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The Takeaway

The Secret War For Puerto Rico

Monday, April 13, 2015

In the 1950s, the United States violently put down a revolution in Puerto Rico and worked to cover it up. Now over 50 years later, the truth is coming out.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Before Snowden, There Was the Citizens Commission

Friday, February 06, 2015

On March 8, 1971, The Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, broke into a small FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, took every file, and shared them with the American public.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Gangster Whitey Bulger, Corruption, and the FBI

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger and Whitey Bulger's attorney Hank Brennan discuss the trial and new evidence of corruption in the FBI and Department of Justice that allowed Whitey's criminal empire to thrive.

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The Takeaway

FBI, DEA Now Required to Videotape Interrogations

Friday, May 23, 2014

Starting on July 11, 2014, agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service will be required to videotape their interrogations, with a few exceptions.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Targeted by the FBI

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Mother Jones senior editor Nick Baumann discusses his article  "There's No Law For Me Here," which tells the story of Naji Mansour, an American expat who came under suspicion of having ties to terrorism. Mansour was interrogated, held in squalid conditions, and forced into exile, unable to see his children for years. Family members and recorded conversations with U.S. law enforcement agents suggest that Mansour was targeted for refusing to serve as an FBI informant. His article "There's No Law For Me Here" is in the June 2014 issue of Mother Jones.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Not a Rat, a Cat

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mark Riley, journalist and political analyst, discusses recent revelations that Rev. Al Sharpton cooperated with the FBI to get information from one of New York's most notorious mafia crime families in the 1980s.

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WNYC News

Rev. Al Sharpton Says He's Not a Rat

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

WNYC

The Rev. Al Sharpton said a report indicating that he was a paid FBI informant in the 1980s is old news. But he acknowledged he worked with the FBI while he was in the music business to protect himself from the mob.

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The Takeaway

In Search of a Stolen Stradivarius

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Earlier this week, Milwaukee concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to a car after a performance when his 1715 Stradivarius violin was stolen by a thief. A former FBI special agent discussed the world of high art theft and the history of stolen violins.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Roger Ailes Built Fox News; June Squibb on "Nebraska"; Kim Fu's Debut Novel; Betty Medsger on the 1971 FBI Break-in

Monday, January 27, 2014

On today’s show: Gabriel Sherman talks about Fox News founder Roger Ailes and how he’s built the most influential television news empire today. June Squibb on her Oscar-nominated performance in the film, “Nebraska.” Kim Fu discusses her debut novel, For Today I Am a Boy, about the only son in a family of 4 kids who’s pretty sure he’s really a girl. And Betty Medsger tells the story of how a 1971 break-in at a Pennsylvania FBI office confirmed that J. Edgar Hoover was running a shadow agency that targeted civil rights activists and antiwar groups.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Burglary that Revealed J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI

Monday, January 27, 2014

Betty Medsger tells the full story of a group of unlikely activists who broke into an FBI office outside Philadelphia to steal files, which they sent to journalists and members of Congress. Those files revealed J. Edgar Hoover’s “secret counterintelligence program” COINTELPRO, set up in 1956 to investigate and disrupt dissident political groups in the United States, many of them legal civil rights organizations and antiwar groups that Hoover found offensive—as well as black power groups, student activists, antidraft protestors, conscientious objectors. In The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI Medsger gives a full account of the break in and how it changed the FBI and the country.

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On The Media

The Myth of 'Blue Monday,' The Campaign for Creationism, and a Lying Cyborg Telemarketer

Friday, January 10, 2014

Journalists converge on two of their favorite wintertime topics, extreme weather and 'Blue Monday.' The FBI re-brands itself and much more.

On The Media

FBI Rebranding?

Friday, January 10, 2014

In an article for Foreign Policy’s ‘The Cable”, reporter John Hudson noted a substitution in the FBI’s fact sheet: its primary function had been changed from ‘law enforcement’ to ‘national security.’ Brooke talks to Tim Weiner, author of Enemies: A History of the FBI, about this not so new mission statement. 

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On The Media

G-Men

Friday, January 10, 2014

In recent years the FBI has faced increasing criticism over a series of high profile blunders, and this week's discovery of the identities of the 1971 Media burglars reminded us of some of the agency's more sinister activities. But despite all the negative coverage, the media has always had a soft spot for the G-Men. Brooke looks back on a piece from 2001 in light of these recent revelations. 

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The Takeaway

The Burglary That Exposed FBI Surveillance

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

On March 8, 1971, a small group of activists calling themselves the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI staged a break-in of FBI offices in Media, Pennsylvania. The files they discovered there revealed that J. Edgar Hoover had authorized the wide-scale surveillance and intimidation of anti-war protesters and other dissident groups. Retro Report producer Bonnie Bertram looks back on that break-in and its consequences.

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The Takeaway

Ex-FBI Agent That Disappeared in Iran Actually on Rogue CIA Mission

Friday, December 13, 2013

More than 6 years ago, Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent, disappeared in Iran. He has been presumed to be a hostage of some kind, a designation that the U.S. government has not taken issue with. But now it turns out that Levinson may actually be a casualty of a CIA operation gone wrong. Tim Weiner is a former reporter for our partner The New York Times and author of "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" and "Enemies: The History of the FBI." He joins The Takeaway to discuss Levinson's case.

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On The Media

Why One Mom's Investigation Might Actually Stop Revenge Porn

Friday, December 06, 2013

Hunter Moore, the notorious creator of revenge porn site isanyoneup.com, sold the domain and closed the site in the spring of 2012. That's most likely due to an ongoing FBI investigation and harassment from the hacker collective Anonymous. But neither the FBI nor Anonymous would have ever pursued Moore if not for the investigation conducted by one woman: Charlotte Laws. Brooke talks with Laws about what sparked her in-depth research on Moore, and how state laws have changed since information from Laws' investigation has come to light. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Informant"

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Filmmaker Jamie Meltzer talks about his documentary “Informant,” along with left-wing activist turned FBI informant Brandon Darby, the subject of the film. "Informant" opens at Lincoln Center and is available on demand starting September 13.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Investigative reporter Seth Rosenfeld traces the FBI’s secret involvement with three iconic figures who clashed at Berkeley during the 1960s: the ambitious neophyte politician Ronald Reagan, the fierce but fragile radical Mario Savio, and the liberal university president Clark Kerr. Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power looks at the campus counterculture and reveals how the FBI’s covert operations—led by Reagan’s friend J. Edgar Hoover—helped ignite an era of protest, undermine the Democrats, and benefit Reagan personally and politically.

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On The Media

The FBI's Anti-Piracy Warning

Friday, July 26, 2013

For years, Brooke's husband Fred has been pestering her to find out if anyone has received the "5 years in prison and or a $250,000 fine" for violating the FBI's anti-piracy warning you see at the start of DVDs. Brooke talks to the FBI's Financial Crimes Section Chief Angela Byers to see if she can get Fred his answer.

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On The Media

Another Weiner Scandal, Opting in to Watch Porn, and More

Friday, July 26, 2013

Outing the woman at the center of the latest Anthony Weiner scandal, a new rule in the UK that would make people opt in to view porn on the internet, and the last defendant battling the recording industry over his illegal file sharing.