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Cato Institute/Koch Brothers Showdown Has 20-Year-Old Roots

The billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch are known for the many millions of dollars they've poured into conservative causes.

Among the beneficiaries: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the grassroots group Americans for Prosperity and the anti-regulation Mercatus Center.

And then there's the Cato Institute, a think tank that's a cornerstone of the libertarian movement. Now the Koch brothers are trying to take control of Cato away from its president. And many libertarians are furious.

The fight became public this month, when the Kochs sued Cato.

But NPR's Peter Overby explains on Morning Edition Tuesday how the showdown has been brewing for 20 years.

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Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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