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Kenneth Feinberg: "Who Gets What"

Lawyer and mediator Kenneth Feinberg has earned a reputation as the "go-to" guy in the wake of national crises. Following tragedies and disaster - like 9/11, the 2010 Gulf oil spill and Boston marathon bombing - he decides how to administer victims' compensation funds and fields questions about who gets what. Kojo talks with Feinberg about the practical, and emotional, questions that arise when trying to allocate resources fairly in the wake of a tragedy.

Feinberg, 9/11 Victim Fund Manager

Is there another man in history who has been asked, in a sense, to "play God" the way that Kenneth Feinberg has? Feinberg is an arbitration lawyer who distributed the federal government's Sept. 11 Victims' Compensation Fund.

Feinberg Administers BP Victim's Compensation Fund

Kenneth Feinberg faces the difficult task of administering the BP victim's compensation fund. One big obstacle is people's reluctance to believe that he's not really working for BP.


ABC Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

ABC will air "It's Your 50th Christmas Charlie Brown" Monday night. On the classic Christmas cartoon's golden anniversary, NPR explores what makes this ageless special endure.

When Tipping Was Considered Deeply Un-American

Imported from Europe, the custom of leaving gratuities began spreading in the U.S. post-Civil War. It was loathed as a master-serf custom that degraded America's democratic, anti-aristocratic ethic.

Abortion Providers Raise Security Concerns After Planned Parenthood Shooting

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dr. Diane Horvath-Cosper about how performing abortions has made her a target for anti-abortion groups. She is an OB-GYN and family planning fellow in Washington, D.C.

Big Data Predicts Centuries Of Harm If Climate Warming Goes Unchecked

How can climate scientists be so sure about what will happen decades and centuries from now? About 30 teams using supercomputers to churn through mountains of data see patterns aligning.

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