equity analyst who watches agribusiness for BB&T Capital Markets.  He thinks consolidation will give the new company more leverage with both suppliers and with supermarkets.

"It will provide them more power at the negotiating table each year," he says.

That's been a problem for companies like Chiquita in recent years, says Edward Evans, an economist at the Center for Tropical Agriculture at the University of Florida.  As supermarket firms consolidated, he says, "They were able to say, 'Well, we're going to pay you less for the bananas.'" 

Despite Diplomatic Tensions, U.S.-Russian Space Ties Persist

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:10

NASA needs Russian rockets to reach the International Space Station, and Russia needs NASA's money to help finance operations.

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Detained US immigrants refuse food

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 13:04
About 150 people are on the fourth day of a hunger strike at an immigration detention centre in the US state of Washington, officials say.

VIDEO: Cardinal says trafficking 'hidden'

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:57
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster, says he is hoping a major conference in Rome next month will lift the lid on the ''hidden'' problem of human trafficking.

SXSW: Software, Apps Still Rule But A Hardware Resurgence Is On

NPR News - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:57

Technology talk is often focused on software and programs that run inside our devices. But a "maker movement" is driving interest toward making the physical devices themselves.

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Missing flight threatens popular tourist route

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:50

Three days after Malaysian Airlines flight 370 went missing, investigators have made little progress. The flight had taken off from Kuala Lumpur and was headed to Beijing. More than half the 239 people aboard were Chinese.

Chinese, Vietnamese, and Malaysian crews continue their search for wreckage off of Vietnam's coast and families of Chinese passengers are becoming impatient. Fears are mounting that the plane – a Boeing 777 – was destroyed in an act of terrorism.

The fact that the flight's last radar signal came over the South China Sea complicates things. It was technically in Vietnamese airspace, but much of the South China Sea is disputed territory between Malaysia, Vietnam, China, and others. Editorials in China's state-run press openly wondered why it's taken Malaysia and Malaysian Airlines so long to find clues as to why this flight went missing.

In recent years, Malaysia and its neighbors have been a top tourist destination for Chinese travelers. A recent TripAdvisor survey showed half of the top 20 destinations for outboud Chinese travelers were in Southeast Asia.

The airport in Kuala Lumpur has seen a spike in tourists as a result.

"I think the impact on Malaysia Airlines will be most significant,” says Wei Changren, CEO of Jinlu tourism consulting. In fact, shares in Malaysia Airlines suffered a 16 percent decline on Monday.

"It will also affect Malaysia's tourism industry," says Changren. "Thanks to this incident, more Chinese tourists now believe security at Malaysian airports is pretty lax."

Close to 100 million Chinese now fly to foreign countries each year, a number that's risen by nearly 20 percent annually. And whatever the result of the investigation into Malaysia Airlines flight 370, analysts predict those numbers to keep rising.

Marketplace's most viral stories: February 2014

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:48
Thoughts, disclaimers, bad jokes, etc.: This is our rundown of Marketplace’s top stories on, Facebook, Twitter, reddit, LinkedIn, and Stitcher during February 2014.   Our story inside Netflix HQ when season two of House of Cards launched brought in the most traffic to our site, and did well on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Will HBO’s True Detective dominate web traffic for March 2014?  

Most viewed on These were our most visited stories in February 2014, even if the article was posted before the month. reddit brought most of the traffic to our interview with a retired football referee before the Super Bowl. Employees took a break from applying to jobs to read a story about applying to jobs.

1. What happens at Netflix when House of Cards goes live

2. You Hate My Job: Football referee (plus, a ref quiz!)

3. Your loyal employees are always looking for the next job. 

APM: Marketplace on Facebook:  Facebook posts are sorted by “total reach” on the Marketplace page, essentially the number of people who saw that post, because they like Marketplace on Facebook or saw the post through their friends. This list includes Facebook posts from February 2014. 

1. iPads in schools   (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by APM: Marketplace.

2. Innovators

(function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by APM: Marketplace.

