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Domestic Spying; Will Forte; Kandinsky at the Neue Galerie; Coerced Guity Pleas

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Monday, December 16, 2013

On today’s show: New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza traces the history National Security Agency's intelligence programs since 9/11, and looks at efforts to get the N.S.A. to be more forthcoming about domestic spying programs. Will Forte talks about moving from SNL to co-star opposite Bruce Dern in Alexander Payne’s latest film "Nebraska." We’ll find out about an exhibition at the Neue Galerie of the pioneering abstract painter Vassily Kandinsky. Jamie Fellner of Human Rights Watch discusses how federal prosecutors coerce drug defendants to waive their right to a trial.

Ryan Lizza on the NSA's "State of Deception"

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza traces the history of the National Security Agency’s intelligence programs, from 9/11 to today. For his latest article, “State of Deception.” He speaks with key players in the intelligence community, including Senators Dianne Feinstein and Ron Wyden, and Matthew G. Olsen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and a key member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has for years been fighting to get the N.S.A. to be more forthcoming about domestic spy programs. Lizza looks at how the leaks from Edward Snowden may provide the momentum for changing the law.

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Will Forte on SNL and "Nebraska"

Will Forte talks about moving from Saturday Night Live to his role in Alexander Payne’s film “Nebraska.”

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Vasily Kandinsky at the Neue Galerie

The exhibition of masterworks explores the development of Kandinsky’s art from the Blaue Reiter period into the pure abstraction and total environments of his Bauhaus years.

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How Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty

Jamie Fellner, senior advisor to the US Program at Human Rights Watch, discusses how federal prosecutors routinely threaten extraordinarily severe prison sentences to coerce drug defendants into waiving their right to trial and pleading guilty. She’s the author of a Human Rights Watch report “An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How US Federal Prosecutors Force Drug Defendants to Plead Guilty.”

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Guest Picks: Will Forte

Will Forte was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his role as David, who helps his estranged father (played by Bruce Dern), in the new film, Nebraska. He also told us how he discovered Yeats's poetry and became a fan of skiing. Find out by reading his Guest Picks below!

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Guest Picks: Scott Adams

Scott Adams was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his journey from hapless office worker to the creator of Dilbert, the comic strip that chronicles the lives of hapless office workers. He also told us what he's a fan of. 

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