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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 — how public are our public universities? Robert Siegel talks to Eric Kelderman, reporter for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Economy
3:30 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

California Budget Deal Calls For Deep Cuts

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

California Governor Jerry Brown has reached the outline of a budget deal with state Democratic leaders. The two sides have been wrangling over deep cuts to social programs. The agreement is just the latest development in the story of California's budget crisis — with negotiations over pension cuts still looming and a November ballot initiative that will ask Californians to raise their own taxes to prevent steeper cuts to the state' schools. Melissa Block talks with Ben Adler of Capital Public Radio in Sacramento.

Music Interviews
3:28 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

David Byrne Finds A Disco Muse In Imelda Marcos

Musician David Byrne at his rehearsal space at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Mass. Byrne's first musical, Here Lies Love, chronicles the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos.
Andrea Shea NPR

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

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3:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Bipartisan Support Boosts Farm Bill Through Senate

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

The massive farm bill cleared the Senate on Thursday, setting up negotiations with the House over changes in a number of programs, including crop insurance and food stamps.

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3:22 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Oracle CEO Purchases Entire Hawaiian Island

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

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has purchased almost the entire Hawaiian island of Lanai. Melissa Block talks with Mike Wilson, author of a book on Ellison, about the purchase and other eccentric moves by the software magnate.

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