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Five Years Later, Wall Street Has More Reasons to Celebrate Their Meltdown Than You Do

Wall Street executives who sank the economy: They’re just like us! They spend time with their families, they play bridge with the guys, they remain completely insulated from moral or any real financial punishment for their all-consuming lust for profit. Alison Fitzgerald just published the report Ex-Wall Street chieftains living large in post-meltdown world, which catches us up with five of the Wall Street executives whose decisions tanked the economy. That story is the first part in the Center’s series examining the impact of the financial crisis of 2008.

Alison is the finance and investigative reporter for the Center for Public Integrity. She spent more than a decade at Bloomberg News, where she wrote about the convergence of politics, government and economics. Her coverage of the 2008 financial crisis and ensuing government bailout won her several awards, including the 2009 George Polk Award, the Sidney Hillman Prize for social justice reporting, and the “Best of the Best” from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.


Removing Yourself from the Public-Private Surveillance Web

You signed up for government surveillance when you signed up for your email address. Not knowingly perhaps, (although who actually reads the user agreement?) but NSA spying is only possible with the help of the same private companies you trust with your data in the first place. The individual/government/corporate relationship has never been so exposed and so (hopefully) up for debate. Security technologist Bruce Schneier should be one of the voices you listen to in that debate.

Bruce wrote the recent Guardian articles NSA Surveillance: How to Stay Secure and The US Government has Betrayed the Internet. We Need to Take it Back. He is the author of 12 books, including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Thrive. He is currently a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute. For more of Bruce’s writing and tips on security, visit his website.

Obama Has No Authority to Attack Syria – Says the Guy Who Actually Wrote the Law

Remember when everyone was excited about how President Obama was a constitutional law scholar? He must have missed class the day the War Powers Resolution of 1973 was taught. As Obama threatens military strikes against Syria, some people are starting to point out that unilaterally ordering military strikes against another country might be unconstitutional – including former US Congressman Paul Findley, WHO WROTE THE ACTUAL LAW. Paul has released a statement entitled Obama Has No Authority To Attack Syria.

Paul Findley was a key author of the War Powers Act and a leader in securing its enactment by overriding the veto of President Richard Nixon. He also wrote an editorial in Springfield’s State Journal-Register titled Syria — a war we should reject. Paul served as a member of the US House of Representatives for 22 years. He is the author of six books. The federal building in Springfield, Illinois is named for him.

Hacking the Hidden World All Around You

Most people see “Do Not Enter” signs as commands. Some people see them as invitations. And when they accept, a new world opens up to them. Writer and photographer Bradley L. Garrett is one of those people exploring the hidden urban landscape and reporting back stories of dodging security, finding secret societies and reclaiming physical space for actual people.

Bradley is the author of Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City. He is a researcher at the University of Oxford and an urban explorer of the world’s off-limits urban spaces. You can find more of his writing and photos at his website.




The Story of Your Body is Written Before Birth

Mikael Mikaelsson’s newest Exit From Apathy explains how the field of epigenetics is uncovering new links between physical and environmental influences on the human body. Mikael recently completed the study Prenatal Development Linked To Anxiety And Poor Mental Health In Adulthood: What Happens In The Womb May Affect You For Life.


Inside and Outside Rio de Janeiro’s Uncontrolled Neighborhoods

Live from Rio, Progressive Brazil host Brian Mier reports on American surveillance of Brazilian businesses, the wall being built to protect tourists from the sight of poverty, and how teenagers walking around with machine guns works out better there than here.


Who Rubberstamps the Rubberstampmen?

Jeff Dorchen’s Moment of Truth wanders into the FISA court and yells about everyone being out of order.




  • Bill Burdine

    very good podcast as usual!

  • http://thisishell.net Chuck Mertz

    Thanks Bill! Now tell everyone you know!… please…