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Father John Misty, song and dance man

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:43

Musicians play a lot of shows and festivals, and these festival gigs often come with contracts.

One common contract is called a "radius clause." A radius clause, in essence, gives the promoter a form of territorial exclusivity, making sure that the performer does not book concerts with competing promoters and venues in nearby areas, which can undermine ticket sales for their main event.

Father John Misty, also known as Josh Tillman, is the former drummer for Fleet Foxes. Tillman has toured on most major festival circuits and knows these clauses well.

"I ended up having to play a way smaller, basically unprofitable album release show because of a radius clause," he says.

"I Love You, Honeybear," his second full-length solo release since leaving Fleet Foxes in 2012, is out Feb. 10 on Sub Pop Records.

Gillespie confirms England talks

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:38
Jason Gillespie holds two positive meetings with director of cricket Andrew Strauss over the England head coach vacancy.

ISIS Affiliate Claims Responsibility For Suicide Attack In Saudi Arabia

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:32

The bombing of a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people. The claim of responsibility is a first for the extremist group involving an attack inside the kingdom.

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Your Wallet: The first thing you ever bought

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:26

On the next episode of Marketplace Weekend, we're looking at your money across the years.

We want to know: what's the first thing you ever saved up to buy?

Send us your memories of your first purchases, and how much they cost. 

Write to us here, visit the Marketplace Facebook page, or tweet us, we're @MarketplaceWKND

The art of keeping — or spoiling — a TV secret

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2015-05-22 10:11

We've all been there: you fall behind on a TV show, or you're late to catch on to a new streaming series. Someone mentions a plot twist, a character death... maybe you just checked Twitter in the three hours between the time a finale airs on the east and west coasts. Suddenly, it's ruined. Your experience has been spoiled.

In a time of media overload, it's hard to avoid spoilers. It can be equally hard to avoid spoiling things for someone else. It's enough of a cultural phenomenon that there are apps and plug-ins created to help people avoid leaks. Google even has a patent for a spoiler prevention tool.

But spoilers aren't always an accident. People are searching for them. According to Google Trends, searches for "Mad Men" spoilers spike every season:

The same holds true for long running shows, like "The Bachelor":

So maybe we don't hate spoilers as much as we claim? Researchers at the University of California San Diego found that people actually like spoilers — they ask people to read short summaries of stories and then read the real thing, and the results showed greater enjoyment of a story when one already knows the ending.

Still, networks and production companies guard secrets and spoilers about their shows ferociously. The secrecy surrounding the scripts for shows like Breaking Bad and Mad Men is notorious, and in the world of reality television, the effort is even more acute.

No one demonstrates this more clearly than Kris Jenner, who has proven herself to be an incredibly adept manager of her family members' personal lives and connection to the media. as Bruce Jenner began transitioning to live as a woman, the Jenner/Kardashian family focused on preserving every possible exclusive story: Bruce's exclusive ABC interview with Diane Sawyer contained almost no Kardashian commentary — they were saving it for their own special episodes about Bruce to air on E!. And the "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" episodes related to Bruce's transition don't give away many details about the future — that'll be exclusive to Bruce's upcoming documentary.

ABC and other reality shows use the same anti-spoiler tactics employed by the Kardashians to keep the winners of shows like "The Bachelo" a secret, even as bloggers and fans scan social media and tabloids for clues as to what happened in shows that taped months earlier.

While the economic impact of spoilers on scripted or reality shows isn't quite clear — do people end up not watching? do spoilers actually generate more publicity? — it is clear that there's still a premium on preserving the exclusive, for both producers and consumers of content.

Holt fooled by Dyche impersonator

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:54
That feeling of being wanted again scuppers Wigan striker Grant Holt as he falls for a fake Sean Dyche schoolboy prank.

NZ batsmen punish profligate England

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:46
New Zealand dominate England's bowlers to move into a strong position after two days of the first Test at Lord's.

Yellen: US rates may rise this year

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:39
The chair of the US Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, says she expects the central bank to begin raising interest rates "at some point this year".

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

NPR News - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:32

A new study suggests that canis familiaris split from wolves much earlier than the 11,000 to 16,000 years ago that was long assumed.

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VIDEO: Opera House light show wows visitors

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:14
The Sydney Opera House has been used as a backdrop for a spectacular light show as part of the Vivid Sydney festival.

VIDEO: Blasting through to 'new' Wookey cave

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 09:09
Work has begun to open up "spectacular" new caverns at Wookey Hole Caves which, managers claim, have been seen by fewer people than have walked on the moon.

Netherlands backs veil ban plans

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:58
The Dutch cabinet backs plans for a partial ban on wearing face-covering Islamic veils in certain public places.

McIlroy misses cut at Wentworth

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:51
World number one Rory McIlroy misses the cut in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after a second round of 78.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:41
Why did Nasa take advice from Tom Cruise?

First set of Clinton emails released

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:39
State Department releases hundreds of emails - many relating to the attack in Benghazi, Libya - from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email account.

Van Gaal 'believes' De Gea will stay

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:34
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal "believes" goalkeeper David De Gea will stay at the club next season.

Is the campaign against Islamic State flawed?

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:34
As Islamic State fighters push further across Syria and Iraq, the BBC's security correspondent Frank Gardner asks whether the US-led coalition campaign against the jihadists is flawed.

VIDEO: The view from One World Trade Center

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:20
The observatory of New York's One World Trade Center, which was built on the site of the twin towers destroyed in the 9/11 attacks, opens for visitors this month.

VIDEO: Balls: Politics 'a brutal business'

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:06
The former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls speaks exclusively to BBC News about "his loss" in the general election, about Labour, his wife Yvette Cooper and Strictly.

SDLP support welfare petition

BBC - Fri, 2015-05-22 08:05
SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell says his party will not be bounced into an artificial deadline regarding welfare reform.

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