Tribeca Film Festival Live

The Hacker and The Spy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Valerie Plame was a CIA operative during the Bush administration until the media blew her cover. Hear Plame, hacker Ralph Echemendia and others discuss secrets in the age of Wikileaks.


The Sporkful

Even Spies Hate Stale Bread: Secrets Of The CIA Cafeteria Revealed

Monday, March 23, 2015

We talk to a guy whose Freedom of Information Act request pried open the CIA cafeteria suggestion box. Turns out even spies hate stale bread. Plus the unwritten rules of office potlucks.

The Takeaway

Valerie Plame on the New Age of National Security

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Valerie Plame and her husband were whistleblowers in the lead up to the Iraq War. She reflects on Iraq today, Edward Snowden's revelations, and her new novel.

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The Takeaway

Yes, Your School is Watching You

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Around the country, schools are considering whether it's their responsibility - or if it’s even their right - to keep track of kids when they’re online, but off campus. Two educators who stand on different sides of the issue give their take. Brian Gatens is superintendent of Norwood Public School District in New Jersey. He believes that schools should not be in the business of monitoring students 24/7. And Martha Haakmat is Head of School at Brooklyn Heights Montessori in New York. She believes a school's responsibilities extend beyond the school walls



Drone It To Me, Baby

Friday, August 30, 2013

Drones are for spying, right? Right. But if Jasper van Loenen's idea works, drones will also become private moving vans. Crows won't like this. Trees won't like this. I'm not sure I like this. But you've got to see Jasper's instant-drone deliver a bicycle wheel across campus ...

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The Takeaway

American Diplomat Suspected of Espionage Detained by Russian Authorities

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

On Monday night, Russian authorities detained an employee of the American embassy named Ryan Christopher Fogle. They accused him of working for the CIA, and trying to recruit Russian agents for espionage. Fogle is alleged to have been found wearing a wig, carrying millions of euros, and instructions for divulging information to the US via a fake email account. Gordon Corera, author of The Art of Betrayal: The Secret History of MI6, and BBC security correspondent explains.

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The Takeaway

The Secret World of Espionage Comes to New York

Friday, May 25, 2012

John Hockenberry visits the new spying exhibit at the Discovery Center in Times Square. He peruses hundreds of artifacts from the CIA, FBI, and National Reconnaissance Office with Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former New York Times reporter who wrote the definitive history of the CIA.

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Niche Market | Spy Shop

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market will take a peek inside a different specialty store and showcase the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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The Takeaway

Former Liberian Dictator Charles Taylor Worked for US Spy Agencies

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor is infamous for many atrocities. As one of the first African leaders to be tried for war crimes, Taylor was a notorious dictator who oversaw the murder of over one million people. He was also an active participant in the diamonds-for-guns trade, and at one point gifted Naomi Campbell a pouch of blood diamonds. Monday the Boston Globe revealed that during his rise as a ruthless despot, Taylor worked with U.S. spy agencies like the CIA and Pentagon since the early 1980s.


Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Fry Edition

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner ponder the mysteries of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and explore the verbal tic known as vocal fry. For their final segment, they are joined by Slate’s chairman Jac


The Takeaway

Former CIA Officer: I Was Asked to Spy on War Critic

Monday, June 20, 2011

Since the days of Watergate, when President Richard Nixon's White House collected information on political enemies, the Central Intelligence Agency has been prohibited from spying on American citizens inside the country. But in a recent article in The New York Times, Glenn Carle—a former senior CIA official—said there were at least two occasions when the George W. Bush White House asked intelligence officers to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole. Cole is a fierce critic of the Iraq War and professor at the University of Michigan. We talk with Carle, who was also a top counterterrorism official, about these alleged spying attempts by the Bush administration.

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The Takeaway

Julia Child and Paul Child: The Spy Years

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Before Julia Child was a famous cookbook author, before she became television’s first iconic television chef, and long before she was played by Meryl Streep in the Nora Ephron film “Julie and Julia,” Julia Child worked for the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS. The OSS was a spy organization formed during World War II and was a predecessor to the CIA. Julia met Paul Child while they both served in the OSS in the 1940s.



The Takeaway

C.I.A and Google Invest in Web Monitoring Company

Friday, July 30, 2010

Google Ventures and In-Q-Tel, the investment arms of Google and the C.I.A., are both backing a start-up company called Recorded Future that monitors activity and text on the Web in real time and uses the information to spot early trends and events. The company also attempts to take current data and model what's going to happen in the future...

Google is not directly collaborating with the C.I.A., but its actions are likely to cause some unease for those already worried about whether the company can be trusted to protect consumers' privacy.