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Record numbers of migrants and refugees are fleeing war­torn and impoverished countries for Europe, sometimes losing their lives in the process. Can the European Union agree on a unified immigration strategy and maintain its open border policy while also cracking down on human trafficking? Guest host Barbara Bogaev looks at Europe's migrant crisis.

Also, China and Russia use hacked data to identify American spies. On today's Talking Point: the man who introduced us to so many wonders of the mind and the heart. A scientist and a bookworm look back on the life and legacy of writer and scientist Oliver Sacks.

Photo: Asylum seekers wait outside a train station in Budapest, Hungary, on August 28, 2015. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

Producers:
Christine Detz
Paul von Zielbauer
Evan George

China and Russia Using Hacked Data to ID US Spies 6 MIN, 30 SEC

According to US officials, foreign espionage services in Russia and China are cross-indexing hacked US databases to target American intelligence officers. They've reportedly compromised at least one secret network of scientists and engineers who provide support to undercover operatives overseas so far. Joining us from Washington, Brian Bennett, national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times explains this latest development in cyber-spying.

Guests:
Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times (@bybrianbennett)

Europe's Migrant Crisis: The EU's Greatest Test Yet 31 MIN, 45 SEC

Last week's discovery of 71 bodies in an abandoned truck in Austria is just the latest tragic proof that Europe's migration crisis has broadened from the Mediterranean to human trafficking over land through Greece and the Balkan states. Tens of thousands of migrants and refugees are putting their lives in the hands of smugglers, taking advantage of the EU's open borders. With record numbers of people fleeing war and poverty in North Africa and the Middle East, Europe is facing its largest immigration wave since World War II. The EU plans to meet next month to address the mounting crisis and its scattered policy towards asylum seekers. Will it be able to agree on a unified course of action on how to treat migrants and asylum seekers? What to do about a growing backlash against them?

Guests:
Melissa Eddy, International New York Times (@meddybln)
Bill Frelick, Human Rights Watch (@BillFrelick)
Simon Kent, Breitbart London (@sunsimonkent)
Leonard Doyle, International Organization for Migration (@LeonardDoyle)

More:
Eddy on Angela Merkel's call for European unity in addressing migrant crisis
Dublin Regulation
Amnesty International on Europe and migrants, refugees
Human Rights Watch on the crisis within EU borders

Remembering Oliver Sacks, the Poet Laureate of Modern Medicine 10 MIN, 52 SEC


Neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks at the 2009 Brooklyn Book Festival
Photo by Luigi Novi

The man with the seemingly insatiable curiosity for life left it on Sunday. Writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks died at the age of 82 of cancer. He revealed this February that a tumor had metastasized to his liver, and yet continued to write with clarity and joy about his passions and even about the prospect of dying. He wrote many bestsellers about the oddities of the human mind, including The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, which was made into a movie. Scientist Mark Mehler and bookworm Michael Silverblatt look back on the life and legacy of the man who was often called the "poet laureate of modern medicine."

Guests:
Mark Mehler, Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center (@EinsteinMed)
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'

More:
Oliver Sacks' interviews with Michael Silverblatt on 'Bookworm'
Sacks' TED Talks
Sacks on NPR

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