A Teenage Music Phenom, Infographics, Motorcycles In Vietnam

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The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.

This week, he tells NPR's Arun Rath about a bullied teen who makes it big, the unlikely popularity of an American motorcycle brand in Ho Chi Minh City and the most informative cartoons imaginable.

The New And The Next

  • New In Music: 18-Year-Old Alexandra McDermott


    "She was discovered a couple years ago on YouTube. Just got signed, literally this week, to a big deal with Columbia records — one of the major labels.

    "While she looks young and quiet, she's got one of those big powerful voices that makes everyone kind of stop and stare. She was bullied as a kid, and bullied badly enough that she ultimately had to switch high schools. Then at a friend's suggestion in 2011 got on stage, performed at a school talent fair, and everybody went silent after she sang Adele's 'Someone Like You' then less than 30 seconds later burst out into applause, tears — so I'm looking forward to her first album dropping"

    Read "Alexandra McDermott" at Ozy.com

  • Graphics That Explain The World

    Wait But Why i
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    Wait But Why
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    "You and I and a ton of other people love infographics. The idea that the best way to explain something sometimes is clever graphics. This blog was started by two tutors — these guys were academic tutors, Tim Urban and Andrew Finn — who decided to get together to explain some of life's more important and offbeat points.

    "Even though they only started in July, [they] already have more than a quarter of a million subscribers and [a] really interesting ability to use graphs and charts to bring things alive."

    Read "Wait But Why: Making Nerdiness Viral" at Ozy.com

  • The Harleys of Ho Chi Minh

    Ho Chi Minh Harley i
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    Ho Chi Minh Harley
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    "We all think of China as the booming economy in Asia. In the past, we thought certainly Japan and even India. But increasingly Vietnam is that place that's showing a little bit of spark. They've been growing at 5 or 6 percent ... Going back 20 plus years, third largest oil producer. And one of the ways you see that economic success start to show up, believe it or not, is more and more Harley Davidson motorcycles.

    "While they can be quite expensive — in fact they're heavily taxed ... a Harley Davidson dealership [is] expected to open toward the end of this year."

    Read "Ho Chi Minh Harley" at Ozy.com



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