3. Outdated checking
  (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); Post by APM: Marketplace.

Most traffic to from Facebook

What happens at Netflix when House of Cards goes live

@MarketplaceAPM on Twitter: Defining success on Twitter can mean a few things. Are you looking for which article was clicked the most? Most re-tweets? Best use of a cat GIF? There’s a couple of different categories that mean success:
Most clicked tweet  

@realjohngreen And on the Internet right here!:

— Marketplace (@MarketplaceAPM) February 18, 2014 Backstory: Author John Green recognized high-school friend Townsend Kyser, a catfish farmer in Greensboro, Alabama as a guest on the show.

Most retweets  

Protesters in Venezuela have added @Zello to their list of social media platforms.

— Marketplace (@MarketplaceAPM) February 25, 2014   Most traffic to from Twitter  

What happens at Netflix when HOUSE OF CARDS goes live:

— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) February 15, 2014 reddit: Articles on reddit are sorted by which stories received the most upvotes, basically reddit's equivalent to Facebook's likes.

1. NFL referee Bill Carollo received 200 angry phone calls to his unisted home number, had 15 death threats that resulted in arrests and even had to pull his kids out of school because of a controversial call in a championship game. Later it was found that he had made the right call. (Sports)

2. TIL the First Family pays for most of its living expenses in the White House, including groceries, toiletries and some staff. (Today I Learned)

3. EVE's "The Mittani" on NPR (Eve)

LinkedIn: Sorted by most traffic to from LinkedIn. Tech employers and employees make up a huge part of its audience, which comes through in the stories that did well.

1. What happens at Netflix when House of Cards goes live

2. Your loyal employees are always looking for the next job.

3. Silicon Galley? Seeking innovation off-shore

Stitcher: Stitcher is one of our most popular audio platforms that allows people to share and listen to individual audio segments.  It's really popular in the Bay Area, tech and health stories tend to do better on the site than other topics. 

1. Facebook buys WhatsApp messaging service for $19 billion

2. You won't listen to this audio, and you won't share it

3. CVS to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco, will miss $2B in sales per year

VIDEO: Dance theatre explores immigration

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:48
Border Tales, written by Luca Silvestrini, uses dance theatre to explore the issues of immigration.

VIDEO: Footballers give French lessons

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:47
Two Newcastle United footballers go back to school to give pupils lessons in French.

If Michael Scott ran an NGO

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:38

Hussein Kurji didn’t have to look far for inspiration for his latest project, "The Samaritans."

"I had heard a lot of stories from aid workers in and around Nairobi, and I thought they’d make for good television," he says. 

What he came up with was a “The Office”-style mockumentary that tackles nepotism, sexism, racism, and misplaced idealism.

Criticisms of non-governmental organizations aren’t new, and Kurji makes sure to acknowledge that many do excellent work in Nairobi, Kenya where he’s based.

“We decided to show the funnier side, the crazier side of NGO culture,” Kurji said.

He emphasizes the stories are exaggerated for comedic effect.  

"It is a work of fiction, but we weren’t naïve, we knew that there would be conversations around the topic."

For now, they’re using their website as their source of global distribution. They have already released the first two episodes of the series. Viewers can rent the show using PayPal.  Kurji says they hope to get distribution soon through Hulu or Netflix.

'Islam plot' school tribunal delayed

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:22
An employment tribunal involving a school linked to an alleged Islamist takeover plot is adjourned to allow authorities time to investigate.

How much aid Ukraine really needs

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:21

The Ukrainian economy is one big mess. The country has zero percent growth. Its currency is plummeting. Its credit rating is worse than Greece’s, and its black market economy is one of the biggest in the world, depriving the government of much-needed taxes. The government owes billions, including nearly $2 billion to Russia for fuel.

Bad leadership and corruption are at the root of Ukraine’s problems, says Anders Aslund, an economist at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and a former advisor to the country.

"President Victor Yanukovych had one aim for his economic policies – enriching himself as much as possible together with his family. He didn’t care much about the rest," Aslund says.

That corruption has scared off foreign investment in a country that has agriculture, steel, rocketry and even its own (under developed, critics say) natural gas resources. Ukrainian leaders say they need at least $35 billion to start fixing the mess they’re in.  


How astrology helps Indian business

BBC - Mon, 2014-03-10 12:17
Why astrology is still big business in India

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