Pro leagues, teams and the media empires that broadcast them are betting big on fantasy sports. DraftKings, a major daily fantasy sports site, said this week it has received a $300 million investment from Fox Sports, Madison Square Garden and the national leagues of baseball, hockey and soccer.
Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 10:55 am
On Wednesday, Americans witnessed another shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a white police officer. This weekend, the NAACP will be marching to bring awareness and an end these incidents as well as other social justice issues including voting rights, across the country.
In covering the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 last year, the media covered the story in all sorts of ways. We’ve heard many of the theories on Here & Now, including one guess that involved a possible Russian government plot.
The company you keep says a lot. On his upcoming full-length debut, Seven Sundays,Inglewood singer-songwriter SiR (born "Sir" Darryl Farris) is making a hell of a statement through his collaborative choices.
U.S. allies in the Middle East are already seeking to boost their missile defense systems after the deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
The agreement lifts Iran’s conventional arms embargo sanction in five years and sanctions on long-range missile projects in eight years. According to the Pentagon, Saudi Arabia wants to buy 600 Patriot missile interceptors.
Chilo Ketlhoafetse struts around an eighth-grade classroom like the coolest guy in Botswana, warming the students up to talk about an awkward subject. He calls out "Nomhlaba!" and they respond "Auwe!" — nonsense words from a local childhood game. Soon he has the students clicking their fingers, dancing and following his every word.
Within an hour, the students at the Bakgatle Community Junior Secondary School in Mochudi are chanting the only message he wants to get across to them: "Older partners are riskier."
Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 11:22 am
Did you catch what just came out of that critter's mouth? What does it all mean?!
Listen, and listen closely. NPRhas been decoding the rich, sonic communication between living creatures: the songs of whales, the call of a cricket, the chirp of a treehopper (a cousin of the cicada). And now you can tune into this wild world of "unheard" conversations.
There's something meaningful, almost defiant, about the title of Lauren Holmes' debut, Barbara the Slut and Other People. It's not the first part, either; while the word "slut" is still frequently used as a term of abuse, it has lost some of the power to shock that it had a few decades ago. It's the final few words — "and other people," not "and other stories," which is the usual naming convention for short story collections.
Months after they left the BBC, car enthusiasts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are headed to Amazon, hoping to re-create the success of the long-running TV show Top Gear. The trio left the BBC under a cloud after Clarkson's contract was not renewed because of a physical attack on a show producer.
"The show will be produced by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman," Amazon announced Thursday, adding that production on the new show, whose name wasn't revealed, will begin soon.
Attention all music geeks: Can you identify the 35 album covers Canadian singer Kalle Mattson re-creates in this video?
"Avalanche" is the title track for his new EP, to be released on Aug. 21. It's a big, bold sound for Kalle and draws from the influences of many of the musical heroes he pays homage to in this video, as he told us via email:
It tells the story of graphic designer Denise Burt and her album covers. Read about her process, see the art — and hear the music that inspired her.
Shortly after Burt moved to Copenhagen in 2000, she landed a job creating album covers for Denmark's Dacapo Records. Trouble was, she didn't know a thing about the contemporary classical music the label specialized in.
A novelist friend once told me she loves the TV series American Crime because it focuses on "the other people affected, the ones you never hear about, when a crime happens." You might think creators of fiction, like my friend, would be the first to consider "the other people affected," but finding a suspense novel that upends both the linearity and the nature of what constitutes "crime" occurs less than I might like.
Originally published on Fri July 31, 2015 12:21 pm
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One out of every five people in Israel is Arab. But Israeli TV sets aside only a few hours a week for Arabic-language programming. And Arabs in Israel don't have many opportunities to see their own cities and lives reflected on the screen. That's the idea behind a new TV channel. It's called Palestine 48, a reference to the year Israel was founded.
The channel's new morning show is called Our Morning Is Different. It's like an Arabic version of the Today show, with a breezy opening jingle and stock footage of sunlight peeking through a field.