If you haven’t yet heard Joey Alexander play the piano, well, it’s time you do.

Joey's scheduled to headline the Newport Jazz Festival this summer.

He lives in New York, but he was born far removed from New York's swinging jazz scene on the Indonesian island of Bali. He likes to swim and watch movies. He wears sneakers and blue framed glasses.

Here’s the thing. “I’m 11 years old,” says Joey. “I started playing piano when I was 6, but I already heard music before that, when I was a baby.”

What do FIFA and the mafia have in common? RICO

1 hour ago

Beneath the headlines of bribery, corruption and arrests at FIFA is one law with a short-name and an outsized history.

The FIFA charges are based on the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. RICO is the US law that was passed by Congress to go after the Mafia. In fact, the statute was used to convict John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino family in New York.

But this US law is now being deftly applied to indict not only Americans, but also foreign nationals.  

Mike's Place is a blues bar in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It's also the title of a new graphic novel by filmmaker and journalist Jack Baxter.

In April 2003, Baxter headed to Israel to make a film about Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. The leader was due to go on trial in Tel Aviv for terrorism.

But when Baxter got to the courthouse, he discovered that a group of Israeli filmmakers were already doing that.

Discouraged, he figured he'd go cry into a beer.

And that's when he discovered Mike's Place.

Beekeeper Jon Otis runs Lake Superior Honey. He has hives here and there around the city of Duluth. He says the idea is that the honey each hive produces has the flavor of the neighborhood it’s in, from the different flowers that grow there.

Recently, Lake Superior Honey started a new project. They’re selling a mix of wildflower and grass seed. They don’t make money off the seeds. They just want more people to tear out their lawns and put in habitat for pollinators.

Aizzah Fatima used to worry that the title of her one-woman play, "Dirty Paki Lingerie," would offend her fellow South Asians. But after nearly five years of staging the production from Toronto to Turkmenistan, the Pakistani American actress is less concerned when the ethnic slur raises eyebrows.

"It was a big challenge when I first started doing this play to get the Muslim American community to support it," she says. "That's really changed."

Iran Cartoon website

There's little agreement on what to call the so-called Islamic State. Should it be ISIL? ISIS? IS? Daesh? But there's plenty of agreement on what they are: An evil, violent menace. So when Iran announced it was holding an anti-ISIS cartoon contest, that was a good thing, right?  

Here's what a map of the world sounds like

6 hours ago

Imagine if there were a Google map for sounds. There is — kind of. It’s called Aporee, and it’s an online audio archive where people upload field recordings, a lot of them. It has almost 30,000 recordings, about 63 days worth of sound.

On Aporee, you can listen to all kinds of things from across the globe. There are people beat-boxing in Kampala, Uganda:


Wildlife in the Amazon's Amacayacu National Park:


Metal workers in Kathmandu, Nepal:


Video: 'Game of Thrones,' Facebook and the GDP Explained

7 hours ago
Marketplace staff

What's Gross Domestic Product? It’s like if Westeros from "Game of Thrones" had a Facebook page. Get it? You will.

Produced by Preditorial
Design and Animation by Fatdroid
Script: Paddy Hirsch
Director: Rick Kent
Producer: Mimi Kent

Marketplace for Friday, May 29, 2015

7 hours ago
creative commons

A former Somerset County Public Schools ROTC instructor has been charged with making obscene phone calls to a 16 year old student.  

The incident involved 51-year old James McGee.

He allegedly contacted the student who was involved with the ROTC at the J.M. Tawes Technology and Career Center in in March and April of this year.  

He allegedly used the media phone app called “Snapchat” which allows messages and pictures that only last 1-to-10 seconds before disappearing.