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Russian hackers have apparently stolen more than a billion passwords and 500 million email addresses, but the breach may be less of a threat than it seems. In our weekly tech roundup, we look at a new app that claims to track spiritual health. The White House is locked in a battle with senators in Congress over how much of a report on CIA and torture should be made public. Next, a new documentary looks at the life of the real bank robber who inspired Al Pacino’s character in the classic Sidney Lumet film “Dog Day Afternoon.” Finally, the man who accused director Bryan Singer and three others of sexually abusing him in the 1990s has withdrawn the last of his lawsuits, but it may not be the end of his legal fight.

Banner Image: Dog Day Afternoon Movie Poster; Credit: Movies in LA

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

The Hack of the Century? 7 MIN, 46 SEC

Russian hackers have apparently stolen more than a billion passwords and 500 million email addresses, making it the worst online security breach ever. So … should we all be freaking out? Maybe not, it turns out. One reason to be skeptical: The private company that unveiled the hack is now charging people $120 each to find out if their information was compromised.

Guests:
Russell Brandom, Reporter for The Verge, a website covering technology, science and culture (@russellbrandom)

More:
The Russian 'hack of the century' doesn't add up

TLDR Internet Roundup 7 MIN, 56 SEC

Hackers threaten us with the involuntary sharing of information -- but we voluntarily relinquish lots of personal data every day, as long as there’s a payoff. For example, many of us use fitness apps that rely on input about our bodies and diets. Now, there’s an app for tracking your spiritual health. What information does it require? We talk about that and other Internet-related stories in our regular tech roundup.

Guests:
PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)
Alex Goldman, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@agoldmund)

More:
The app for quantifying your soul
“Leak,” the anonymous email service with a creepy PR campaign
“Push for Pizza” an app that orders pizza with one push of a button

High-Stakes Battle Over Torture Report 9 MIN, 23 SEC

The White House and senators in Congress are locked in a battle over how much of a Senate report about CIA and torture should be public. Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein says she won’t release the report until some redactions are removed from it, putting her in a deadlock with the Obama administration.

Guests:
Greg Miller, Washington Post (@gregpmiller)

More:
Dispute Over Redactions Snarls Public Release of Senate's CIA Report

The Real Dog Day Afternoon 14 MIN, 41 SEC

In 1972, a man robbed a Brooklyn bank to get money for his lover’s sex change operation. The story became a media spectacle, and then a cinematic sensation. It was the inspiration for Sidney Lumet’s classic film “Dog Day Afternoon,” starring Al Pacino as the thief. A new documentary looks at the real man at the center of the story.

Guests:
Frank Keraudren, co-director, 'The Dog (@fkeraudren)
Allison Berg, co-director, 'The Dog' (@AllisonBergnyc)

Bryan Singer Sex Charges Likely to be Dropped 6 MIN, 58 SEC

Michael Egan, the man who accused film director Bryan Singer and three others of sexually abusing him when he was a teenager, has withdrawn the last of his lawsuits. But it’s not clear yet whether this marks the end of Egan’s legal fight.

Guests:
Jonathan Handel, Hollywood Reporter (@jhandel)

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