September 22, 2006

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Daniel Ellsberg on leaking, Michael Pollan on spinach, and Mark Warner on virtual campaigning.

Fool Me Twice

With tensions escalating between Washington and Tehran, and the IAEA trying to cut through both sides’ spin, some in the intelligence community are getting an eerie sense of déjà vu. Guest host Mark Jurkowitz talks to McClatchy Newspapers foreign affairs correspondent Warren Strobel about what journalists can do this time ...

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Unplug It!

In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times. Now, with bellicosity about Iran in the Beltway air, Ellsberg is renewing his call for insiders to leak. He and Brooke discuss the tension between government employees’ contract to keep secrets and their oath to uphold the ...

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Royal Canadian Mounted Mistake

Maher Arar is not a terrorist, according to a report released this week by a government commission in Ottawa. The document describes how Canadian and U.S. law enforcement blunders led to Arar’s deportation to his native Syria, where he was held for ten months as a suspected Al Qaeda sympathizer ...

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With Friends Like These

The Associated Press revealed this week that its Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, Bilal Hussein, has been detained by the U.S. military since April. Military officials say they believe Hussein has close ties to insurgents. The AP says “then charge him with something!” AP executive editor Kathleen Carroll speaks with Mark Jurkowitz.

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Strong to the Finish

When E. coli made its way into a California spinach field, it brought down a vegetable that has enjoyed a remarkable run in the popular imagination. But how did the vegetable acquire its reputation as the leafy-green-that-could? Brooke speaks with food writer Michael Pollan about the spinach industry’s successes – ...

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Second Chances

Former Virginia governor and presidential hopeful Mark Warner recently took one small step for politicians, when he became the first major politician to deliver a press conference in Second Life, a virtual online world. Warner tells Brooke why his campaign schedule included Second Life, and why he’ll be stumping there ...

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Second Thoughts

Second Life is not a game, its creators and residents insist, but rather a virtual world, with an ever-growing population. It attracts real-world investors like Harvard University, and real-world performers like Suzanne Vega. Brooke speaks with economists, gamers, politicians and journalists about the lure of reinventing the real-world online. And ...

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