Morning Edition for August 21, 2013
Aug 21, 2013 — The government says phone and email traffic is not protected by the Fourth Amendment, and does not require a court warrant to search. The logic is based on a 1978 case that has been hauled out regularly to justify acquisition of third-party information. But does that logic apply to bulk collection of the sort that's at the heart of the debate over NSA surveillance?
Aug 21, 2013 — Britain's The Guardian was one of the newspapers that first published classified material from the NSA leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden. The controversy over the leaks took a new turn when the partner of the reporter who helped break the story was detained at London's Heathrow Airport.
Aug 21, 2013 — Elmore Leonard was a prolific writer, and was often referred to as the "Dickens of Detroit." The legendary crime writer published 46 novels, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. Several of his novels were made into popular movie and TV adaptations.
Aug 21, 2013 — The Internet and file sharing have transformed how young people think about possessing music, art, books — even cars. As the millennial generation questions ownership of nearly everything, they are opting to spend money on experiences. And car companies are left scratching their heads.
Aug 21, 2013 — A Michigan aviation museum has until Oct. 1 to save a historic factory from the wrecking ball. The Yankee Air Museum still needs to raise more than $3 million to rebuild part of the huge Willow Run bomber plant, where Rosie the Riveter worked during World War II. (This piece initially aired on Aug, 4. 2013, on All Things Considered)
Aug 21, 2013 — President Obama's national security team met Tuesday to talk about policy options on Egypt. The country's military-backed government has been cracking down on Islamist protesters. The U.S. seems to have little influence or leverage over the situation. But it does give Egypt $1.5 billion a year — most of it to the military.
Aug 21, 2013 — The crisis in Egypt is hitting businesses. Shops usually open late into the night are closing early because of the curfew, and some foreign companies stopped operations for much of last week. Economists say Egypt will be able to avoid a total collapse due to a $12 billion aid package from Gulf countries. But the interim government is unlikely to tackle Egypt's bigger economic problems because it is focused on the security situation.
Aug 21, 2013 — In Seoul, the U.N. is holding a hearing on human rights abuses in North Korean labor camps. North Koreans who have escaped the prison camps are telling their stories of torture and starvation. For more on the hearing, David Greene talks to Alastair Gale, Korea bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.
Aug 21, 2013 — Home Depot says it had "one of the best quarters in recent history." It credited the recovery in the housing market. Retailer J.C. Penney's quarterly revenue tumbled 12 percent.
Aug 21, 2013 — U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has approved Kodak's plan to emerge from court oversight. That paves the way for it to be a much smaller company focused on commercial and packaging printing.