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Week of August 31, 2014

Segment 1: Wild Bill Donovan - The Father of the CIA

"Wild" Bill Donovan came from humble Irish-Catholic roots, but went on to become a successful lawyer, businessman and for a while, freelance diplomat and "information gatherer." So, when FDR needed someone to head up a new spy agency, he turned to Donovan. Veteran journalist and author Douglas Waller, Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage  has written a definitive biography of America's first spymaster and the driving force behind today's CIA.

"Donovan’s OSS became the petri dish for the future CIA leaders. A lot of the directors of the CIA, later, were people who cut their teeth under Donovan."

-Doug Waller

Segment 2: Married to the CIA

You know the story. They both came from failed marriages. They met at work, fell in love. But, in this case, Robert and Dayna Baer, The Company We Keep: A Husband-and-Wife True-Life Spy Story were part of the CIA's clandestine service, roaming the world in search of terrorists. Bob Baer is the author of several bestsellers on the Middle East and his story was dramatized in the George Clooney movie, Syriana.

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Week of August 24, 2014

Segment 1: Cyber Attack on the National Grid

Cyber attacks are all around us. But what if one hits our national electric grid, and takes the whole thing down? The film by The National Geographic Channel called American Blackout imagines a nationwide blackout that lasts ten days, complete with food shortages, looting, and women having babies on the side of the road. Richard Andres is a cyber security expert and Professor at The National Defense University. He consulted on the film.

"The level of sophistication, the level of resources required to do a lot of damage to the electric grid has gone down quite a bit."

-Richard Andres

Segment 2: Bombshell - Women and Terrorism

What makes the gentler sex want to kill men, women and children? All the major terrorist groups have and continue to recruit women. They're extremely valuable to their deadly cause; and their numbers keep rising. Mia Bloom is a Professor or Security Studies at the University of Massachusetts. Her book is Bombshell: Women and Terrorism.

"[Women] are being fed this steady diet, in these cultures of martyrdom, that they can contribute far more with their death, than they ever can with their life."

-Mia Bloom
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