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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.
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.
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.