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Former members of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit are revolting over that country’s use of personal, private information about Palestinians. Plus, we look at a new report that says many of the laborers who create our smartphones are basically forced labor. Michael Silverblatt also joins us to discuss the new book by David Mitchell called “The Bone Clocks.” And we discuss the flap over a free U2 album that was automatically sent to every iTunes user.

Banner Image: Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks with U2 during an Apple event announcing the iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. 

Israeli Military Spying 5 MIN

Former members of an elite Israeli military intelligence unit are refusing to “take part in the state’s actions against Palestinians.” In a letter to the Prime Minister and military commanders, the veterans of a secret unit claim that much of the work they did was not directly related to Israeli security. Instead, they said the work included collecting personal information about medical conditions, sexual orientation, and other things that could be used to extort, damage, or divide Palestinians. Journalist James Bamford says some of the data may have been collected by the NSA.

James Bamford, journalist and author (@WashAuthor)

James Bamford: “Israel’s N.S.A. Scandal”

Forced Labor for Our Phones 5 MIN

When Samsung, Apple or Sony need to build parts for a smartphone or a computer, they often turn to factories in Malaysia. And workers from poorer countries like Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam flock there for these relatively lucrative jobs. But the electronics factory hub has a dark side: a new study shows about a third of these migrant workers are doing their jobs under coercion.

Dan Viederman, Chief Executive Officer at Verité. (@Verite_DanV)

Forced labor in the Production of Electronic Goods

Bone Clocks 5 MIN

Once upon a time, just over a decade ago, David Mitchell was a little-known writer with two novels under his belt. Then, in 2004, he published the science-fiction blockbuster Cloud Atlas. Now he’s an international sensation with an obsessive fan base. Mitchell’s latest book, The Bone Clocks, came out this month and is one of the most anticipated novels of the year. KCRW’s own Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt, joins us to discuss it. 

Michael Silverblatt, host, 'Bookworm'

The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell

The New iOS and the U2 Backlash 5 MIN

Today’s a big day for iPhone users: The new operating system, ios 8, is out ready for  installation….unless you have an iphone 4s. Some tech experts are saying the new features will make your phone slow down. The gang from the TLDR podcast joins us to talk about that and why a free U2 album made everyone so mad.

PJ Vogt, WNYC’s “On the Media” and co-host of the podcast “TLDR” (@PJVogt)
Alex Goldman, Reply All (@agoldmund)

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