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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Update to Our List of What We Know the NSA Can Do (So Far)

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

In January, we started keeping a running list of technology the NSA has at its disposal -- disclosed by the documents stolen by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and leaked to the media. Shane Harris, senior staff writer at Foreign Policy, returns to discuss the updates to the list since he was last on.

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On The Media

Watch Edward Snowden's SXSW Video Interview

Monday, March 10, 2014

Edward Snowden spoke live via video conference with the ACLU's Christopher Soghoian today at 12PM EST about the NSA's spying on the tech community and technological solutions to avoid surveillance. If you missed it, you can watch below.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Edward Snowden: Wanted Man

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Edward Snowden exposed the United States government’s mass surveillance programs in the most spectacular intelligence breach ever. Guardian reporter Luke Harding tells Snowden’s astonishing story—from the day he left Honolulu carrying a hard drive full of secrets to the weeks of his secret-spilling in Hong Kong to his battle for asylum and his exile in Moscow. In The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, Harding brings together the many sources and strands of the story—touching on everything from concerns about domestic spying to the complicity of the tech sector.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Putin Welcomes Snowden to Sochi

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, discusses Edward Snowden's effect on the Sochi games, and whether his presence could negate any potential deals.

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The Takeaway

A Cryptologist's Critique of NSA Reforms

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Cryptologists have their own opinions about how best to protect the American public. And because they design many of the privacy programs that the National Security Agency has thwarted, they have a unique perspective on how best to reform the agency. Joseph Bonneau, a cryptologist and winner of the NSA's Best Scientific Cybersecurity Paper award for his work on passwords and encryption, discusses his profession's long history of conflict with the NSA.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Case Against Clemency for Snowden

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist, author of The Insurgents, and the Edward R. Murrow press fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations discusses his recent Slate piece, "Why Snowden Won't (and Shouldn't) Get Clemency."

 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Against Clemency for Snowden; The Role of the City Council Speaker; The Bisexual Label; War on Poverty Anniversary

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

While some are calling for NSA leaker Edward Snowden to be granted clemency, Slate’s Fred Kaplan disagrees. He explains his position. Plus: The new City Council convenes to pick a new speaker today. Capital New York’s Sally Goldenberg reports on the race and the evolving powers of the speaker; the bisexuality label and changing attitudes toward bisexuality; Peniel Joseph, author, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, discusses poverty in the U.S. today, 50 years after President Johnson declared a war on poverty; and “because” – the American Dialect Society’s word of the year. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Amnesty for Snowden?

Friday, January 03, 2014

Calls to give Edward Snowden whistleblower protections are growing, including from editorials in The New York Times and The Guardian. Amy Davidson, author of The New Yorker's "Close Read" blog, talks about the options for Snowden.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Leniency for Snowden?; Clyde Haberman; Spiderman

Friday, January 03, 2014

From editorial boards to members of Congress, some are calling for leniency for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Amy Davidson of The New Yorker talks about the attitudes toward the whistle blower. Plus: what the changes to Medicaid and Medicare mean for you; Clyde Haberman on over 30 years at The New York Times; and the saga of Spiderman on Broadway.

The Takeaway

So You've Hit Your Peak. Now What?

Friday, December 27, 2013

Have I peaked? It might seem like a depressing question, but Todd May, a professor of philosophy at Clemson University, believes it’s a worthy one. What is there to do when we think we’ve reached our zenith? May  makes the case for reflecting on our peak.

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The Takeaway

Greenwald on Snowden Leaks: "Hold Me Accountable"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped Edward Snowden break news of the NSA’s mas surveillance apparatus, has found himself in the middle one of the year’s biggest news stories. In this second half of a two-part interview with The Takeaway, Greenwald shifts his focus from national security issues to the meaning of responsible journalism. “The public will ultimately judge what it is that I do just like anybody else who’s acting in a way that affects public life, and I think that’s how it should be,” he says.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Tom McClintock: "Congress Should Prosecute James Clapper"

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

NSA officials are mulling a possible amnesty for leaker Edward Snowden. In exchange for the safe return of the rest of the documents he took from the NSA, Snowden could come back to the U.S. and avoid prosecution. The White House yesterday said that it opposes amnesty, while officials in the NSA are split. One supporter of an amnesty deal is Congressman Tom McClintock, a Republican representing California's Fourth District, who joins The Takeaway to discuss a possible deal.

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On The Media

A Flood of FOIAs

Friday, November 22, 2013

In the wake of the information about the NSA leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden, the NSA has seen the volume of FOIA requests for the agency go through the roof. Brooke talks with Pamela Phillips, the chief of the NSA Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Office about how the agency is dealing with the sudden influx of requests, and what kinds of requests are rejected outright.

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On The Media

Glenn Greenwald's Departure From the Guardian

Friday, October 18, 2013

This week, Glenn Greenwald, now a household name for his role in reporting the Edward Snowden leaks, announced he was leaving The Guardian for a "a once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity." Brooke talks to pressthink.org's Jay Rosen about that opportunity and how it could differ from current journalistic endeavors.

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New Tech City

Lavabit Founder Talks about Snowden While Under a Gag Order for Hosting His Email

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Another peek into the NSA snooping scandal comes to us today via unsealed court documents in the case of Lavabit, a secure email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That email service was run by Ladar Levison, an interesting character. He stopped by the New Tech City studios last week, donuts and Red Bull in hand. 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

National Security Journalism Under Fire

Monday, August 19, 2013

At the London airport this weekend, David Miranda, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald's partner (and professional collaborator) was detained under Terrorism Act 2000 for 9 hours and questioned about the information supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Also over the weekend, Time magazine reporter Michael Grunwald tweeted (and quickly deleted) that he would defend a drone strike that "takes out" Wikileaks' Julian Assange. Amy Davidson, who writes the "Close Read" column for The New Yorker, discusses the role of national security journalism in the digital age, and why so many reporters feel so intimidated.

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On The Media

The Annoying Technology Journalists Should Be Using

Friday, August 16, 2013

The way Edward Snowden communicated with the Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, the journalists who eventually wrote stories based on his NSA leaks, was by using encryption software. One of the most popular forms of encryption is called PGP, or "Pretty Good Privacy." Brooke talks to Gawker staff writer Adrian Chen about trying to set up PGP on his computer and how it should be the baseline for national security reporters.

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On The Media

A New Security Standard For Journalists, Al Jazeera America, and More

Friday, August 16, 2013

How Edward Snowden leaked information to the press, and the new baseline for online journalistic best practice, NPR's Ombudsman releases a scathing report on an NPR series, a reporter doing seven years of reporting on foot, and a pre-launch visit to the new Al Jazeera America.

WNYC News

Watch Live: President Obama Addresses Russia Summit, Mideast Terror Alerts

Friday, August 09, 2013

President Obama holds a formal press conference today where he is expected to address chilly tensions in Russia after a cancelled summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, who leaked sensitive NSA information.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

US-Russia Relations; Aging Parents; The Sports Gene

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

David Kramer, the president of Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S. – Russia relations since the Edward Snowden affair. Plus: a federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT is changing to an all-male facility; managing relationships between adult children and their older parents; and Sports Illustrated writer David Epstein on his new book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance