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Friday, July 12, 2013

A tube network that could serve as transportation. (ET3/Facebook)

NSA Revelations Present Business, Ethical Challenges in Silicon Valley | Snowden to Meet with Human Rights Groups in Quest for Asylum | The Man Who Made Millions Selling Fake Bomb Detectors | Tube Transportation: New Technology Designed For Space Travel on Earth | New Movie Releases: 'Grown Ups 2,' 'Pacific Rim,' An Update from Johnny Depp 

Snowden to Meet With Human Rights Groups in Quest for Asylum

After three weeks of silence, NSA leaker Edward Snowden is meeting with international human rights workers today from his base in the Moscow Airport. In an email invitation to groups like Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Snowden wrote that he has "been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world,” according to The New York Times. Joining us is Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for our partner The New York Times. She walks us through the possible outcomes this meeting could produce.

In an email invitation to groups like Human Rights Watch and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Snowden wrote that he has "been extremely fortunate to enjoy and accept many offers of support and asylum from brave countries around the world,” according to The New York Times. In the note, Snowden says that U.S. government is carrying out an "unlawful campaign" to block his attempts at being granted asylum.
Joining us is Ellen Barry, Moscow correspondent for our partner The New York Times. She walks us through the possible outcomes this meeting could produce

 

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NSA Revelations Present Business, Ethical Challenges in Silicon Valley

Yesterday, The Guardian released a report showing the extent to which Microsoft worked with the NSA to make data from Outlook, Hotmail and Skype accessible. They highlight the complicated business and ethical problems in Silicon Valley. Steve Blank, author of "The Secret History of Silicon Valley," joins us to explain Microsoft's role in circumventing the encryption process.

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Making The Case: Arguments For and Against Solitary Confinement

About 30,000 inmates in California are on hunger strike this week protesting the state's solitary confinement policies and prison overcrowding. California holds some 4,500 inmates in solitary confinement and the psychological and emotional effects of years in solitary can be devastating. Some researchers liken its effects to those of post-traumatic stress disorder. Today we have two views on whether long spells of solitary confinement has a place in a 21st century penal system.

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Tube Transportation: New Technology Designed For Space Travel on Earth

In the classic television show "The Jetsons," father George brought his kids to school in tiny capsules in the year 2062. Soon, we might be able to travel via capsule, too. It sounds far-fetched, but the idea and its implementation is already being explored. Daryl Oster is the founder and CEO of ET3, a company dedicated to developing enhanced tube transport technologies that will serve as a form of lightening fast tube transportation. He joins us today to discuss the technology behind these tubes.

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The Man Who Made Millions Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

In May, British businessman James McCormick was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the sale of fake "bomb-detectors." The gadget he sold was based on a fake golf-ball finder and is actually entirely unable to detect bombs—or anything else for that matter. Adam Higgenbotham, Bloomberg Businessweek reporter writes about McCormick's rise and fall in the latest issue of the magazine. He joins The Takeaway to discuss McCormick's scheme and why it took so long for the law to catch up with him.

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New Movie Releases: 'Grown Ups 2,' 'Pacific Rim,' and An Update From Johnny Depp

The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman, review this week's major releases. On the roster this week:“Grown Ups 2," a buddy comedy sequel featuring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock and David Spade; and “Pacific Rim,” a sci-fi film starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi and Charlie Day. 

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Malala Yousafzai Addresses United Nations

Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai turns 16 today, but she's already seen a lot in her short life. Last October, Malala was shot in the head as she left her school in Pakistan. Members of the Taliban claimed responsibility but they didn't silence her. Malala celebrated her 16th birthday with a speech at the United Nations today. We bring you part of that speech here.

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