Michele Norris talks with entrepreneur Peter Thiel about his foundation's latest endeavor: a fellowship that encourages young people with big ideas to drop out of college and pursue their dreams. The "Twenty Under Twenty" fellowship provides $100,000 over a two-year period to each of the recipients. Their projects range from technological advances to new educational ideas. Thiel suggests that higher education is over valued. And he argues that sometimes the university setting is actually an obstacle to innovation. Thiel is a co-founder of Pay Pal and an early investor in Facebook.
The man most-wanted by the U.N. war crimes tribunal, a fugitive on the run for 16 years, Ratko Mladic has been arrested. Serbian president Boris Tadic announced the Serbian Intelligence Agency had found Mladic in the north of the country. There, he's said to have assumed another identity. Now, Mladic will be sent to The Hague in the Netherlands to wait for a trial.
Writer Gary Shteyngart recently won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse prize for comic fiction. The 11-year-old award was named for British author P.G. Wodehouse and has been awarded to Brits — until this year when it was given to a self-proclaimed Russian-Jewish nebbish from New York. Shteyngart won for his third work of fiction, Super Sad True Love Story, and he will be given a pig named after the novel as a part of the prize. Shteyngart told Robert Siegel, "This is what I've been writing for all my life.
The Supreme Court of the United States has upheld an Arizona law that would allow the state to penalize businesses that hire illegal immigrants. NPR's Nina Totenberg tells Robert Siegel about the opinion.