Week In Politics: Sifting Through Surveillance
Robert Siegel speaks with columnist David Brooks of The New York Times and Jane Mayer, staff writer for The New Yorker about this week's big disclosures of data collection by the National Security Agency.
May Unemployment Report Adds Up To Modest Growth
May was another month of steady but modest job growth. Employers across the economy added 175,000 jobs last month, in line with analyst predictions. The unemployment rate ticked up to 7.6 percent.
Black Americans Give Entertainment Options Failing Grades
People often talk about African-Americans and other minorities being subject to "food deserts" — areas where fresh, healthy, affordable food is hard to come by. The findings of an NPR poll suggest that we should be thinking about "popcorn deserts," too.
When Patents Attack ... Part Two!
In 2011, a company called Oasis Research sued more than a dozen tech companies it said were violating its patent for online data backup. Now that the litigation has ended, we get a rare look inside the world of patent lawsuits and find out just how much money was at stake.
Salt, Flies, Pickled Tongues: A Perfect Great Salt Lake Swim
Open water swimmers in Utah perform weekly marathon swims in water five times saltier than the ocean. They endure blisters, wild currents, a variety of temperatures and water that tastes "like a battery." They treasure the beautiful view and the refuge from boat traffic.
Some Stats Give More Bounce Than Others, NBA Game Shows
Thursday night, the Miami Heat out-rebounded the San Antonio Spurs. But they lost. In fact, both teams in the finals are horrible rebounding teams. So how did they get this far? By doing other things very well. In the NBA, some statistics are more important than others.
Obama Calls Secret Monitoring Programs Legal, Limited
President Obama spoke for the first time about revelations that his administration has been continuing the monitoring of Internet communications and warehousing of cellphone records that began under President Bush. Obama defended both programs as necessary to keep the country safe and said Congress had been kept fully apprised.
U.S. Intelligence Requests Put Tech Giants In A Bind
In a secret intelligence program called PRISM, the government obtained access to troves of data from some of the largest tech companies in the country, including Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook. The government says the search was limited to foreign targets, not Americans or non-citizens living in the U.S. The intelligence operation potentially undermines the companies' pledge to protect customer privacy.
Russian Rockers Visit Washington To Lobby For Band Mates
Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot came to Washington to meet members of the Obama administration and Congress. The feminist activist band is hoping to persuade U.S. officials to visit two of their members in Russian penal colonies to highlight their plight.