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They've been supporting the men for years. But for the first time, the American Outlaws — a growing and influential U.S. soccer fan group — will cheer for the women's national team at a World Cup.
The deal would make the combined company a major rival to Comcast Corp. Comcast last month abandoned its own bid for Time Warner following concerns raised by the Justice Department.
The president called Arlington National Cemetery "more than a final resting place for fallen heroes." It is, he said, "a reflection of America itself."
When Shahrouz Varshabi was about 17 years old, he was accepted to a college outside of his hometown in Iran.
This was good news for Varshabi, but it also meant a financial strain for his parents.
“I was feeling so bad about the situation because I was coming from a sort of poor family, and I didn’t want to have pressure on my father’s shoulders,” Varshabi says.
When Varshabi couldn’t find a job in the city where his new school was located, he decided to get entrepreneurial and make one for himself. Varshabi was studying graphic design, and he noticed a common problem he and his fellow students were encountering: a lack of high-quality printers for their projects.
“The price of the printer is like the same as one month’s rent,” Varshabi says. “I paid my rent to buy a printer actually.”
But his risk paid off and, before long, Varshabi had an abundance of student customers for his printing business. "My parents was like, 'Hey you doing all right, you need money?' And I was like 'I don't really need money. If you want money, I can help you, actually,' " he says.
As Varshabi will tell you, it was his entrepreneurial success in Iran that gave him the confidence to pursue other career goals.
“… I started from zero, and I made so much money that I paid my tuition, my rent and I bought a car, I had some savings,” Varshabi says. “So it just gave me so much confidence to do whatever I want to do for myself. I know that there’s no limits now.”
During the course of writing his book, “Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of American Whiskey,” Reid Mitenbuler learned a lot about “America’s native spirit,” as it’s known.
According to Mitenbuler — contrary to what you might assume from looking at bottle labels — today’s bourbons aren’t all made by bearded men wearing overalls.
“By the year 2000 you have eight companies, 13 plants, and they make about 99 percent of all the whiskey in America,” Mitebuler says.
Today, even with what Mitenbuler calls a craft distillery boom, smaller distillers only make about five percent of the bourbon in America.
But Mitenbuler says bourbon made by a big company isn’t necessarily bad bourbon.
“This is, for me, where the story really began, because those corporations, they actually do a very good job,” says Mitenbuler. “And they’re sort of an outlier in the food world and a lot of the popular conceptions we have about food where small is best.”
So, as a bourbon expert, what’s Mitenbuler’s advice for bourbon novices?
"It doesn’t have to be expensive to be good. Older isn’t necessarily better. It really kind of finds its sweet spot in the middle somewhere, where it's accessible, affordable and easy to find,” Mitenbuler says.
To hear Reid Mitenbuler take Marketplace’s Adriene Hill through a bourbon tasting (and to hear a couple of his recommendations) click play on the Soundcloud player below.