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Top-Down or Bottom-Up? Fixing a VA in Crisis

A month after allegations of recordkeeping fraud at a Phoenix VA hospital made national headlines, larger questions over system-wide mismanagement remain. Under pressure from lawmakers and veteran advocacy groups, the incoming head of the Department of Veteran Affairs will face crucial questions about how to streamline and safeguard the largest government agency. But it's a tall order for a bureaucracy unaccustomed to change. Kojo explores the fallout and fixes under consideration for the VA.


From Trembling Teacher To Seasoned Mentor: How Tim Gunn Made It Work

Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood "absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school," he says.

How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

It's the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, "First Bite: How We Learn to Eat."

Osceola At The 50-Yard Line

The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

What Is Li-Fi And When Will You Use It To Download Everything Faster?

Li-Fi is a lot like Wi-Fi, but it uses light to transmit data. NPR's Scott Simon speaks to the man who invented the faster alternative: Harald Haas.

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