Truth Telling in the Public Interest

Truth Telling in the Public Interest

What motivates someone to speak out against injustice in the government or private sector?

What motivates someone to speak out against injustice in the government or private sector? Without whistleblowers, we might never have known about abuses on Wall Street or the use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects. But the decision to speak out often involves conflicting loyalties and harsh consequences. We explore how whistleblowers and other "truth tellers" navigate and overcome those issues.

Guests

Eyal Press

Author, "Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Ali Soufan

Recipient, Ridenhour Book Prize, 2012; Author, "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaeda" (W.W. Norton); Chief Executive Officer, Soufan Group LLC

Jesselyn Radack

National Security & Human Rights Director, Government Accountability Project; author "Traitor: The Whistleblower and the "American Taliban" (Whistleblower Press)

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