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The Internet: The Biggest Threat to Endangered Species

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The biggest threat to endangered species may not be loss of habitat or illegal poaching. Conservationists are concerned that the internet currently poses the biggest single threat to endangered species.

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The Takeaway

Real Baghdad Bomb Team on 'The Hurt Locker'

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"The Hurt Locker” was undoubtedly the star of this year’s Oscars, winning six awards, including Best Picture. The New York Times declared it the best American feature film yet about the war in Iraq. Cinematic awards are well and good, but how true to life is the film?

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The Takeaway

Filming Your World: A Global Video Competition

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

What is the one thing about your life and your surroundings that you want the whole world to know about? The BBC World Service is running a video competition called "MyWorld" that asks people to send in a  two-minute of the world from their perspective. The entries will be judged by filmmakers from different continents and the winning entrants will have their videos broadcast on the BBC.

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The Takeaway

E-mail Scams Exploit Haiti Earthquake Generosity

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A BBC Investigation has uncovered evidence that criminal gangs have been cashing in on the Haiti earthquake by asking people to donate to bogus charities. The charity asks for donations to pay for relief supplies using untraceable bank transfers. 

 

 

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The Takeaway

UK Considers a New Way to End Smoking

Monday, February 01, 2010

The British government is considering a controversial measure to reduce the number of smokers by half in ten years. It wants to sell cigarettes in packs featuring only the text of the cigarette brand set on a uniform gray background. But tobacco companies are resisting the move. 

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The Takeaway

Talking to Haiti with BBC's World Have Your Say

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

The BBC’s World Have Your Say has been speaking with ordinary people in Haiti about the disastrous earthquake that took place one week ago.

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The Takeaway

BBC Listeners Help Zambian Boy Live Dream to Fly

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A 13-year-old boy from a slum in Zambia is on his way to learning how to fly thanks to help from BBC radio listeners who heard his story. Freelance BBC reporter Jo Fidgen tells us about meeting the boy, Joseph Banda, and how she went along for the ride on his very first flight.

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The Takeaway

Five American Muslims Detained in Pakistan

Thursday, December 10, 2009

As President Obama declared in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech "We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth that we will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes," new details were emerging from Pakistan, where  five American Muslims have been detained on suspicions of possible involvement in terrorism. Law enforcement in that country said the United States nationals, who disappeared from Washington D.C. last month, were suspected of planning attacks against "American interests" in Pakistan.

Aleem Maqbool, Islamabad correspondent for the BBC, joins the conversation about these five young men, ages 19-25, whose families recently asked for help in finding them. One possible piece of evidence in the case is a video the men left behind, featuring scenes of armed conflict and a message that young Muslims had to do more.

 

 

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The Takeaway

Is Twitter a Financial Paper Tiger?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

With over one million users posting 27.3 million tweets a day, one would expect Twitter to be a hugely profitable organization spread across the globe.  But the truth is a little more nuanced than that.  Twitter is a big company, one valued at over $1 billion by investors. But, by offering a free service to millions around the world, Twitter, like Facebook, has no immediately obvious way to actually make money.

So how does a company like Twitter stay in business?  And what kind of business model can they employ to become profitable? 

The Takeaway talks to BBC business correspondent Mark Gregory, who recently spoke with Biz Stone, one of Twitter's co-founders.  Mark reports that Twitter does indeed have a plan or two to allow their company to turn a significant profit.

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Studio 360

Not Too Big To Fail

Friday, September 11, 2009

Not Too Big To Fail

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Studio 360

The "Fun" Boss

Saturday, January 08, 2005

The dark horse winner at the 2004 Golden Globe awards was the BBC series The Office, which is broadcast on BBC America. The series is shot as a mock-documentary about the mundane and ridiculous life of workers in a British paper company. Trey Kay looks at how The Office is ...

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