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Ever feel like you missed the beginning of an important news story? Leonard will catch you up during Backstory.

Ever feel like you missed the beginning of an important news story? Leonard will catch you up during Backstory.
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Backstory: US Drones Strikes and the "Disposition Matrix"

10/25/2012
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During Monday's Presidential debate, moderator Bob Schieffer asked just one question about U.S. drone-strikes, despite the fact that the controversial drone program is now one of the cornerstones of the country's counter-terrorism policy. Washington Post intelligence reporter Greg Miller tells us about his investigation of a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.” He's written about it in the Washington Post's special report, the Permanent War.

Duration: 00:14:14


Backstory: Privacy in the Digital Age

10/18/2012
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Verizon Wireless recently came under fire when it was revealed the company has begun selling information about its customers—including users’ geographical locations, app usage, and web browsing activities—to third parties. Last month the ACLU released documents showing a massive increase in electronic surveillance by the government. For this week's Backstory, CNET’s Declan McCullagh gives an update on digital privacy, explaining who is pushing the boundaries of what can be done with our...

Duration: 00:21:00


Backstory: The Medical Marijuana Industry

10/11/2012
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Since the mid 1990s, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws. In some states, like California, a vast growing and dispensary system has sprung up for a drug that the federal government still considers illegal. Journalist Jim Rendon went behind the scenes with many of the people who work in what is both an illicit and quasi-legal industry. His book is called Supercharged: How Outlaws Hippies and Scientists Reinvented Marijuana.

Backstory: Voter ID Laws and the 2012 Election

9/20/2012
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On Tuesday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court vacated a ruling earlier this summer that had upheld the state’s Voter ID law. On this week’s Backstory, Richard Hasen, Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of California Irvine School of Law, talks about how Pennsylvania is just the latest state where Voter ID laws are being challenged or struck down. And we’ll find out what that means for the election in November.

Backstory: Drought and Food Supplies Around the World

8/1/2012
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More than half of counties in the United States have been declared disaster zones due to drought. But the United States isn’t the only country experiencing crop failures or higher food costs as a result. On today’s second Backstory, Earth Policy Institute President Lester Brown talks about water shortages in Pakistan, East Africa, and elsewhere—and how they’re affecting food supplies.

Backstory: Iraq After the U.S. Departure

7/26/2012
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Earlier this week Iraq was rocked by a series of coordinated attacks, which killed at least 115 people across the county. The associated press called the attacks the worst the country has seen in two years. Sebastian Walker, a correspondent for Fault Lines, on Al Jazeera English, looks at the situation in Iraq since the United States withdrawal.

Backstory: Understanding Libor

7/26/2012
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress yesterday that he warned UK officials about problems with the LIBOR interbank lending rate as early as four years ago. ProPublica’s Cora Currier joins us to explain the ongoing LIBOR scandal.

Backstory: Iraq After the U.S. Departure

7/25/2012
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Earlier this week Iraq was rocked by a series of coordinated attacks, which killed at least 115 people across the county. The associated press called the attacks the worst the country has seen in two years. Sebastian Walker, a correspondent for Fault Lines, on Al Jazeera English, looks at the situation in Iraq since the United States withdrawal.

Backstory: Understanding Libor

7/25/2012
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Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress yesterday that he warned UK officials about problems with the LIBOR interbank lending rate as early as four years ago. ProPublica’s Cora Currier joins us to explain the ongoing LIBOR scandal.

Backstory: What Happened at HSBC

7/19/2012
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This week the Senate held hearings on HSBC’s failure to halt illegal foreign transactions involving Mexican drug traffickers and Middle Eastern banks with suspected ties to terrorists. Tom Easton, the New York finance and economics correspondent for The Economist, talks about why the bank was overwhelmed by compliance demands of so many different countries—and why its competitors may be as well.

Backstory Update: Egypt Since Tahrir Square

7/18/2012
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Ashraf Khalil joined us in January 2011, as protesters filled Tahrir Square. On today’s Backstory, he updates us on how Egypt’s democracy has taken shape, the growing power struggle between the country’s military and its democratically elected officials, and the mixed messages of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit there earlier this week. Ashraf Khalil is the author of Liberation Square: Inside the Egyptian Revolution and the Rebirth of a Nation.

Backstory: A History of Money in Politics

7/12/2012
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Mother Jones staff reporter Andy Kroll examines the four-decade fight over campaign fundraising and spending in American politics. His article, "Follow the Dark Money, " is in the July/August issue of Mother Jones.

Backstory: The Rhetoric on Healthcare Reform

6/28/2012
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On the heels of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Propublica’s Charlie Ornstein and The Economist’s Charlotte Howardtake a look back at the political talking points which engulfed what came to be known as “Obamacare.”

"Reportero"

6/21/2012
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Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a newspaper based in Tijuana, one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper’s founding in 1980, two of the paper’s editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its aggressive investigative reporting. “Reportero” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch...

Backstory: Sectarian Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

6/7/2012
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There has been an uptick in religious violence in Sub-Saharan Africa recently, including the rise of Islamist groups in Mali and church bombings in Nigeria. Eliza Griswold, a Guggenheim Fellow and author of the book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, examines what’s happening and why.

Backstory: The Eurozone Crisis

6/7/2012
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There’s been talk of Greece returning to the drachma and now the European Union and Germany are said to be exploring the possibility of rescuing Spain. On this week’s first Backstory, Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, talks about the latest developments in the ongoing economic crisis in the Eurozone.

Backstory: The Mubarak Trial and Egyptian Elections

5/31/2012
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The first round of voting in the Egyptian elections happened last week, and the verdict in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak is expected this Saturday. Sherine Tadros, Cairo-based correspondent for Al Jazeera, discusses the state of Egyptian politics.

Backstory: Moving Towards Justice for Victims of Guatemalan Civil War

5/31/2012
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ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella tells the story of Oscar Alfred Ramrez Castaeda, whose family lived in a remote village that was attacked as part of a government offensive in 1982, when he was still a child. Castaeda thought he had lost his entire family, but he was reunited with his father earlier this week, thanks to technologies and resources that are only now helping prosecutors and victims piece together what happened during the three-decade civil war in Guatemala in the hopes that...

Backstory: Living Planet Report

5/24/2012
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The World Wildlife Fund has released its new Living Planet Report. Kate Newman, the Managing Director of Public Sector Initiatives and Field Programs at the WWF, assesses the state of global biodiversity.

Backstory: Matt Taibbi on JP Morgan Chase

5/17/2012
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Matt Taibbi,Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone, joins us to talk about the recent $2 billion loss at JP Morgan Chase and the state of Wall Street. Taibbi is the author ofGriftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History.
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