Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Your Call 072408 Spies for Hire

When intelligence is privatized, how do you ever get it back under public control? On the next Your Call we talk with investigative journalist Tim Shorrock, author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing. Private contractors have been a part of the American military since the war of independence, but American spies used to have government employee ids. Shorrock tells how all of that changed since 9-11, and now more than three-quarters of the $60 billion intelligence budget is spent on intelligence contracting. When the contractors who collect the intelligence work for the same companies that will be hired to act on the intelligence, who will know what the true picture is? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Tim Shorrock in San Francisco
Author of Spies for Hire: The Secret World of Intelligence Outsourcing

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Your Call 072308 Do photographs change your environmental views?

How do photographs affect your views on the environment? On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation with world renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, whose work was featured in the documentary Manufactured Landscapes. Burtynsky has made it his life's work to explore and document humanity's expanding footprint and the ways in which we're reshaping the surface of the planet. Do photographs have the power to alter the way we think about the world and our place in it? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.


Edward Burtynsky, the subject of the film Manufactured Landscapes, is a respected Canadian artist whose work is displayed in fifteen major museums across the world.

Amanda Herman, who from 2005 until 2007 worked with families and individuals displaced by Hurricane Katrina and produced the film Lost Island.

Rosanne Olson worked for five years as a photojournalist before moving to Seattle, where she works as a commercial and fine arts photographer. This spring, she published a body image book titled This Is Who I Am: Our Beauty in All Shapes and Sizes.

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