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Katie’s FYIApril 18, 2015Katie Couric

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Let the force be with you - again! The new Star Wars trailer is here... It's been a year since Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Chibok, but what is Boko Haram?... A 23-year-old Ohio man was indicted by a federal grand jury on terror charges... And, Georgia became the latest state to sign a medical marijuana bill into law. These stories and more in today's FYI.

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

INSIDE THE PODCAST BRAIN: WHY DO AUDIO STORIES CAPTIVATE?

"In my all-time favorite episode of Radiolab, “Finding Emilie,” a young art student named Emilie Gossiaux gets into a terrible accident while riding her bike and, rendered blind and deaf, is unable to communicate with her loved ones until she makes an incredible breakthrough. Listening to it on my drive home only got me to the middle of the episode, so I sat in my parked car staring at the garage until it was over. I was captivated by the voices of Emilie and her family. I’ve been an audio convert ever since…"


THAT STAR WARS PANEL’S REAL MAGIC WAS ITS BALANCING ACT

"After decades of Comic-Cons, the patterns of epic geek live panels are well established—a bit of warm up, special guests, surprise guests, maybe some theatrics, and a climactic debut of something, maybe new footage of a big, highly anticipated movie. You know why they do it like that? Because it works…"


ARE SOCIAL DAYDREAMS RELATED TO WELL-BEING?

"Daydreaming often gets a bad reputation. While yes– researchers have associated “lapses of attention” with memory loss and depression, here’s the thing: not all daydreaming is a lapse of attention. Sure, when we need to pay attention to the outside world, it can be helpful to quiet the inner monologue…"


THE NATION’S FIRST VEGETARIAN PUBLIC SCHOOL IS THRIVING

"A few years before Queens elementary school PS 244 became the first public school in the nation to go vegetarian, it decided to stop serving chocolate milk. That had never been done before in New York City’s school meals program. Robert Groff, the school’s principal, says even that first simple step took a lot of time and effort…"


WHEN VETERANS RETURN, THEIR CHILDREN ALSO DEAL WITH INVISIBLE WOUNDS OF WAR

"Twice a day, Koen Hughes’s medicine alarm beeps and sputters. He yells out across the kitchen to his father, retired Army Staff Sgt. Jonah Hughes, an Iraq war veteran, who suffers from such a severe brain injury that it’s hard for him to remember things like whether he showered, and sometimes how to shower. Koen is always there, reminding him to take his anti-seizure pills, nervously double-checking his medicine box and squinting as he monitors his father’s behavior. Koen is 10…"


YAHOO NEWS NOW I GET IT

The Terror of Boko Haram

"On April 14, 2014, a group of terrorists known as Boko Haram raided a school in Chibok, Nigeria, and kidnapped 276 girls. The horrible act sparked outrage across the world and brought global attention to this militant Islamist group. The name Boko Haram, which roughly translates to “Western education is sin,” captures some of the motivation behind the terrorist organization…"


PARALYZED OLYMPIC SWIMMER AMY VAN DYKEN-ROUEN NAMED CAPTAIN OF TEAM REEVE

"You may remember swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen from the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics, where she won six gold medals collectively. However, the biggest challenge of Van Dyken-Rouen’s life hasn’t been in a swimming pool. Just 10 months ago, her spinal cord was severed in an all-terrain vehicle accident, leaving her paralyzed from the waist down…"


FUN FOOTNOTE

WEEKEND JUMPSTART

How Spike’s Lip Sync Battle Became Such a Stunning Success

"Just two weeks in, the Spike TV series version of Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle is looking like a legitimate hit, both on TV and online. The celebrity air-vocal showdown gave Spike its biggest Nielsen numbers ever for a series premiere, and since then, the total audience for the first episodes (counting DVR replays and multiple reruns) has soared past 15 million TV viewers…"




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Katie Couric Katie Couric http://katiecouric.com Journalist and News Anchor Yahoo! News New York City, NY, USA