July 23, 2010

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Friday, July 23, 2010

The growing U.S. intelligence industry, controversy at Google Maps, remembering Daniel Schorr.

Reporting on Top Secret America

This week The Washington Post released the first three installments of a series called Top Secret America , about the boom in government agencies and private companies dealing with intelligence and security in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. William M. Arkin, one of the ...

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"Perfect Citizen" to Detect Cyberattacks

Last year, Wall Street Journal intelligence reporter Siobhan Gorman wrote that, according to U.S. security officials, foreign cyberspies had infiltrated the computer systems that run our electrical grid. Fast forward more than a year, and Gorman has now discovered what we’re doing about it. Meet "Perfect ...


The Public Access Crusade of Carl Malamud

Despite being public property, government documents are not necessarily free or easy to obtain. Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org details his decades-long quest for open access to "America's Operating System."

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Making Maps, the Google Way

Earlier this year, a government official from Cambodia wrote a letter to Google, complaining about one of the company’s maps. The letter claimed that Google’s depiction of a stretch of border between Cambodia and Thailand was “devoid of truth and reality, and professionally irresponsible.” As editor John Gravois ...

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Remembering Daniel Schorr

Daniel Schorr died on Friday at 93. Brooke remembers the venerated reporter and commentator.

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Taken Out of Context and Fired

Brooke weighs in on the taking out of context, then firing, then attempted re-hiring of US Department of Agriculture employee Shirley Sherrod.

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Seeing Red

We all remember the Hollywood Ten, the industry blacklist instigated by political demagogues. But there was also a broadcast blacklist, spearheaded by five little-known crusaders. In this interview from 2007, Historian David Everitt explains how these self-styled communist-hunters bent the broadcasting industry to their will.

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Feared by the Bad, Loved by the Good

"The Adventures of Robin Hood" was the first British-produced television series that became successful in the U.S. No coincidence, then, that many of its writers were blacklisted Americans, forced to find work abroad. WNYC's Sara Fishko looks at this merry band of writers and producers.

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