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Philanthropists

May 21, 2014 — Charles and David Koch have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to bring their libertarian views into the mainstream. In a new book, Daniel Schulman looks at the roots of their ideology.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Disinherited by Han Ong. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Dec 27, 2008Mrs. Astor Regrets: The Hidden Betrayals of a Family Beyond Reproach tells the story of the Astors of New York, a storied philanthropist family. Shortly after the death of Brooke Astor in 2007, her only child, Anthony Marshall, was indicted on charges of looting her estate. Author Meryl Gordon talks to Scott Simon about the book.
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Jun 7, 2008 — William Hague is the shadow foreign secretary of Britain's Conservative Party, and was once head of the party. Since leaving full-time work in politics, he's been writing political biographies. The latest is called William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner. Scott Simon speaks to the author about how Wilberforce's personality and religious faith informed his anti-slavery activism.
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Sep 30, 2007 — Once hailed as one of the richest men alive, Chuck Feeney transferred his billions to a foundation, which is giving it all away. The reclusive founder of the world's largest duty-free retail chain flew under the radar for years. But at 76, he's stepping into the spotlight.
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Sep 16, 2006 — Julius Rosenwald built Sears & Roebuck into a corporate power, then turned to philanthropy. His Rosenwald Schools educated African-American children throughout the rural South. Grandson, Peter Ascoli has written a biography.
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Oct 9, 2004 — Han Ong, a playwright and MacArthur "genius grant" winner, has written a novel called The Disinherited. The book is set in his homeland, the Philippines, but written at a distance. Ong describes his work in a conversation with NPR's Liane Hansen.
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