NPR Staff http://kut.org en Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents http://kut.org/post/amid-complaints-lawmakers-seek-more-oversight-border-agents U.S. Reps. Beto O'Rourke of Texas and Steve Pearce of New Mexico are looking for answers to their questions about the Border Patrol. These Southwest representatives, one Democrat and the other Republican, have <a href="http://orourke.house.gov/about/our-district">neighboring</a> <a href="http://pearce.house.gov/our-district">districts</a> along the U.S.-Mexico border.<p>They introduced <a href="http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/4303/">legislation</a> in March that calls for more oversight and accountability for U.S. Fri, 16 May 2014 12:34:32 +0000 NPR Staff 10432 at http://kut.org Amid Complaints, Lawmakers Seek More Oversight For Border Agents Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop? http://kut.org/post/yeezy-or-bard-whos-best-wordsmith-hip-hop William Shakespeare had a wildly extensive vocabulary. Of more than 800,000 total words in all of his works, almost 29,000 of them are unique.<p>Although impressive, there are a few rappers who give the Bard a run for his money. Data scientist Matt Daniels <a href="http://rappers.mdaniels.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/" target="_blank">charted the vocabularies</a> of hip-hop artists against Shakespeare and Herman Melville.<p>"This is not a serious academic study. Mon, 05 May 2014 21:50:37 +0000 NPR Staff 10355 at http://kut.org Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop? Is It Still College Without Football? http://kut.org/post/it-still-college-without-football A small number of universities are starting to go against the grain, reducing amenities and frills in favor of keeping the costs relatively low.<p>Neil Theobald is the president of Temple University, which recently began offering students $4,000 per year in grants — if they promise to limit the number of hours they work during the school year and graduate on time.<p>Donal O'Shea is the president of the New College of Florida, the small honors college for Florida's state university system. Thu, 01 May 2014 09:10:43 +0000 NPR Staff 10333 at http://kut.org Is It Still College Without Football? How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators http://kut.org/post/how-public-health-advocates-are-trying-reach-nonvaccinators Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/25/226147147/vaccine-refusals-fueled-californias-whooping-cough-epidemic">have linked</a> to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over vaccination is also spreading.<p>Forty-eight states allow parents to sign a vaccine exemption form — only West Virginia and Mississippi don't. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 16:00:50 +0000 NPR Staff 10139 at http://kut.org How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators