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In President Obama's much awaited speech on National Security Agency spying today, he posed two major objectives: protecting the nation from threats made possible by new technology — at the same time upholding civil liberties and privacy protections enshrined in the Constitution. Also, temperatures of 109 degrees threaten the health of tennis players at the Australian Open.

Banner image: President Barack Obama holds a Cabinet meeting, January 14, 2014. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Caitlin Shamberg
Gideon Brower

Main Topic Protecting National Security and Preserving Privacy 41 MIN, 35 SEC

President Obama issued new orders today after months of controversy over spying by the National Security Agency. Metadata from Americans' phone calls won't be housed at the NSA anymore, and agents will need warrants from the intelligence court before they get access. But it's not clear just where all that data will be. In a long speech that followed six months of bitter dispute about NSA spying after the revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the President called on Congress to help revise controversial intelligence practices. We hear him make his case and get reaction from privacy advocates, intelligence hawks and tech companies -- all of with competing interests.

 

 

Guests:
Greg Miller, Washington Post (@gregpmiller)
James Bamford, journalist and author (@WashAuthor)
Marc Thiessen, American Enterprise Institute (@marcthiessen)
Mark Jaycox, Electronic Frontier Foundation (@markmjaycox)
Rob Enderle, Enderle Group (@Enderle)

The Shadow Factory

James Bamford

Today's Talking Point Australian Open a Sauna for Players 9 MIN, 59 SEC

An upcoming soccer world cup has been moved from summer to winter in order to avoid extreme heat in Qatar. But this month's Australian Tennis Open is proceeding on schedule. The weather's cooled down a bit, but temperatures of 109 degrees have been a threat to tennis players at one of the world's most prestigious tournaments.

Guests:
Christopher Clarey, New York Times (@christophclarey)
Josh Levin, Slate (@josh_levin)

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