We start with an in-depth look at the Senate’s long-awaited report on the CIA’s interrogation methods in the aftermath of 9/11. First, we get the details of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s scathing assessment. Then, we hear different opinions on whether the CIA was justified in its tactics. Next, KCRW’s resident bookworm, Michael Silverblatt, rounds up his top five favorite fiction books of the year. And finally, sports-comedy duo the Sklar brothers on Major League Soccer and the L.A. Galaxy, college football, and more.
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This morning, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report detailing brutal interrogation methods used by the CIA in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. The report says the CIA misled Bush administration officials, Congress, and the public on the harshness of its methods. And the report finds that the CIA’s tactics didn’t even produce useful intelligence.
Should prosecutions of CIA officials be on the table for the practices described in the Senate’s report on interrogations? Or did the agency act appropriately in a wartime setting? We hear opinions from both sides.
KCRW’s resident Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt, shares his top five fiction picks of 2014 with Madeleine. On the list: a painstaking chronicle of one man’s everyday life, a retelling of a classic fairytale, and a book of short -- sometimes very short -- stories.
Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'
The L.A. Galaxy are riding high after their victory in the Major League Soccer final on Sunday. We talk about that and more in our regular sports roundup with the sports-comedy duo the Sklar brothers, including college football and why the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were using homeless people to sell beer at their games...without paying them.
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