Hack Of The World
The News of the World has already shut down its presses — but the hacking scandal that brought down the British tabloid continues to expand, enveloping two other Murdoch owned newspapers, The Sunday Times, and The Sun. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused The Sunday Times of trying to gather personal information about him and his family, and some senior investigators at Scotland Yard discovered their mobile phones had been hacked. Today we'll talk about how these hacks happened, and who else could be vulnerable. Plus, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen makes an argument in defense of Rupert Murdoch.
Condolence Letters After Military Suicides
In a dramatic reversal of a long-standing policy, the White House announced last week that President Obama will begin sending condolence letters to the families of armed service men and women who kill themselves in combat zones. Military families lobbied for the change for years; a group of senators also recently asked the president to change the policy. Now, Forbes blogger Susannah Breslin argues the president's move falls short. She writes that many troops suffer mental health issues from combat stress and kill themselves once they return home. This policy, she argues, "slights those suicides who go unrecognized because they did not take their own lives in a combat zone." Host Neal Conan talks with Breslin about President Obama's decision to send condolence letters after combat zone suicides.
Reduced Shakespeare Tackles Sports
The Reduced Shakespeare Company comedy troupe is known for condensing everything from American history to the Bible into 90-minute stage shows. Now, they've taken on sports. Sports fans and sports haters alike are familiar with basketball, football and soccer. But there's a whole world of other sports out there, from curling to wife carrying and cheese rolling. The Complete World of Sports (abridged) launched last year and aims to reduce "every sport ever played on every continent in the entire history of the world." The "bad boys of abridgment" Austin Tichenor, Matt Rippy, and Reed Martin join host Neal Conan to talk about the show and the sports we love, love to hate, or ignore all together.