Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Your Call 102908 The Shadow Factory

When you start a secret program to spy on everyone, how can you ever be sure it's been unplugged for good? On the next Your Call we'll be joined by James Bamford, who has done more to pull back the curtain on the ultra-secret National Security Agency than anyone else. Bamford's new book The Shadow Factory recounts how the Bush Administration transformed epic failures by American intelligence agencies into arguments for massively increasing their power. How does the NSA skim the emails, faxes, phone calls and Internet traffic of the entire world? What is the NSA listening to right now? It may be Your Call, with me, Sandip Roy and you.

Guests: James Bamford in DC
Our nation's chronicler of the dark side. He's a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, Harpers and his article in Rolling Stone "The Man who Sold the War" won the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Mr. Bamford joins us from DC.

Click to Listen: The Shadow Factory

Your Call 102808 California Budget's Greatest Hits

Who took the hit in the long-delayed California budget? On the next Your Call, we'll have a conversation about the 2009 California budget. Last month Governor Schwarzenegger signed the budget, almost three months into California's new fiscal year. The $143 billion spending plan includes $7.1 billion in spending cuts. At a time that most people are hurting financially, who is being affected the most? And how is the international financial crisis affecting state and local government? It's Your Call, with Sandip Roy and you.

Guests: Lenny Goldberg, Executive Director of the California Tax Reform Association

Frank Russo of California Progress Report

Allison Pratt, Director of Policy & Services with Alameda Community Food Bank

John Laird, Assembly Budget Chair (D-Santa Cruz)

Click to Listen: California Budget's Greatest Hits