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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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Week of August 17, 2014

Segment 1: Bush and Cheney in the White House

Chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, Peter Baker, Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, chronicles the history of the Bush presidency through the prism of its two most compelling characters, capturing the elusive and shifting alliance of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

“I think people have a static view of this administration, of the relationship between the President and Vice President, when in fact, it’s actually a pretty dramatic divergence between the two over time.”

-Peter Baker

Segment 2: The Wild and Wacky Election of 2012

"The inability of the Republican Party to do better with non-white voters, and particularly right now with the Hispanic community, is debilitating for them to win a presidential election."

-Dan Balz
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