Podcast Episode 47 – Privacy and Edward Snowden

This past weekend I saw the new documentary Citizenfour about the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

This got me to thinking about privacy and how people feel about the U.S. government having access to private emails, phone calls, video calls and chat messages without getting a warrant and without prior consent.

How do you feel about companies like Google, Microsoft, Apple and Facebook making these records available to governments?

The idea is that after the events of 9/11 here in the U.S., the government has needed to gather this extensive intelligence in order to deter terrorists.

But are they going too far?

To learn more about Edward Snowden and the information that he revealed to the public and how, listen to podcast episode 47.

In this podcast, you will learn more about Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) global surveillance programs and how your online privacy is being affected.

You will hear a lot of relevant and useful vocabulary and expressions in this podcast, including: 

verbs: to document, to leak, to initiate, to gather, to reveal, and more…

nouns: capacity, clearance, duty, warrant and more…

expressions: behind closed doors, in collaboration with, grave consequences, grant someone clemency, and more…

The Lesson Guide is a 14-page PDF that includes the entire transcript, vocabulary words with definitions and sample sentences, comprehension questions, conversation questions, additional information and lots of links to interesting articles and videos about this topic.

To purchase the Lesson Guide for only $1.00, click here.

As always, I hope you enjoy this podcast and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. Please post your thoughts in the comment section below.