Yesterday, in a predictably partisan vote, the House of Representatives’ GOP majority narrowly voted to defund National Public Radio. The object of the proposed legislation is to deny local public radio stations the federal funds they need to purchase national NPR programming, essentially hastening their extinction. Given the budgetary battles raging on Capital Hill, it would stand to reason that the GOP has similar intentions for PBS. Currently the only safeguard for the CPB is the U.S. Senate, where the House bill will likely fizzle. In an interview with CBS News, Mike Risken, NPR’s VP of Policy and Representation explains how, and why, Republicans are circling public radio’s wagons.