National / International News

VIDEO: Church holding women bishops vote

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:53
Members of the Church of England's ruling body, the General Synod, are preparing for a vote on whether to create female bishops.

VIDEO: Serkis on chanelling his 'inner Ape'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:49
Andy Serkis talks about what inspires him to create voices for the characters he plays in some of Hollywood's biggest films

AUDIO: Author Mitchell tweets new story

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:49
The novelist David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, has started tweeting a short story.

AUDIO: Dispute over Hirst wallpaper artwork

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:47
Artist Damien Hirst has refused to allow one of his early works, painted directly on to wallpaper in a house in London, to be sold.

VIDEO: Baroness quits child abuse inquiry chair

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:45
James Landale on Baroness Butler-Sloss' decision to stand down as chair of an inquiry into child abuse cases.

Ofcom resolves Politics Show case

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:39
BBC Two's Daily Politics Show is cleared by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom after a Conservative MP swore during a live edition.

VIDEO: US marines test new robotic mule

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:35
US marines have tested a new robotic mule at the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise in Hawaii.

VIDEO: Close up with the Raspberry Pi B+

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:33
An overview of the new technical features of the Rapsberry Pi B+ computer.

Political novice wins Slovenia poll

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:31
A centre-left political novice, Miro Cerar, wins a snap election in Slovenia and questions EU privatisation targets for his country.

VIDEO: Tulisa arrives at court for drugs trial

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:30
Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos arrives at Southwark Crown Court where she is to stand trial accused of being concerned with the supply of Class A drugs.

Day in pictures: 14 July 2014

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:25
24 hours of news photos: 14 July

VIDEO: Malala: Boko Haram 'misusing Islam'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:25
The young Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai has said that Boko Haram is 'misusing the name of Islam' by saying that girls should not have an education.

VIDEO: PM: '£1.1bn 'will keep Britain safe'

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:23
The prime minister has announced £1.1bn will be spent on defence - including £800m on a surveillance package.

VIDEO: High demand delays new plane delivery

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:19
Airbus has announced a revamp of its popular A330 passenger jet on the opening day of the Farnborough Airshow.

Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:18

One week after violence broke out between Israel and militants in Gaza, the Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.

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Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

NPR News - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:17

A big national study of Head Start programs shows that focusing on preschoolers' social and emotional skills can help them better engage in learning.

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Police search for remains in garden

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:16
Police search for human remains in a north London garden after receiving a tip-off about 30-year-old allegations of a burial there.

'Export ban' for German arms maker

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:15
Germany issues an export ban for arms maker SIG Sauer after its guns are found to have been sold to the Colombian police without the required licence.

VIDEO: Meet Ukraine soldier on patrol

BBC - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:12
Ukrainian forces have set up checkpoints on a line between territory controlled by the Ukrainian authorities, and that controlled by pro-Russian separatists. Vitaly is a Ukrainian soldier on patrol in the Donetsk region.

What brings people to cities with unhappy residents?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-07-14 04:00

Happiness happens where it's warm. According to a new study by Harvard Professor of economics, Ed Glaeser, Southern cities like Charlottsville, Virginia, Lafayette, Louisiana, and Naples, Florida, are among the happiest in the country.

"Though Rochester, Minnesota, also ranks way up there on our list," Glaeser says.

Then there are the glass half-empty metropoli. Glaeser notes that some cities in the Rust Belt, like South Bend, Indiana, and Erie and Scranton, Pennsylvania, have had high levels of self-reported unhappiness as far back as the 1940's. In their boom years at least, he says workers there were paid high wages, but no longer. Today he notes, for some workers in the Rust Belt the payoff comes in the form of cheap housing. But city residents aren't driven entirely by happiness, says Glaeser.

"They’re willing to take other compensations for being a little less happy," he says.

New York also registers as an unhappy city. Glaeser says some workers there trade high salaries for happiness.

Kelly Goldsmith, a professor of marketing at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, says when it comes to making decisions, we're just no good at making happiness a priority.

"You say to yourself, all right, I’ve got this job offer from Goldman Sachs. I know I’m going to be working like 16 hours day. I know I’m never going to see my kids and I know when I visited there and when I talked to the people that worked there – they said they were miserable. But what do we tell ourselves? We say, that’s not going to happen to me," she says. 

But Goldsmith notes, we’re not idiots – we’re optimists, even if there's no real hope to cling to.

"We’re naïve in that we think that we’re strong enough to overcome situational detriments to our happiness," she says.

Cassie Mogilner, a professor of marketing at Wharton, says residents of different cities might report happiness differently.

“I'm actually from California, where the norm is to talk about the wonderful things of one’s life and to rose color everything including their own well-being and happiness,” she says.

And she notes, the conclusion that people are being financially compensated by lower housing costs, or by being paid to live in in unhappy places, could be an over reach. It's possible, says Mogilner, that there's another way to think about factors like choosing a higher paying job, or a lower mortage, which could provide the ability to raise a family.

"These are things people are choosing in order to be happy, not instead of being happy."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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