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House votes to defund NPR

Kai Ryssdal Mar 17, 2011

These final notes today. First of all, another item in the federal budget. The House voted to defund National Public Radio today. Just NPR specifically — local stations will still get money from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

There’s a catch, though. The bill that passed — which, just to be clear, still has to pass the Senate — says stations can’t use that federal money to buy national programming from NPR or from APM, the company that produces Marketplace. Which makes one wonder if Congress has never heard that phrase about the fungibility of money: that a dollar, in essence, is a dollar is a dollar.

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