LYNN NEARY, host: Three scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on understanding the immune system. However, it turns out one of the scientists died several days ago, which could mean that he was not eligible for the prize. Joining us now is NPR science correspondent Jon Hamilton.
Thanks for joining us, Jon.
JON HAMILTON: Good to be here.
NEARY: Let's start with this scientist who died. Who was he, and why might his death make him ineligible for the Nobel Prize?
NPR's board of directors announced Sunday that it had dipped into the world of public television for its new president and CEO: Gary E. Knell, chief executive of the company behind the beloved children's show Sesame Street.
Knell, 57, said he hopes to "calm the waters" at NPR after a rocky year in which the institution lost several top executives and faced renewed challenges to its funding.
Jeremy Bowen has seen a lot in his 26 years. The Army veteran from Boyd County took part in the bloody Battle of Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. The battle is described as some of the heaviest urban combat since Vietnam. In the latest of our profiles of student veterans, based on the University of Kentucky’s oral history project, “From Combat to Kentucky”, Bowen recalls being a 19 year-old paratrooper, arriving in Iraq.
When Peter Frampton performs tomorrow in Richmond, it’s practically in his backyard. The guitar hero has a home and studio in Cincinnati. Frampton’s touring North America, celebrating the 35th anniversary of his “Frampton Comes Alive” album, one of the best selling “live” albums ever produced. In his concerts, Frampton says he tries to give audiences what they want, right away. He spoke with WEKU’s Jonese Franklin.
No two countries are experiencing the global financial crisis in the same way. And according to author Michael Lewis, you can tell a lot about each country by looking at its problems — and how they're being dealt with.
To research his new book, Boomerang, Lewis went on what he has called a "financial disaster tour." He surveyed some of the most financially challenged countries in the world from Iceland and Ireland to Greece and the United States.
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — also known as the supercommittee — created by Congress this summer has just seven weeks to agree on a plan reducing projected deficits by more than a trillion dollars.
If that panel of six Democrats and six Republicans deadlocks, or if Congress rejects its work, by law automatic across-the-board budget cuts — half of them from defense spending — will be triggered. Already, talk is growing of undoing that trigger.