90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Week In The News: Syrian Aid, NSA Leaks, Colorado Fires

NSA leaks and Edward Snowden. Immigration moves. Colorado on fire. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Black Forest Fire Dept. officers burn off natural ground fuel in an evacuated neighborhood, prepping the area for the encroachment of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

Black Forest Fire Dept. officers burn off natural ground fuel in an evacuated neighborhood, prepping the area for the encroachment of the wildfire in the Black Forest area north of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. (Brennan Linsley/AP)

It was the NSA surveillance leak week, and then, suddenly, the U.S. arms to Syria week. Outrage over the leak and the surveillance as high school dropout Edward Snowden told his tale from hiding in Hong Kong. Big questions as the White House affirmed chemical weapon use in Syria and said the U.S. will step up military support to the rebels.

At home, more fireworks over military sexual assault and the chain of command. Immigration moves. The high court rules against patenting genes. More fire in Colorado.

Up next On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

– Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Mark Mazzetti, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and national security correspondent for the New York Times. His new book is “The Way Of The Knife: The CIA, A Secret Army, And A War At The Ends Of The Earth.” (@MarkMazzettiNYT)

Susan Davis, chief congressional reporter for USA Today. (@DaviSusan)

Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst

From Tom’s Reading List

ABC News: Obama Steps up Military Aid to Syrian Rebels — “President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.”

The Guardian: Top 10 Commentaries On The NSA Leaks And Whistleblower Edward Snowden — “Some call Snowden a hero; others label him a traitor. Here’s our compilation of the best of the debate in the US media.”

The Washington Post: Border Security At Issue As Senate Debates Far-Reaching Immigration Bill — “In addition to taking steps to secure the border and begin a legalization process for millions, the White House-backed legislation would increase the number of visas for highly skilled workers, create a new program for the lesser-skilled to work in the United States and overturn a family-based system for legal immigration that has been in place for decades.”

The Denver Post: Live Blog: Coverage Of Colorado’s Wildfires — “Wildfires in Black Forest near Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge Park and Rocky Mountain National Park are all burning as temperatures verging on triple digits and high winds hit Colorado.”

Tweets From During The Show

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Nov 24, 2014
In this photo taken Wednesday, July 30, 2014, Silicon Valley pioneer and Silent Circle co-founder Jon Callas holds up Blackphone with encryption apps displayed on it at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.  (AP)

We’ll look at privacy, security, and the battle heating up between intelligence agencies and tech companies that are moving to encrypt your communication.

Nov 24, 2014
Homeless people stay with their belongings under the Pontchartrain Expressway overpass in New Orleans, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. The city’s health department put up notices Monday giving the estimated 150 homeless people 72 hours to leave the area. (AP)

Smashing the assumptions about what it’s really like to live in poverty in America.

RECENT
SHOWS
Nov 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

 
Nov 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

More »
2 Comments
 
The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

More »
2 Comments