A recent gift to Florida State University is once again raising questions about what kinds of strings donors can attach to their gifts. Big donors say they are just trying to ensure that universities expand their research, but many faculty feel that schools strapped for money are agreeing to unacceptable conditions.
Robert Siegel talks to Michael Greenburg about his book, "The Mad Bomber of New York." It's the story of George Metesky who anonymously left many bombs around the city in the post-war era. Between 1940 and 1957, he placed 33 bombs in busy areas of the city — phone booths, restrooms, movie theaters. The NYPD called the search for the perp "the greatest manhunt in the history of the police department." In the aftermath of the killing of Osama bin Laden, we recall this earlier episode of a man who brought chaos and anger to the Big Apple.
Back in December, international soccer's governing body, FIFA chose Russia and Qatar to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, respectively. And along with FIFA's decisions came allegations of bribery and other misconduct. This week, the accusations against FIFA rose to a new level. Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis talks to Robert Siegel about the latest.
On college campuses, the outlook for new grads is better than it's been for the past couple of years — with starting salaries averaging about $50,000. Still, for many students — especially those without technical skills or a business background — landing a good job remains tough.
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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is accusing Marathon Petroleum Company of price gouging during a state of emergency. The legal brief has been added to an ongoing lawsuit against Marathon for alleged price gouging during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Jonathan Coulton's songs almost never get played on the radio. He doesn't have a contract with a music label. Yet he's a one man counterargument to the idea that musicians can't make money making music.
In 2010, Coulton's music brought in about $500,000 in revenue. And since his overhead costs are very low, most of that money went straight to him.
Did he ever expect to make that kind of money as a musician?