Master Class

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross talks about the raging cyber-war. Tyne Daly discusses playing Maria Callas in “Master Class.” Our latest Summer Stuff installment looks at how to make the most out of summer in the city. Plus, we’ll have our latest Underreported and Backstory segments.

Cyber War

Vanity Fair contributing editor Michael Joseph Gross looks at the scope of the raging cyber-war and gives details of what happened at Google during their 2009 attack. He also reveals information on a government-initiated program—Operation Starlight—to combat cyber-attacks. Gross was the first to report on Operation Shady RAT, which cyber-security firm McAfee has just released details of. His article “Enter the Cyber Dragon” appears in the September issue of Vanity Fair. He’s also written a Web exclusive, “Operation Shady RAT—Unprecedented Cyber-espionage Campaign and Intellectual-Property Bonanza.”

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Tyne Daly on “Master Class”

Tony and Emmy Award winner Tyne Daly talks about starring in Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of Terrence McNally’s “Master Class.” The play takes us to one of Maria Callas’ famous master classes, where, late in her own career, she dares the next generation to make the same sacrifices and rise to the same heights that made her the most celebrated and the most controversial singer of her time. “Master Class” is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street, through September 4.

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Summer Stuff: Camping

For this week’s Summer Stuff segment, Kristin Hostetter, Gear Editor for Backpacker magazine, tells us the best places to camp in the New York area, gives a rundown of essential gear and wilderness skills for campers and backpackers, and shares ideas about what foods to bring, what to cook, and how to camp—and backpack—most comfortably.

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Backstory: European Reaction to the US Credit Downgrade

Markets around the world have been reacting this week to Standard & Poor’s decision to downgrade their rating of U.S. credit. On today’s first Backstory, Richard Milne, Capital Markets Editor at the Financial Times, explains what the downgrade means for European nations, and we’ll look at the steps that the European Central Bank took early this week to assuage investors’ fears about Spain and Italy’s ongoing debt problems.

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Backstory: Debt Settlement Companies

This week the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced it is issuing 15 subpoenas to companies that promise “debt settlement” services—but in many cases seem unable to deliver. DCA Commissioner Jonathan Mintz joins us to explain the investigation and why the debt settlement industry represented the single greatest consumer fraud of the year.

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