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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.


'Steve Jobs': As Ambitious As Its Title Character

Danny Boyle's new biopic, Steve Jobs, is a look at the man who made Apple mean computers, not fruit. NPR film critic Bob Mondello says it's an invigorating story told in three acts of crisis.

Could A Mushroom Save The Honeybee?

The bees that pollinate crops are on the brink of collapse. One big reason why: a virus-carrying mite. Now, researchers think a rare fungi could boost bees' immune system and attack the mite itself.

'Quartet' Member: Nobel Peace Prize Is 'Very Important For Tunisia'

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Wided Bouchamaoui, president of the Tunisian Employers' Union, and a member of the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia, about winning the Nobel Peace Prize Friday.

Volkswagen Faces Uphill Battle In Repairing Tarnished Reputation

Volkswagen faces two enormous repair jobs: fixing its polluting diesel cars and its battered reputation. Both may be much harder to fix than anything other scandal-plagued car companies have faced.

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