China’s billion-dollar shopping obsession

Livestream shopping in China is a multi-billion dollar industry, with a reported 425 million users as of July 2018. Some hosts feature well known luxury brands, but you can buy just about anything. Alice met up with a top livestream host in China, as well her biggest fan, to learn what makes this experience so addictive. Alice and Sophia also look into how the US is starting to catch on.

Originally published on Beme News YouTube, CNN.COM, and CNNgo on March 21, 2019

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30 Days Inside Chinese Livestreaming

Livestreaming is big business in China, with the top live streamers making more than $100,000 per month broadcasting regular shows through a multitude of apps. Unlike Twitch, these streaming apps are made for entertainment rather than gaming. Could livestream fever take hold in the United States? Sophia tries out the popular Chinese livestreaming app YY for a month to see what it’s like to broadcast her life. In the process, she speaks to several people who have studied the industry, including Hao Wu, director of the upcoming documentary “People’s Republic of Desire.”

Originally published on Beme News YouTube and CNNgo on July 30, 2018

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The Poison Behind Male Birth Control

The secret to a male birth control pill may lie in a deadly poisonous plant.

Dr. Gunda Georg is leading a team of researchers out of the University of Minnesota in a quest to develop a non-hormonal birth control pill for men. She wants to help even out the burden of family planning between men and women, and she thinks the answer may lie in a heart-stopping plant extract from the Climbing Oleander plant used as arrow poison in parts of Africa.

Originally published on Beme News YouTube on May 3, 2018

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New Orleans at 300: A Warm Welcome And Food Will Follow

A warm welcome is phase one of a visit to the Crescent City. Food will follow. And music. “New Orleans is just like your grandma. You come home, she’s always got a hot plate of food for you and she’s gonna invite you to her table to sit down and talk about what’s ever on your mind. And she’s gonna listen,” said New Orleans native Tarriona “Tank” Ball, the front woman of the band Tank and the Bangas. Founded in 1718 by Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville 100 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River, the valuable port city of New Orleans has long been defined by struggle, joy, resistance and survival.

Originally published on CNNTravel on April 26, 2018

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CNN VR Eclipse Live

CNN and Volvo Cars USA present the solar eclipse from multiple locations, coast to coast, in an immersive two-hour 360° live-stream experience starting at 1PM ET on August 21, 2017.

The astronomical and historic virtual reality event will be available all around the world in 4K resolution at, CNN’s mobile apps, Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus via Samsung VR, Oculus Rift via Oculus Video and through CNN’s Facebook page via Facebook Live 360.

“CNN’s Eclipse of the Century” will allow users to witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States for the first time in nearly 40 years. The live show, hosted by CNN’s Space and Science Correspondent Rachel Crane and former NASA Astronaut Mark Kelly, will harness stunning imagery from specially-designed 4K 360° cameras, optimized for low-light, that will capture seven ‘total eclipse’ moments – stretching from Oregon to South Carolina.

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