We start with a follow-up to yesterday’s much-anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report on the C.I.A.’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program: How much did it cost, and who were the architects behind it? Then, the LAUSD is one of six large school districts in the country that wants to ban antibiotic-treated chickens from cafeterias. Are they heading for a fight with the poultry industry? Next, we talk to a journalist who traveled to the South Texas border and made a documentary about what happens when Mexican migrants forced to take dangerous routes into the U.S. don’t make it. Finally, in our weekly Internet roundup, we talk about the difference between trolling and reporting in the wake of the Rolling Stone UVA scandal.
FROM THIS EPISODE
The Senate Intelligence Committee released its big report on the C.I.A.’s post-9/11 detention and interrogation program yesterday. We’ve been hearing a lot of grisly details about so-called enhanced interrogation techniques. Today, we talk about the hundreds of millions of dollars spent building black sites around the world, bribing officials in other countries to look the other way, and paying interrogators.
We take a deeper look at where the C.I.A.’s enhanced interrogation methods came from, and specifically the two psychologists who pushed for them. Their code names were Grayson Swigert and Hammond Dunbar. They were paid more than $80 million by the C.I.A. during their time as contractors with the agency. Who are they really, and how did they get that contract?
Six of the largest school districts in the country, including Los Angeles, want to ban antibiotic-treated chicken from cafeterias. They’re concerned about the rise of so-called superbugs: bacteria resistant to common antibiotics. The districts have a combined $550 million in food buying power, which they’ll need for a political fight with the poultry industry.
In Washington, immigration is a political issue. But in South Texas, it’s an issue of life or death. The tougher the border restrictions, the more people die trying to find a way in, because they’re forced to take increasingly dangerous routes. We hear from a reporter who traveled to the border to find out what happens to those who don’t make it.
The line between journalism and Internet trolling can get blurry at times. The latest example comes in the wake of Rolling Stone magazine’s flawed UVA rape story. The magazine admitted last week that it shouldn’t have published the account of a woman who says she was gang-raped at a fraternity. While many journalists are using this to point out why reporters must always follow well-established standards, others are exploiting the story to get clicks by any means necessary.
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