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Michigan escaped murderer captured

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:02
A multiple murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison is captured after a manhunt that ends in a car chase.

Yum plays down China bird flu fears

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 18:00
Yum Brands, the owner of fast food chains KFC and Pizza Hut, says that fresh concerns of bird flu in China have not impacted on its sales.

Tube strike: Walkout talks end

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:46
Talks intended to avert strikes on the London Underground end with no agreement.

What does it mean to be Scottish?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:34
What does it mean to be Scottish?

What it's like to be (well, voice) a Disney Princess

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:06

The Disney hit "Frozen" continues to rake in millions in ticket sales, this weekend coming back to the No. 2 spot in the box office rankings -- and not just in the U.S. 

The film's success has reached Taiwan*, where moviegoers can see the movie dubbed over in Mandarin. In the U.S., Kristen Bell plays the charming protaganist Princess Anna -- but in Taiwan, instead you'll hear the slightly accented voice of an American TV host named Janet Hsieh.

She's not a professional voiceover artist -- and she says this job was a special treat.

"Somebody from Disney called and said that they would love for us to be the voice of Anna," she says. "They thought that my personality was very similar to her. Our first reaction was, 'Are you sure you want me to do this in Chinese?'"

Hsieh is from Houston, and she laughs as she remembers worrying about her accent. She wrote out the entire script in romanization (pinyin) and worked with a voice coach, perfecting her pronunciation and timing her read to the animation on the screen.

The work was much different than hosting a TV show.

"Physically, you're just in the studio, and you're not speaking with anybody else," she says. "So you're acting with yourself and the microphone."

After the film came out, she was curious to know if her voice was recognizable, so she asked her Facebook friends. "They don't hear the accent. Once you get into the character, you don't hear Janet, per se. You see Princess Anna, and you think this is just a Mandarin-speaking Princess Anna."

Beyond her performance, "Frozen" might have an extra reason to be glad they cast Hsieh: Video sales.

"I'm seriously going to buy an entire truckful of Frozen DVDs to pass out to everybody and anybody who wants one."

*CORRECTION: The original version of this story incorrectly referred to a location where "Frozen" has had success. The movie has done well in Taiwan. The text and audio have been corrected.

What it's like to be (well, voice) a Disney Princess

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 17:06

The Disney hit "Frozen" continues to rake in millions in ticket sales, this weekend coming back to the No. 2 spot in the box office rankings -- and not just in the U.S. 

The film's success has reached Taiwan, where moviegoers can see the movie dubbed over in Mandarin. In the U.S., Kristen Bell plays the charming protaganist Princess Anna -- but in Taiwan, instead you'll hear the slightly accented voice of an American TV host named Janet Hsieh.

She's not a professional voiceover artist -- and she says this job was a special treat.

"Somebody from Disney called and said that they would love for us to be the voice of Anna," she says. "They thought that my personality was very similar to her. Our first reaction was, 'Are you sure you want me to do this in Chinese?'"

Hsieh is from Houston, and she laughs as she remembers worrying about her accent. She wrote out the entire script in romanization (pinyin) and worked with a voice coach, perfecting her pronunciation and timing her read to the animation on the screen.

The work was much different than hosting a TV show.

"Physically, you're just in the studio, and you're not speaking with anybody else," she says. "So you're acting with yourself and the microphone."

After the film came out, she was curious to know if her voice was recognizable, so she asked her Facebook friends. "They don't hear the accent. Once you get into the character, you don't hear Janet, per se. You see Princess Anna, and you think this is just a Mandarin-speaking Princess Anna."

Beyond her performance, "Frozen" might have an extra reason to be glad they cast Hsieh: Video sales.

"I'm seriously going to buy an entire truckful of Frozen DVDs to pass out to everybody and anybody who wants one."

Mourinho's tactical triumph stuns Man City

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:58
How Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho masterminded a famous victory over Manchester City

Guacamole wins!

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:52

It turns out Americans spend more than $1 billion dollars a year on Super Bowl snacks alone. Our friends over at Deadspin put together a March Madness style bracket to determine the best Super Bowl dip.

32 dips got voted down to a championship match of classic salsa vs. guacamole.

Congratulations to the winner, guacamole.

Remember that when you're shopping for your billion dollar spread next year, America.

 

 

Batteries on planes 'pose fire risk'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:38
The Civil Aviation Authority tells the BBC that the huge growth in people carrying lithium batteries on aircraft poses a growing fire risk.

Graduate job vacancies to 'rise 10%'

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:37
Employers predict a "substantial rise" in the number of graduate job vacancies this year, as confidence in Britain's economy grows.

The rise and rise of kimchi

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:35
Will we all soon be eating kimchi?

VIDEO: Warning over exploding batteries

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:33
The average passenger aircraft now carries dozens if not hundreds of electronic gadgets on board - but there are warnings that the lithium batteries found inside them could pose a serious threat to aircraft safety.

Nato leader sees power slipping away

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:24
Why Nato leader Rasmussen sees power slipping away

Emissions impossible: Did spies sink key climate deal?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:13
Did spies sink key climate deal?

VIDEO: The smart desk creating a stir

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:03
We live increasingly sedentary lifestyles, with more and more workers doing desk-bound jobs. So it is ever more important that people move around - even just a little.

The rare art of cheese-making in DR Congo

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 16:02
A cheese revolution in an unexpected place

How do you say 'Sochi'?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:59
The 2014 Winter Olympics are nearly upon us and the BBC Pronunciation Unit is set to prepare a dedicated list of pronunciations for coverage of the event.

Does English still borrow words from other languages?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:59
English language has "borrowed" words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking?

Is Facebook really losing members?

BBC - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:58
What does the next decade have in store?

Christie On Bridge Closure: 'The Answer Is Still The Same'

NPR News - Mon, 2014-02-03 15:43

The comments are Christie's first since the Jan. 9 news conference in which said he was "embarrassed and humiliated" that his aides punished the mayor of Fort Lee by closing lanes that lead to the George Washington Bridge. Christie reiterated that he knew nothing about the lane closures.

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