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Thursday, July 10, 2014

A screen shot of Edward Snowden's NBC interview. (NBC)

The latest Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA targeted particular Muslim-Americans for surveillance. Shane Harris, Senior Writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers, weighs in. Plus: The near future might bring instant access to doctors via email, Skype, or text; "coming out" on your resume might actually help job-seekers; parents feel the pressure to enroll their kids in extracurricular summer camps; and U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

This Week in NSA: Muslim Spying, Thousands of Emails

This week brings news about the NSA from the Edward Snowden leaks, from the extent of their surveillance on everyday communication to the fact that they targeted particular Muslim-Americans. We begin with Hooshang Amirahmadi, professor and former director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University, and one of five Muslim-Americans spied on between 2002 and 2008, per Glenn Greenwald in The Intercept.

→ Click Here for Quotes and More from the Interview with Amirahmadi

Then, Shane Harris, senior writer at Foreign Policy and author of The Watchers discusses the news and updates our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do.

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When "Coming Out" on Resumes Can Help

Some studies indicate that "coming out" on your resume might help you find a job — especially if you're an African American man. Yitz Jordan aka rapper "Y-Love," a senior developer and contributor to Quartz who identifies as black, gay, and Jewish, discusses what that might mean in the context of President Obama's plan to prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation for federal contractors.

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An Illustrated Contrarian U.S. History Book

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, discusses his new graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History Of The United States, an examination of U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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Why Can't We Email Our Doctors?

Some physicians are making themselves more accessible via email, Skype, or text — but many patients complain their doctors aren't making the digital leap fast enough. What are your approaches to communication?

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Muslim-American Professor Spied on by NSA: 'They Owe Me An Explanation'

Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi isn't angry, but he thinks the NSA should use its resources more wisely. "They were looking into my emails," he says, and meanwhile "ISIS in Iraq took over the country."

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