May 14 - When Government Lies Are Not Uncovered, We End Up With Disasters Like Iraq; The Film that Exposed the Epidemic of Rape in the Military; Mixed Signals from Republicans on Immigration Reform

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We begin with a veteran investigative reporter specializing in national security issues, James Bamford, the author of “The Shadow Factory: Inside the Ultra-Secret NSA, from 9/11 to Spying on America”. We discuss the DOJ’s snooping on the AP and the implications it has for journalists trying to uncover government secrets and how, more often than not, when government lies are not uncovered, we end up with disasters like Iraq. james bamford

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Then we speak with the Academy Award nominated director of “The Invisible War”, Kirby Dick, about how his documentary, as an example of advocacy journalism, has had a profound effect on uncovering the epidemic of sexual assault in the military, revelations that just last week were vindicated by a Pentagon report that estimates 26,000 sex crimes took place last year in the armed forces, a number that is likely to much lower than the actual number of assaults because so few are reported because of fear of retaliation where the victim often is blamed.

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Then finally, we look into Republican attempts at immigration reform that are driven by their fear that demographics will make them a permanent minority party unless they can appeal to the fast-growing Latino constituency. Molly Worthen, a professor of history at the University of North Carolina, who had an article in Sunday’s New York Times, “Love Thy Stranger as Thyself”, joins us to discuss how the Christian right is trying to embrace immigration reform within a Party in which a majority of Republicans stigmatize Latinos as being a burden; taking jobs, housing and healthcare from white Americans.


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