This week on CounterSpin: Edward Snowden’s NSA’s surveillance disclosures have sparked a debate over privacy, spying and civil liberties. A new book tells the history of those issues, and warns about the threat to democracy posed by snooping government agencies and corporations. We’ll talk to author Heidi Boghosian about her book Spying on Democracy.
Also on the program: While headlines declare a housing “recovery,” thousands of people are still losing their homes to bank-driven foreclosure. But then elite media think of housing as a “market” issue rather than a story about community and human rights. A new book explores how people are fighting back, not just against foreclosures but against that worldview as well. Our guest is journalist Laura Gottesdiener, author of A Dream Foreclosed: Black America and the Fight for A Place to Call Home, out now from Zuccotti Park Press.