The federal government has unprecedented access to our personal lives through phone records and internet activity. We know this thanks to a 29-year-old intelligence contractor who’s blown the whistle on the National Security Agency and his employer Booz Allen Hamilton. But independent journalist Tim Shorrock has been investigating this exact story since 2007 when he revealed that 70% of our intelligence work is outsourced to private companies. He’ll discuss who’s monitoring our lives and why we should care.
Then, Walter Cronkite IV, grandson of the late CBS newsman, and historian Maurice Isserman have written a new book. It’s a collection of letters that Cronkite sent his wife Betsy during their three year separation while he worked abroad as a reporter during World War II. The book is titled Cronkite’s War: His World War II Letters Home. [Broadcast Date: June 19, 2013]