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The Takeaway

An Imprisoned CIA Whistleblower Breaks His Silence

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

When John Kiriakou was imprisoned for leaking classified information, he became the first (and only) CIA officer to be imprisoned for leaks, or for any involvement with torture.

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PRI's The World

ISIS is moving to the 'top of the list' of counterterrorism worries

Monday, August 11, 2014

Move over, al-Qaeda: The militants of ISIS are becoming a huge concern for counterterrorism officials as they gain battlefield experience and recruit new jihadis from as far away as Europe and the United States.

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The Takeaway

Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

US-German relations strained over new spying allegations

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On The Media

Intelligence Community Directive 119

Friday, June 13, 2014

Back in April, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s website quietly posted Intelligence Community Directive 119, whose implications could be devastating for journalists. Bob speaks to Steven Aftergood about what effect this directive could have on contact between intelligence officials and the press.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cass Sunstein's Dangerous Ideas

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School professor, recent administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), member of the President's Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies and the author of Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas (Simon & Schuster, 2014), talks about his new essay collection around the theme of why smart people and groups of people decide badly.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Genius

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week’s Please Explain is all about genius. Dean Keith Simonton, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, talks about what exceptional intelligence is and how it can influence creativity, leadership and achievement. And we’ll find out how genius and intelligence are measured.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Better Living Through Technology

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better tells us why he thinks technology isn't making us dumber -- it's actually improving our  memory, cognition, and more.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Mazzetti on the CIA's Shadow War

Friday, August 30, 2013

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Mark Mazzetti gives an account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines around the world. In The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, Mazzetti tells the story of that shadow war, a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies.

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Radiolab

Why Dolphins Make Us Nervous

Thursday, June 13, 2013

India has just banned dolphin entertainment parks. They are "morally unacceptable," says a government ministry. Meanwhile, on the other side of the planet, the U.S. Navy announced that 24 dolphins trained to sniff for underwater mines will be replaced by robots.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Did Intelligence Director Clapper Lie About Spying?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War, discusses statements by National Intelligence Director James Clapper about the extent of electronic surveillance, and whether he lied under oath. Plus, what Edward Snowden's latest disclosure, to a Chinese newspaper, means for his credibility and legal status.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Redefining Intelligence

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman—who was relegated to special education as a child—argues that the way we traditionally measure intelligence is misguided. In Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined he looks at the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional ideas about the childhood predictors of adult success.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Understanding the National-Secrecy-Complex

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Edward Snowden was a contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton when he accessed NSA intelligence information and leaked it to The Guardian and The Washington PostMarc Ambinder, editor-at-large at The Week and author of the book Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry, discusses the state of national security infrastructure -- and how "secret" something can be if a contractor has access to it.

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On Being

Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain [remix]

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettle

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On Being

[Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettle

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The Takeaway

Boston Bombing: Was There an Intelligence System Failure?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tim Weiner, author of "Enemies: A History of the FBI" and "Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" explains how terrorist threats are identified, and how information is, or is not shared across federal agencies.

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The Takeaway

Congress Questions Actions of FBI and CIA on Handling of Tsarnaev Case

Friday, April 26, 2013

Congress now wants to know why the FBI did not pursue further investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston bombing suspect killed last week. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich walks us through how Congress is digesting the Boston attacks, and what that might mean for security policy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Mazzetti on the CIA's Secret Army and Shadow War

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Mark Mazzetti gives an account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines around the world. In The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earth, Mazzetti tells the story of that shadow war, a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies.

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Annotations: The NEH Preservation Project

W. Somerset Maugham Contemplates the Future of American Writers

Friday, November 16, 2012

WNYC

In this 1950 speech given at a Books and Authors Luncheon, W. Somerset Maugham lays out his surprisingly detailed plan for a foreign academy to promote the growth of American literature.

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The Truth

The Modern Prometheus

Friday, November 02, 2012

What happens when a corporation becomes a person? In this satire by Tony Award-winning playwright Greg Kotis, we follow a company called Geneva Mutual that becomes a sentient being. Performed by Louis Kornfeld, Rachel Hamilton, Tom Ligon, Chet Siegel,...

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