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Head of the NSA; FISA Courts; Lionel Shriver's Big Brother; Big Data

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

National Security Agency (NSA) (Chris Hardie/flickr)

On today’s show: Wired magazine’s James Bamford fills us in on General Keith Alexander, the four-star general who leads the National Security Agency. We’ll look at the FISA courts and the efforts to make their rulings public. Ed Hardy on building a billion-dollar brand out of his love of tattoos. Lionel Shriver talks about her latest novel, Big Brother. Plus, we’ll find out how corporations are competing to get as much information as they can about their consumers.  

James Bamford on General Alexander, Head of the NSA

Wired magazine’s James Bamford talks about General Keith Alexander, a four-star Army general who’s the director of the National Security Agency, chief of the Central Security Service, and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. Bamford looks at General Alexander’s power and the secret military he runs in his article “The Secret War,” in Wired magazine.

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FISA Courts Secret Rulings

Elizabeth Goitein, Co-Director of the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, discusses the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court and efforts to make its secret rulings public.

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Ed Hardy on His Life in Tattoos

Tatoo artist Ed Hardy talks about his life as a tattoo artists and how he created his branding empire. His memoir Wear Your Dreams: My Life in Tattoos is about how he helped fomented the explosion of tattoo art.

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Lionel Shriver's Novel Big Brother

Lionel Shriver discusses her new novel, Big Brother, about siblings, marriage, and obesity. For Pandora, cooking is a form of love, but her husband has begun to spurns the “toxic” dishes she makes and spends hours each day manically cycling. When Pandora’s brother comes to visit she doesn’t recognize him because he has gained hundreds of pounds. When he overstays his welcome, Pandora’s husband delivers an  ultimatum: It’s him or me.

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Privacy and Big Data

Emily Steel, the Financial Times' Media and Marketing correspondent, discusses Big Data and the corporate competition to accumulate information about consumers. She looks at new data analytics products and services in today's industry, the future of data broker laws and regulations, and what privacy advocates are doing.

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Guest Picks: Darlene Love

Singer Darlene Love was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about her days as a backup singer. She's featured in the documentary, "Twenty Feet from Stardom," and we were also joined by former backup singer Merry Clayton and director Morgan Neville. Darlene Love told us what she's been listening to, ever since she saw the documentary. 

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