Number in The News: 71 — Spotify creates a podcast to save your pup from loneliness

April 03, 2020

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A French Bulldog puppy poses for a portrait at the American Kennel Club (AKC) in New York Jan. 31, 2014.

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From The World and PRX, this is The Number in the News. Today’s number: 71.

Swedish audio streaming site Spotify surveyed 5,000 pet owners from Britain, Australia, Spain, Italy and the United States and found that 71% of pet owners play music for their pets when they leave the house. Your pup might be getting extra attention as the world hunkers down amid the pandemic. But if you need some pet-free time as you work from home, Spotify has teamed up with British actor Ralph Ineson — best known for his roles in Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and The Office — to create five-hour-long podcasts that serve as a companion to your canine while you’re not around.

The Number in the News is a daily flash briefing for your smart speaker that we’re featuring as a special here in The World’s podcast feed. Listen to the Number in the News every morning to hear a shareable story in just two minutes. It’s one number you won’t forget, plus why it’s in the news today.

Click here to add The Number in the News to your smart speaker News Briefing on an Amazon or Google smart speaker. Produced by The World’s Bianca Hillier.


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