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3:31 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Are Public Universities Still Public?

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:19 pm

The recent firing of the president of the University of Virginia brought that public university into the national spotlight. But on Thursday, the Commonwealth of Virginia contributes only seven percent of the university's budget. Many other public universities receive similarly small percentages of their funding from state budgets, which raises the question β€” how public are our public universities? Robert Siegel talks to Eric Kelderman, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Two-Way
3:07 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Tomorrow, The European Crisis Moves To The Pitch

Greece's captain Giorgos Karagounis chats with his teammates during a training session, prior to the Euro 2012 soccer quarterfinal match between Germany and Greece in Poland.
Thanassis Stavrakis AP

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 3:14 pm

It almost certainly won't solve the European sovereign debt crisis. But the way it's being framed, tomorrow's European Championship quarterfinal is starting to sound like its next chapter: Greece vs. Germany; austerity vs. stimulus; intact eurozone vs. one without Greece.

The Wall Street Journal reports that some have dubbed the game a "debt derby" that pits "the euro zone's most cash-strapped nation against its Teutonic task- and paymaster." The Journal adds:

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It's All Politics
3:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Rubio On Compromise, Immigration And His 'Union Activist' Past

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., delivers a speech during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in February in Washington.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 21, 2012 4:19 pm

To hear Florida Sen. Marco Rubio tell it, it's happenstance that his newly published memoir, An American Son, became available just as the speculation about Republican vice presidential possibilities is heating up.

Rubio, a rising Cuban-American star in his party, told NPR's Robert Siegel, co-host of All Things Considered, in a Thursday interview:

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Planet Money
2:55 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

How Much Does The Government Spend To Send A Kid To Public School?

Lam Thuy Vo / NPR

Originally published on Wed June 27, 2012 9:11 am

On average, it costs $10,615 to send a kid to public school for a year. (That's federal, state and local government spending combined.)

As the map above shows, that one number masks a huge variation. Utah spends just over $6,000 per student; New York and the District of Columbia over $18,000.

There's even more variation when you get to the district level. Detailed figures and lots more data (including district-level spending) are available in a report the Census Bureau released today.

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It's All Politics
2:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Romney Softens Rhetoric, If Not Policies, In Speech To Latino Leaders

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gives a young supporter a boost at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials conference in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Fri June 29, 2012 2:56 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney softened his tough primary-campaign tone on immigration, if not his positions, during a speech Thursday to national Hispanic leaders.

In comments to thousands gathered at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials in Orlando, Fla., the former Massachusetts governor criticized President Obama's failure to take action on comprehensive immigration reform.

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The Two-Way
2:09 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Iran Says U.S., Allies Launched 'Massive Cyber Attack' Against Nuclear Facilities

An undated screen grab, released by the Kaspersky Lab, showing some of the programming behind Flame.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun June 24, 2012 7:38 am

Iran's intelligence minister says his country has uncovered a "massive cyber attack" he says was launched by the United States, England and Israel to coincide with nuclear negotiations that happened in Moscow.

Press TV, Iran's official, English-language news outlet, reports that Heidar Moslehi said Iran had "taken necessary measures" to protect itself against the attack.

Moslehi added:

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Shots - Health Blog
2:08 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Journal Publishes Details On Contagious Bird Flu Created In Lab

Vietnam has contained the fatal bird flu cases that raged in the late 2000s, but it is still struggling with new cases of the virulent disease. Here, a poultry trader loads live chickens onto his motorbike on March 16 at a market outside Hanoi.
Hoang Dinh Ham AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 22, 2012 11:40 am

Anyone and everyone can now look in the journal Science and read about how to make lab-altered bird flu viruses that have been at the center of a controversy that's raged for months.

But in the eyes of some critics, the details of these experiments are effectively the recipe for a dangerous flu pandemic.

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This Is NPR
2:02 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

NPR Senior Washington Editor Indulges In The Forbidden Fruit Of "A Brave New World"

Doby Photography NPR

Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 1:41 pm

Last week, NPR Special Correspondent Susan Stamberg revealed a streak of "steamers" she managed to check out from her neighborhood library at age ten for our take on NPR Books' PG-13 series, where NPR staffers look back on the Young Adult novels that inspired their own coming-of-age moments.

Turns out, Susan isn't the only one around here guilty of giving in to the gripping pages of Young Adult fiction. NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving shares this week what he found among the scholarly books on his father's book shelf:

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Law
1:32 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Why Operation Fast And Furious Failed

The operation was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 2009-10. NPR's Ted Robbins and Michel Marizco of the Fronteras Desk talk about the intent of Fast and Furious, why the operation failed, and solutions to curb gun-running on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Alt.Latino
1:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Latin Music That Breaks Barriers And Pushes Boundaries

Singer Sarah Aroeste performs Ladino music β€” a style created by the Sephardic Jews of the Iberian Peninsula.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat June 23, 2012 9:04 am

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