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FBI director James Comey appeared before the House Judiciary Committee this week to report that there have been more hacks of voter registration databases. How serious is the threat to US election systems? The voting system isn’t the only thing that’s been hacked recently. Not only was there a massive hack into Yahoo accounts, the company reportedly didn’t do enough to prevent it. Meanwhile, a man’s going to jail for hacking into hundreds of iCloud and Gmail accounts, including those of some celebrities. Then, Gov. Jerry Brown has signed the so-called Cosby Bill into law, ending the statute of limitations for prosecuting certain rape cases in California. What are the pros and cons of the new law? Next, two critics have engaged in a spirited debate, compared hundreds of shows, and come up with a canon of the 100 greatest American shows of all time. It’s a new book titled, “TV (The Book).”  And finally, former Wells Fargo employees have filed two class-action lawsuits, alleging that they were either punished or fired for not setting up fake customer accounts or for blowing the whistle on such activities. Press Play spoke with the employment lawyer handling the cases.

photo: Voting booths by Joe Shlabotnik

Is the US election in danger of a major hack? 8 MIN, 22 SEC

FBI director James Comey appeared before the House Judiciary Committee this week to report that there have been more hacks of voter registration databases. Russia is one of the main suspects. How serious is the danger that US election systems could be compromised by hackers, Russian or otherwise?

Guests:
Pamela Smith, Verified Voting

More:
Fears of a hacked election may keep 1 out of every 5 voters home, says report

Web Roundup: Hacks and more hacks 7 MIN, 41 SEC

The voting system isn’t the only thing that’s been hacked recently. Not only was there a massive hack into Yahoo accounts, the company reportedly didn’t do enough to prevent it. Meanwhile, a man’s going to jail for hacking into hundreds of iCloud and Gmail accounts, including those of some celebrities. Press Play’s regular web and tech commentator, Xeni Jardin, joins the show for our weekly web roundup.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

'Cosby' law signed, ending statute of limitations for rape cases 8 MIN, 22 SEC

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the so-called Cosby Bill into law. The new law will end the statute of limitations for prosecuting certain rape cases in California so that victims can press charges any time. Previously, there was a 10 year limit. Women’s rights advocates pushed for the law, but some legal experts are worried that it could lead to prosecutions based on old and unreliable evidence. What are the pros and cons of the new law?

Guests:
Michele Dauber, Professor (@mldauber)
Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School (@LoyolaLawSchool)

More:
Inspired by accusations against Bill Cosby, California lawmakers move to lift time limits on rape cases

What's the best TV show ever? A debate 16 MIN, 7 SEC

Hundreds, if not thousands, of shows have been made for the small screen since the advent of television – not all of them high quality, of course. But there have been enough great American TV shows by now to cause intense debate over which are the best of all time. Well, two critics have engaged in a spirited debate and have narrowed it down. Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall created a comprehensive ranking system to compare hundreds of shows, and came up with a canon of the one hundred greatest American shows of all time. It’s a new book titled, “TV (The Book).”  

Guests:
Matt Zoller Seitz, New York magazine / RogerEbert.com (@mattzollerseitz)
Alan Sepinwall, Uproxx (@sepinwall)

TV (The Book)

Alan Sepinwall

Fired Wells Fargo employees file class-action lawsuits 6 MIN, 57 SEC

The Wells Fargo scandal continues. The bank’s CEO, John Stumpf, went through another round of questioning Thursday on Capitol Hill, where he continued to pin the bank’s troubles on rogue employees. Wells Fargo recently fired more than 5,000 workers for opening accounts for millions of customers without their knowledge. But two class action lawsuits have been filed that suggest the scandal could reflect a wider culture of corruption inside the bank. Former employees are alleging that they were punished, demoted or even fired for not doing things like setting up fake accounts and even for blowing the whistle on such activities. Press Play spoke with the employment lawyer handling the worker class actions.

Guests:
Jonathan Delshad, Lawyer

More:
Wells Fargo hit with multiple lawsuits over bogus accounts, aggressive sales quotas

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