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June 7, 2013


News Panel: Video Surveillance, Cyber Security, and Obamacare

A leaked top secret court order reveals that the phone records of millions of U.S. citizens are being collected in bulk by the National Security Administration. The order, first reported by the Guardian, requires the telecommunications giant Verizon to turn over information about all telephone calls in its system during a three-month period. Top leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee are defending the practice, saying the widespread monitoring effort has been ongoing for several years.

Cyber-security will be high on the agenda this week when Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with U.S. President Barack Obama in California. At stake is whether American businesses, and especially Silicon Valley companies like Apple and Google, can protect themselves from hackers snooping for corporate secrets or intellectual property.

President Obama visits Silicon Valley this week during a fundraising swing through the state. Mr. Obama gives a speech in San Jose on Friday to shore up concerns about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as the health-care overhaul rolls out in California, ahead of the rest of the nation. KQED's Obamacare Explained: A Guide for Californians provides some answers for consumers.


  • Lisa Aliferis, KQED State of Health
  • Joseph Menn, Reuters
  • Levi Sumagaysay, Silicon Beat

Rebels With A Cause

Bay Area husband and wife team Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto talk about their latest film Rebels With A Cause. The documentary spotlights ordinary citizens who fought to preserve open space in what are now the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Rebels With A Cause is currently playing in Bay Area theaters.


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