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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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Bill Cosby Admitted To Acquiring Drugs To Give To A Woman For Sex

NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews MaryClaire Dale, an Associated Press reporter, about the court documents showing Cosby said in 2005 he got quaaludes to give to a woman with whom he wanted to have sex.
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Mechanization Brings Quick Change To Borneo Region Known For 'Slow Rice'

A company is introducing mechanized rice farming to the interior of Malaysian Borneo for the first time. Scientists say the change may damage the bonds between the local people and their environment.
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New Challenges To Recycling In The United States

Falling commodity prices are putting a squeeze on American recycling companies. What this means for cities, counties and the future of recycling programs in the United States.

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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

Kojo chats with Freeman Hrabowski, the president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, about the future of higher education - and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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