American citizens worry about suicide bombers on airplanes,
but intelligence analysts say the real threat today is in cyberspace.
Cyber attacks on American companies and military installations are on
the rise. Could terrorist hackers take down America's power grid? Or financial
networks. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge, cyber-warfare
and the rise of the American surveillance state. And, how to protect our
Shane Harris is the author of "The Watchers:
The Rise of America's Surveillance State" and is the intelligence
and homeland security correspondent for the National Journal. He tells
Steve Paulson that our government is collecting masses of data on ordinary
people in its efforts to catch terrorists. Also, Cory Doctorow
is a writer and digital activist who works to defend electronic freedom.
His new book for adults is "Makers," but he talks to Anne
Strainchamps about his recent hit for young adults, "Little Brother."
It's a tale of techno-geek rebellion and Doctorow tells Anne why kids
should know how to take their hardware apart to re-purpose it.
Marilyn Johnson is the author of "This
Book Is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All."
She talks with Jim Fleming about how librarians are emerging as heroes
of the digital age because of their love for the written word, free
speech and open access.
Robert Laughlin is a Nobel Prize winning physicist
and the author of "The Crime of Reason and the Closing of the Scientific
Mind." Laughlin tells Steve Paulson that the internet is full of
information, but it may not be anything you want. Increasingly, the
really useful stuff is classified or privatized.
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Ask for program number 10-02-14-B
- -After Shane Harris: Everything In Its Right
Place, Sonos, on the CD SONOSings. (Verve Forecast)
-Under Little Brother excerpts: Company, Movements
I and II, by
- Philip Glass. Performed by Angele Dubeau & La
Pieta, on their CD Philip Glass: Portrait. (Analekta) analekta.com;
- -After Cory Doctorow, Bittersweet, by
Sonos, on the CD SONOSings. (Verve Forecast)
- - first music break: Marian the Librarian,
from The Music Man.
- -After Marilyn Harris, Librarian by the
New Zealand group, Haunted Love. (Check out their YouTube video to see
what happens to naughty library patrons: http://www.youtube.com/user/HauntedLove)
- -Second music break: Swamp Fire by Martin
Denny, on the CD Ultra Lounge. (Capitol Records)
- -After Robert Laughlin/Close Music: Strings
by DJ Center on his CD Everything In Time (Push the Fader;
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