In Philadelphia, sisters Nikka and Claire Landau have started a group called "Philasoup" for the city's educators. Attendees put $5 apiece into a pot, get some soup — usually donated — and discuss their proposals to improve education in the city. At the end of the evening, the group votes on which proposal deserves the night's pot of money, which is given as a microgrant. Similar klatches have sprung up all over the country in Brooklyn, Fort Worth, Los Angeles and other cities as part of America's growing "soup movement."
Seventeen big-budget movies premiered this past summer, and almost all of them cost more than $100 million to make and about that much to promote. While only about 10 of them were solidly profitable, studios are not changing their strategies.
Rudy Kurniawan, once considered one of the world's most formidable wine collectors, was convicted Wednesday of making cheap wine blends in his house and then passing them off as some of the rarest wines in the world, for thousands of dollars each, at auction.
Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are pressing for the release of a so-called torture report on Bush-era interrogation practices. But there are several hurdles to clear before portions of the report might become declassified.
Along with submissions for our Weekly Innovation post, we've also received ideas for things that haven't been created yet, things that NPR readers want to see become a reality (like reversible tattoos or steering wheel fans). As we look ahead to 2014, here are our favorite ideas of the past year.
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