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Jim Zirin speaks with Adam Levin.

This holiday season has seen an alarming rise in instances of identity theft. Consumer advocate Adam Levin tells Jim that in the digital age your personal data is as valuable to you as money, and of what you should do to protect yourself from widespread schemes to defraud.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Sree Sreenivasan.

The iconic Metropolitan Museum of Art has posted a substantial part of its collection online, and showcased its art treasures one-by-one in a series of blogs called “82nd and Fifth.” Sree Sreenivasan, the Met’s first chief digital officer, tells Jim  that there is a vital connection between the virtual and the traditional bricks-and-mortar museum.

 

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Jim Zirin speaks with Harriet Edelman.

More than one million apps on your iPhone, and they keep coming. Digital developer Harriet Edelman tells Jim of a new mobile video app called TWRRL, which allows you to insert yourself within a cartoon animation, story or skit. It’s hilarious, you’ll never have a better time, and even Jim got in on the act with two barking dogs.


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Jim Zirin speaks with Richard Susskind.

Last year, mega-firm Dewey & Leboeuf filed the largest law firm bankruptcy in US history, leaving in its wake a criminal investigation and a spate of litigation. Richard Susskind, author of bestselling book, Tomorrow’s Lawyers, tells Jim  that Dewey was victim of an outmoded business plan as much as of factors unique to itself.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Andrea Matwyshyn.

Hacking generally has a pejorative meaning, namely, someone who accesses a computer by circumventing its security system. But, hacking may also refer to excellence  in programming —the kind of innovation that built the Internet. Penn Professor Andrea Matwyshyn knows the difference and tells Jim Zirin how to stay away from the dark side of the Internet.

 

 

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Jim Zirin speaks with Matt Waxman.

We can kill them with drones or hit squads, capture them, detain them  forever or try them, but which tactic will stand up best in court? Columbia Law Professor, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow and former Bush administration assistant to the national security adviser, Matt Waxman reviews the options and tells Jim which is the best way to go.


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Jim Zirin speaks with Richard Mason.

Richard Mason’s latest novel, “History of a Pleasure Seeker,” is also published in a multimedia edition. He tells Jim of an amazing application for iPads and smartphones, which combines  video, music and photography. And if you are into audiobooks, actor Dan Stevens of “Downton Abbey” reads you the text.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Ellen Futter.

The American Museum of Natural History, long the home of dinosaurs, pterodactyls,stuffed animals and other defunct species, has now become an world class research and teaching institution energized by an arsenal of digital technology. The AMNH President tells Jim Zirin about the Museum’s extraordinary evolution.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Elliott Abrams.

Obama wants to “pivot” toward Asia. But has he forgotten Iran? Elliott Abrams, Deputy National Security Adviser in the Bush administration, discusses the sobering possibility of a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear plants. How would such a strike be carried out? From the air?  A covert operation? Or a Stuxnet cyber attack. He tells Jim there really is a military option.

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Jim Zirin speaks with James Goodale.

Goodale, lawyer for the New York Times in the legendary Pentagon Papers case, explains that the Supreme Court’s landmark decision handed down in June 1971, holding the press had the right  to publish classified leaked Defense Department documents, renders untenable the prosecution of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Julia Sweig.

Brazil, long disparaged as the “country of the future,” has become the world’s seventh largest economy with an astonishing  growth rate of 7.5%; its first female President, Dilma Rousseff, is talking turkey with Obama and Hu Jintao; and its free press and social media have turned it into a vibrant democracy. Julia tells Jim Zirin what has happened to Brazil…and why.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Lord Saville.

On January 30, 1972, during a civil rights march in Northern Ireland, the British Army killed 13 civilians. The eminent English jurist, Lord Saville, was tasked to conduct a public inquiry into what happened that ‘Bloody Sunday’. The report concluded that  the soldiers were unjustified in firing and led to an unqualified apology by Prime Minister Cameron. In an exclusive Digital Age interview with Professor Richard Susskind, Lord Saville says that digital technologies were indispensable to the inquiry.

 
 
 

 

 

 

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Jim Zirin speaks with David Keyes.

David created a blog, Cyberdissidents.org, to support dissident pro-democracy bloggers in Iran and throughout the Arab world. He tells how his work impacted a revolution.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Ian Bremmer.

Hillary Clinton says that the cornerstone of American statecraft is the “freedom to connect.” Chinas Internet usage is soaring. Will the Net really lead China to a more open society? Ian tells Jim Zirin where the US-China relation is really headed.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Raymond W. Kelly.

The legendary New York City Police Commissioner tells whether in waging the war on terror we have struck the right balance between security and privacy.

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Jim Zirin speaks with David Kirkpatrick.

The author of the bestseller, “The Facebook Effect,” tells the true story of the development of Facebook which you didn’t get in the hit movie.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Meg Roggensack.

She says  that a delicate balance must be struck between free expression and free trade as Human Rights First calls out Microsoft for helping the Russians crack down on dissidents.

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Jim Zirin speaks with William vanden Heuvel.

He talks about his vision for the FDR Four Freedoms Park as the project nears completion. Planned in the 1970’s for the southern tip of Roosevelt Island in the shadow of the UN, and designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn shortly before his death, the Park will take a commemorative space into the digital age.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Evgeny Morozov.

He tells Jim how dictatorships use the Net for their own repressive ends–and why the cyber-utopians have got it all wrong.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Paul Saunders.

The top trial lawyer tells how digital evidence has revolutionized the conduct of trials.

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Jim Zirin speaks with David Pogue.

The technology columnist for the New York Times explains what makes some tech products an e-hit or an i-miss.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Doug Schoen.

Who wins, who loses, who’s in, who’s out? Hear an expert’s analysis of where we are in the Presidential primary races by the top Democratic pollster and pundit.

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Jim Zirin speaks with Peter Georgescu.

The Chairman Emeritus and Author “The Source of Success” was a teen-age refugee from Communist Romania who some 40 years later became Young & Rubicam’s top dog. talks about the impact of interactive ads online.

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