Monday, July 29, 2013

AirTalk for Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Karen Fritsche




Tuesday, July 30, 2013




11:06 –11:20


Topic: Bradley Manning Verdict to be read

Guest:  The Bradley Manning saga is coming to the an end. A military judge is expected to deliver a verdict on Tuesday in the case against the 25-year-old Army private, who is accused of leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks starting in 2010. Manning faces a series of charges, including aiding the enemy, and could face up to life in prison if convicted. Manning has said that the leak is meant to make the public aware what was happening in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His supporters label him a whistleblower. But detractors call him a traitor.

What kind of impact would the Manning verdict has on Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked classified information about the government's surveillance programs to the Guardian UK and the Washington Post? In 2011, the cyber-activist collective Anonymous launched an attack against the Department of Defense for holding Manning in prolonged solitary confinement. Should we expect similar retaliatory efforts from the group after the verdict?

Guest: Kim Zetter, senior reporter at Wired covering cybercrime, privacy, security and civil liberties. She is currently writing a book on the Stuxnet virus.

Guest: Parmy Olson, the London Bureau Chief at Forbes Magazine, and the author of "We Are Anonymous: Inside the Hacker World of LulzSec, Anonymous, and the Global Cyber Insurgency."


11:20 - 11:40

Topic: OPEN

Guest: TBA



Topic: Is your workplace like high school 2.0? There are people trying to fit in, those who never will, gossiping in the halls and lonely lunch breaks. Sounds like high school right? For some, it’s just another day at the office. This, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder, which claims that 43% of workers say their offices are populated by cliques just like you’d find in a typical American high school. The nationwide survey, put out by Harris Interactive on behalf of CareerBuilder, asserts that cliques impact office culture in various ways. 20% of the 3,000 private workers polled, said they’ve done something they weren’t really interested in or didn’t want to do just to fit in with co-workers. 21% reported having watched a TV show or movie just to talk about it at work the next day and 19% admitted to having made fun of someone else or pretended not to like them. The survey is by no means serious science, but for some, office cliques can be serious business. What’s the vibe at your workplace? Are you your authentic self or do you behave differently in order to get ahead? Does the “in crowd” still rule the world? Can refusing to participate in office politics be bad for one’s career?

Guest: TBD


12:06 – 12:20


Topic: Natural gas sourced from permafrost and icy ocean depths could make for risky drilling:

Guest:  Ben Lefebvre, Energy Reporter, Wall Street Journal


12:20 – 12:40

Topic: Don’t always believe the brochure: The dark side of assisted living facilities for seniors:

Guest: A.C. Thompson, ProPublica reporter and co-writer of the Frontline special “Life and Death in Assisted Living” which airs tonight on PBS

Guest: TBA from Emeritus Senior Living


12:40 – 1:00

Topic: What’s your number? Research shows happiness peaks at ages 23 and 69: If you’re still a young college student then rest assured that the best years of your life are just a few more midterms away. A new research study from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics surveyed more than 23,000 people in Germany. Residents between the ages of 17 to 85 were asked how satisfied they were with their current lives and how satisfied they expected to be in five years. This study confirmed the U-shape pattern that other studies a

Guest:  Hannes Schwandt (Sh-VANT), Ph.D., research associate at The Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton and author of “Unmet Aspirations as an Explanation for the Age U-shape in Human Wellbeing”


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