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Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:33

The secretary of state has been meeting with the candidates, as well as outgoing leader Hamid Karzai, in an effort to broker a deal.

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VIDEO: Festival-goers at T in the Park

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:24
Scotland's biggest music festival, T in the Park, has kicked off at Balado in Kinross-shire.

What's it worth to be in on the joke?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:24

How much is it worth to you to be in on a joke?

Nothing? $10? How about $40,000?

We’ve been contemplating that this week because, of course, of the remarkable story of what has to be the world’s most expensive potato salad

Short version: Guy makes a kickstarter to make potato salad, puts it on internet, it goes viral, and explodes in a hail of dollars.

What is it about things like this that makes us want to buy in?

New York Magazine’s blog The Science of Us wrote about the transitive property of internet humor - that these moments of virality bind us together in some type of hypermodern experiential campfire. I think that’s true, in part. But they also hit a sweet spot between cynicism (the modern world has ruined everything) and joy (we can contribute to something silly and whimsical). There is originality and connection in the world and we’re constantly discovering new ways to find it.

In our brunch segment this week on Marketplace Weekend, our contributor Jessica Pressler reminded me of the New York bus monitor whose video bullying by students went viral. That incident tapped into our altruistic financial impulses and she received some $700,000 in donations via Indiegogo.

Maybe I’m too optimistic, but I have this hope (stoked by our other bruncher, Joe Weisenthal), that someone will go looking for the potato salad, and stumble onto other Kickstarters. Maybe fund a classroom computer. Someone’s medical treatment. Food for a shelter. A pet rescue. Something else that binds us together when we are otherwise fragmented, pixilated, and far apart. 

A Surge In Concierges

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:11

Forget the self-help movement. The new way is to ask for help — and to consult a concierge.

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Same sex dance ban plan sparks row

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:08
A proposal which could prevent same sex dance partners from competing against mixed sex couples causes a row in the world of ballroom dancing.

Weekly Wrap: The most interesting man at the Fed

Marketplace - American Public Media - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:07

Felix Salmon from Fusion and Jo Ling Kent from Fox Business sat down with Kai Ryssdal to recap the big events from this past week.

A major Portuguese bank is in trouble and while Kent believes the “U.S. market doesn’t seem to mind,” Salmon would argue, “ a big bank failure is always a problem.”

Plus, with dueling speakers at the Federal Reserve, Salmon believes we should listen to Ktochelekova. Why? Because: “he’s by far the most interesting guy,” at the Federal Reserve.

Listen to their full conversation in the audio player above.

Who are Fifa ticket agents Match?

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 07:00
The firm at the centre of the World Cup ticket storm

More weight loss ops for diabetes

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:54
An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes.

Dana brother 'said God forgave him'

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:48
Dana's brother admitted abusing a girl for 12 years, but claimed "God had forgiven him" as he apologised to the girl's father, a court has been told.

Burberry investors reject boss's pay

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:37
Investors have delivered a blow to fashion house Burberry, by voting against the chief executive's pay package at the annual general meeting in London.

EU sanctions South Sudan commanders

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:35
The European Union imposes sanctions on a South Sudanese rebel leader and an army commander for breaking ceasefire agreements.

Seeking missing sons in Syria

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:32
The Belgians trying to win their sons back from Iraqi jihadists

'Doubt' on Mae Sochi qualifying event

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:23
Doubts have been raised over the validity of a Sochi qualifying event in Slovenia that violinist Vanessa-May took part in.

US sends draft notices to 1800s men

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:22
The US agency that manages the nation's dormant military draft apologises after sending draft registration notices to men born in the late 1800s.

VIDEO: Meet man hunting sons lost to Isis

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:15
The BBC's Duncan Crawford meets a parent headed to Syria to try to persuade his son to abandon the militant group Isis and go home to Belgium.

Vaz concern over missing abuse files

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:01
Keith Vaz says he is disappointed the Home Office has not provided details of lost files relating to child abuse.

Elephant Featured In Film 'Alexander' Killed By Thai Poachers

NPR News - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:01

The 50-year-old Asian elephant, named Phlai Khlao, was apparently poisoned before his tusks were hacked off. Thai authorities are questioning a suspect who is a former elephant handler.

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Photographs of Iran

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 06:00
Adam Chidell shares his pictures from a recent visit

England Women ready to win - Mclean

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 05:53
Captain Katy Mclean believes England Women have made the right preparations to win their first World Cup in 20 years.

Week in pictures: 5-11 July 2014

BBC - Fri, 2014-07-11 05:50
Best news photos from the past week
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