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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Technology journalist Julia Angwin discusses her latest series about the information that companies, websites, and even police agencies can collect about you based on your Internet searches. Then Thomas French gives an account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants: both animal and human. And Stefanie Syman tells the story of yoga’s transformation from a centuries-old spiritual discipline to a multibillion-dollar American industry. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at India’s Maoist insurgency and pharmaceutical counterfeiting in Southeast Asia.

Tech Reporter Julia Angwin on "What They Know"

Julia Angwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning technology journalist for the Wall Street Journal, discusses her latest series for the newspaper, "What They Know:" an exploration of the information that companies, websites, and even police agencies can collect on you based on your Internet searches.

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Zoo Story

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas French gives an account of the secret life of a zoo and its inhabitants: both animal and human. Based on six years of research, his book Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives follows a handful of characters at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo: from an alpha chimp, to a ferocious tiger, to a brilliant but tyrannical CEO.

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Yoga in America

Stefanie Syman tells the story of yoga’s transformation from a centuries-old spiritual discipline to a multibillion-dollar American industry. Her book The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga in America looks at yoga’s history in America and finds it to be longer and richer than even its most devoted practitioners realize.

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Backstory: India’s Maoist Insurgency

An explosion of mining in India has fueled the country’s economic boom, but it has also helped fan the flames of a deadly Maoist insurgency there. On today’s Backstory segment we’ll talk with Jason Miklian, a researcher at Peace Institute Oslo, and Scott Carney, an investigative journalist and contributing editor for Wired, about their article on the insurgency called Fire in the Hole for the September/October issue of Foreign Policy magazine.

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Underreported: Counterfeit Drugs

Journalist Paula Park discusses the proliferation of counterfeit drugs around the world, and how these fake medications have led to the development of drug-resistant strains of malaria. We’ll find out who’s making and distributing these counterfeit drugs, and more about the efforts being made in Cambodia and other countries to close down illegal outlets. Her article “Lethal Counterfeits” appeared in World Policy Journal’s summer issue.

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