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What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:55
With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?

Pride And Prejudice: For Latinos, Tamales Can Taste Of Both

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:30

Tamales are a Christmas Eve tradition throughout Latin America, but there are hundreds of different versions. Whose is best? That's a question likely to elicit a fiercely partisan response.

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NHS to start era of DNA-medicine

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:27
The NHS will set up 11 centres to unlock the secrets of DNA and usher in a new era of medicine.

Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analyst

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:22

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service recently said it has more than 300 million users.

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VIDEO: Dalglish describes scenes of mayhem

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:12
The former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has given evidence at the inquests into the Hillsborough disaster.

At Last, I Meet My Microbes

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 10:00

At 31, a woman had the bacteria in her gut catalogued as part of scientific project that aims to characterize the creatures that live inside us and affect our health. Here's what she found out.

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Turkey issues warrant for Gulen

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:57
Turkey issues an arrest warrant for influential US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of organising an anti-government movement.

PODCAST: All eyes (still) on the Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:52

The Federal Reserve seems to be in no rush to raise interest rates, and they're watching oil just as much as the rest of us. Also, how do we frame the cyberattack on Sony? Is it the theft of information, like the attacks Home Depot and Target saw earlier this year, or is it a national security threat? As the FBI points to North Korea, we look at how hackers interpret the goings-on at Sony. Finally, there's no way Russia's oil-dependent economy could have predicted the dropping price of oil, but the country has built in some reserves to tide it over. We take look at that idea.

Hart signs new Man City deal

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:47
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has signed a new contract which will keep him at Etihad Stadium until 2019.

Shop at your favorite federal agency's gift shop

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:43

You don't have to go to Nordstrom, Target or Macy's to get your holiday shopping done this season. If you live in or near Washington D.C. there's a whole other retail world out there for you to explore: the world of federal agency gift shops. The FBI, CIA, and all the rest have their very own outlets. And they're definitely not your ordinary souvenir shops.

"The FBI had a pair of glow in the dark boxers that were really popular for a while," says Emily Wax-Thibodeaux from the Washington Post. "But they stopped making them, probably not for political reasons, but because of production."

But don’t worry, your tax dollars are not paying for this.

"Proceeds often go to employee associations, gyms, or for outings, morale boosters or they go to charities," says Wax-Thibodeaux.

How to parent in the digital age

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:34

Lizzie O'Leary spoke with famed voice over actor Bill Ratner about his new book "Parenting for the Digital Age."

If you grew up watching "GI Joe" cartoons Ratner voiced "Flint." For years, his voice on television helped market and sell toys to kids. He then created a program called TV Cartoon Scandals--Media Awareness for Children. This brought media awareness to kids in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

In "Parenting for the Digital Age" Ratner shares his own story of controlling media in his house. When his young daughter was glued to the television he decided to take action. He rewired his entertainment system and created a kill switch. This allowed him to turn off the television when he saw fit. Ratner also bans cells phones in his home at certain hours of the day.

When interviewing parents for the book Ratner came across two major concerns. The first issue was time, do kids have enough time to veg out and do other things? The second issue was who are these people creating the programming for children? They are strangers and have no idea what their values are.

Live: Obama's Year-End News Conference

NPR News - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:31

The president is expected to discuss issues ranging from normalization of relations with Cuba to the fight against the self-described Islamic State and his views on the Senate's "torture report."

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Vergne joins Ferrari as test driver

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:29
Ferrari hire former Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne to work on car development in their simulator.

Belarus moves to protect currency

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 09:03
Belarus's central bank moves to protect its currency by imposing a new tax, as it feels the knock-on effects of the fall in the Russian rouble.

Whips primed for election aftermath

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:58
It is beginning to dawn on MPs and peers quite how difficult it is likely to be to govern after the next election.

'Stephen Colbert' now belongs to the ages

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:48
Reflections on Stephen Colbert’s legacy

Quiz: Hiding that standardized test behind a cute acronym

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:44
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Algorithms: the language of love?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:35

On Marketplace Weekend this week, we looked at algorithms in business, tech, and all areas of our life.

The internet's most intimate algorithms may be found in online dating sites and apps. Sites like OkCupid, Match, eHarmony, Hinge, and Tindr all use different algorithms -- with varying degrees of complications -- to pair users. Match pairs matches by gauging how interested users are in similar people. OkCupid users weight questions that they consider to be most important to them in order to find others that they have a lot in common with. A elaborate series of set questions on eHarmony pairs couples. On Tindr, things are simple...just a picture, and an answer from potential daters: yes, or no? 

Online dating has become much more common and widely accepted in recent years. Attitudes are shifting, and something that was once a secret for many people has become a social activity -- it's not unheard of now to see someone using a dating app in public, at a bar, with friends, to find someone nearby that they may want to go out with. 

Christian Rudder, one of the founders of OkCupid and the author of Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One's Looking) joined Marketplace Weekend to explain the algorithms on his site, what happens when you tell an algorithm a lie, and how dating algorithms mimic pain old un-technical dating. 

Nigeria court backs prisoners' vote

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:31
A court in Nigeria rules that all prisoners should be able to vote, with general elections looming in February 2015.

10 things we didn't know last week

BBC - Fri, 2014-12-19 08:21
Tom Hanks uses the alias Harry Lauder, and more nuggets.