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Katie’s FYIFebruary 8, 2016Katie Couric

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Friday, October 16, 2015

The 2016 presidential candidates released their quarterly fundraising numbers... Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, will testify today before the House Select Committee on Benghazi... Did scientists find evidence of alien life?... And, what makes a play a cultural phenomenon? These stories and more in today’s FYI!

#ICYMI (AND YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS IT)

STREAMING THE DEBATE IN VIRTUAL REALITY MEANS LITTLE FOR VR, COULD MEAN A LOT FOR POLITICS AND MEDIA

"Going into the first televised presidential debate in late September of 1960, John F. Kennedy was trailing Richard Nixon in national polls by six points. Nixon, afflicted with a bad cold, neither practiced hard nor slept well..."


WHAT DO WE REALLY KNOW ABOUT OSAMA BIN LADEN’S DEATH?

"Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets — on the night of May 1, 2011, when the network cut away to President Obama in the East Room of the White House..."


NYPD DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT ITS X-RAY VANS

"The NYPD hasn't (yet) equipped its officers with X-Ray Spex, but it does have mysterious X-ray vans, which they don't want to talk much about. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton was asked to comment on news of the NYCLU’s request to file an amicus brief to force more transparency on how the department uses this equipment, but declined to snitch on the program..."


THE HAMILTON EFFECT: HOW SHOWS GRADUATE FROM SMASH HIT TO REVOLUTIONARY PHENOMENON

"Many Broadway shows have recouped their monetary investments and been billed as a hit… But, what makes productions like Hamilton graduate to the standard of "cultural phenomenon"? We take a look at a few productions that made history beyond the box office..."


DID ASTRONOMERS FIND EVIDENCE OF AN ALIEN CIVILIZATION? (PROBABLY NOT. BUT STILL COOL.)

"A paper by a team of astronomers is getting some notice because of aliens. Now let’s have a care here. The paper doesn’t mention aliens, and it doesn’t even imply aliens. Not directly, at least..."


THE AGE OF PROFILE ANXIETY

"When I was in high school in the 90s back in those days when the Internet was still new and wondrous, there was a kind-of-scam called Who’s Who Among American High School Students that took advantage of the fact that people still loved printed things..."


METS SAVOR A MOMENT THAT DOESN’T COME ALONG EVERY DAY (OR, PERHAPS, DECADE)

"The future can always seem perfect, filled with pennants and parades. A roster has so many young and talented players, bound to get even better, with so many years ahead. For the Mets, this feels like the start of something..."


FUN FOOTNOTE

WEEKEND JUMPSTART

Watch As Koko The Gorilla Falls In Love With A Box Full Of Kittens

"No one can resist a box full of kittens -- not even a gorilla. Koko, the famous gorilla who can "speak" via a sign language vocabulary of more than 1,000 words, loves babies and kittens. And for her 44th birthday over the summer, caregivers at the Gorilla Foundation in California arranged for Koko to spend some time with a box full of kittens..."




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