June 16: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, hacking and cyberwar, and what makes a platinum hit. In the second hour, books to satisfy wanderlust and surviving a political scandal.
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June 16: What's On Today's Show

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Hacking And Cyberwar
Hackers in recent weeks broke into servers at the U.S. Senate, stole documents from the International Monetary Fund, compromised the Gmail accounts of U.S. government officials and stole security codes to military contractors. Many experts agree that American government and businesses are not prepared for the growing threat of sophisticated cyber attacks, whether they come from a decentralized group of criminals or from a foreign military. Guest Host Andrea Seabrook talks with Jim Lewis, Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, with former hacker and Wired writer Kevin Poulsen and with former hacker Kevin Mitnick about the latest cyber attacks and whether or not we're prepared for the threat.

What Makes A Platinum Hit?
What makes a hit song? Music executive Evan Bogart knows a bit about what it takes to make a song catapult to the top of the charts. He's written hits for Beyonce and Rihanna, and discovered rapper Eminem and the band Maroon 5. Guest host Andrea Seabrook talks with Bogart about his career, the secrets of songwriting and his new Bravo reality show, Platinum Hit.

Books To Satisfy Wanderlust
If a fancy trip won't fit into the summer budget this year, a good book can take you on a journey instead. For this year's annual summer book show, guest host Andrea Seabrook talks with Salon.com book critic Laura Miller about her top picks for books that can take you to new places and cultures, and with novelist Bharati Mukherjee about her latest book, Miss New India.

Surviving A Political Scandal
After facing tremendous pressure to resign, reports indicate that Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) plans to step down today, ten days after admitting that he had "inappropriate conversations" with women via Twitter and other social media tools. Sexual transgressions have sunk the careers of many politicians, but Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D-NY), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA)and even President Bill Clinton have all demonstrated that it is possible to recover politically from public scandal. But while individuals may be able to bounce back politically, does a succession of high-profile scandals tarnish the public's view of Congress as a whole? Host Andrea Seabrook talks with Congress expert Norm Ornstein about why some politicians survive scandal and whether or not individual scandals tarnish the public's perception of Congress as a whole.