WXXI's Jon Haliniak sat down with President Norm Silverstein to talk about the impact of HR 1076, a bill that would prevent federal funds from going to NPR and would prevent stations from using federal dollars to acquire NPR or other radio programming. Here's an excerpt from their discussion:
By now you’ve probably heard that Vivian Schiller has stepped down as president of NPR. Her resignation follows an embarrassing incident where two NPR fundraising executives met with a filmmaker pretending to represent a Muslim organization considering a gift to NPR.
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