They’re Listening

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

The National Security Administration is being accused of intercepting private telephone calls and e-mail messages. New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt (D-12th) is investigating the claims. Plus, the latest from Iran; Google Translate’s artificial language intelligence; and the Getting Around series wraps up.


Rush Holt

NSA Monitoring

U.S. Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ), chairman of the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel, talks about his investigations on why the National Security Agency monitored the emails of American citizens.

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Understanding Iran

Reza Aslan, member of the Council on Foreign Relations, columnist at the Daily and author of How to Win a Cosmic War: God, Globalization and the End of the War on Terror analyzes the situation in Iran and the role of the Islamic Republic in the lives of ...

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Babel Rouser

This week, to help the flow of information in and out of Iran, Google rushed to add Persian (or Farsi) to the languages included in its new Google Translate service. Peter Norvig, Director of Research at Google, discusses the translation project.

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Getting Skilled

Richard Sennett, a professor of sociology at NYU and the London School of Economics and author of several books including The Craftsman, on why skilled workers with real-life experience in certain industries are still in high demand despite the recession. Do you have skills envy or skills ...

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SCOTUS Decisions

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at and founding editor of Double X, a women's website, discusses the four decisions that came down from the US Supreme Court today.


NYC Rules: Getting Around

All this month, the Getting Around series looks at the unwritten rules for traveling in and around New York City, whether it's underground, on the ground, or in the air. Billie Cohen, deputy editor of Time Out New York, is the unwritten rules guru for ...

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Unspoken rules for getting 'round above ground

This month we've been looking at the unspoken rules of etiquette that, if followed, would make commuting in NYC smoother, less harried and more pleasant.

In our last segment, New York subway riders spoke out about what drives them crazy about traveling underground. Our listeners had plenty to say about ...

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Uncommon Economics Video: Brooklyn Small Business

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