By 2017, Norway wants to be the first country to ditch FM radio entirely

This week, Norway's Ministry of Culture announced its plans to transition completely towards digital radio and turn off FM radio nationwide, according to an English report from (the original announcement in Norwegian can be found here). The switch-off is scheduled to begin in January 2017, and it would make Norway the first country in the world to "decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels," according to the announcement. "This is an important day for everyone Read more [...]

National Geographic, Feeding America and Chef Mario Batali Team Up to Share Stories of Hunger and Hope in Our Country

WASHINGTON (Nov. 19, 2014)—National Geographic and Feeding America today announced that acclaimed chef Mario Batali will serve as a guest editor for National Geographic’s current Your Shot photo assignment, “The Story of Hunger and Hope,” to inspire people to care about the issue of hunger in America. Batali is a member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council and a longtime anti-hunger advocate. Your Shot ( is National Geographic’s online community of nearly 500,000 Read more [...]

God’s Country: Lake Titicaca

November is springtime in the altiplano of South America, where the vast two-million-acre Lake Titicaca collides with the 20,000-foot peaks of the Cordillera Real and an endless sky. At the heart of it all is Titilaka Lodge, situated on a remote peninsula on the lake’s western shore. The 18 rooms have windows overlooking the water, which changes from gold to blue to silver over the course of a day. Not that you’ll be inside. At 12,500 feet, the lodge is central to adventure. Grab a hotel Read more [...]

Social Security Q&A: Can Resident Aliens Return to Their Country and Still Collect?

Social Security may be your largest or one of your largest assets. How you manage it, by deciding which benefits to collect and when, can make an absolutely huge difference to your lifetime benefits. And those with the highest past covered earnings have the most to gain from maximizing their [...] Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]

The Best Sour Beer in the Country

You might think the sour beer trend evolved quickly, taking over bars and liquor stores seemingly overnight. But the Belgians have been brewing sour beer since the 1800s, and Americans are only now starting to catch up. Sour beer, or beer with an intentionally tart, acidic taste, is a bit of a rebel in the brewing world. It uses ingredients most brewers avoid at all cost: a strain of the wild yeast Brettanomyces and at least one of the typical souring agents—Pediococcus, Lactobacillus, and Read more [...]

Celebrity Personal Trainer Harley Pasternak Buys $1.3 English Country Home

Personal trainer to the stars, Harley Pasternak, has just bulked up his property portfolio, buying a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 1,649 square foot home in Los Angeles. According to property records, Pasternak dropped and gave $ 1,291,875 to the seller of this remodeled ‘English Country’ home. Situated on a large lot, there is [...] Forbes - Personal Finance Read more [...]

Iraq elections: Can country be saved from break-up?

Iraqis go to the polls on 30 April in parliamentary elections overshadowed by violence and sectarian tension. Prime Minister Nouri Maliki is bidding for a third term, presenting himself as the only candidate capable of defeating a growing al-Qaeda-inspired insurgency. But Sunni Arabs and Kurds accuse Mr Maliki of and pro-Shia. Some observers think his re-election could endanger Iraq's fragile democracy. What's at stake? These elections are likely to have a big influence on the future stability Read more [...]