March 1st: What's On Today's Show : Blog Of The Nation In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, online user privacy, and the author of Patience: The Art Of Peaceful Living. In the second hour, Eyal Press on taking a stand and his new book, Beautiful Souls, and whether or not proper spelling really matters.
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March 1st: What's On Today's Show

Exhibitors of the Google company work in front of a illuminated sign at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany, Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Jens Meyer/AP hide caption

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Data Mining
Beginning today, Google is combining more than 60 privacy policies in order to streamline the information that it collects about its users. Google says it hopes to create a "beautifully simple, intuitive user experience across Google." Critics say the new policy digs deeper into users' lives. Guest host John Donvan talks with Rainey Reitman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lori Andrews, author of I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy.

'Patience: The Art Of Peaceful Living'
Patience is said to be a virtue. But when your cellular can't find a signal, or you're stuck in rush hour traffic, or someone spills a hot mocha on your newly dry-cleaned suit, finding calm and being nice can be challenging. Host John Donvan talks to Allan Lokos about why people lose patience and how to regain it. Lokos is a Buddhist teacher and the author of Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living.

'Beautiful Souls'
In 2000, Leyla Wylder was working as a stock broker in Houston, Texas, leading a relatively ordinary life. But when Wylder was encouraged to sell what she felt were fraudulent investments, she began to ask questions about her company's investment practices. Her curiosity eventually led to her being fired. Wylder found herself in a role she never thought she'd occupy — a whistleblower — a role that led her to testify before Senate committees against her old company, and won her the respect of many of her former colleagues. Wylder is one of many people profiled in Eyal Press's new book, Beautiful Souls: Saying No, Breaking Ranks, and Heeding the Voice of Conscience in Dark Times. In the book, Press writes about "unexceptional people who took great risks not because they felt drawn to lofty causes but because they were in a position to help someone and did." Guest host John Donvan talks with Press about the people profiled in the book and what it takes to take a stand.

Does Spelling Matter?
In a provocative article in the January edition of Wired magazine, author Anne Trubek argued that our fixation on correct spelling is outdated, and technology — like spellcheckers and autocorrect — just reinforce the old rules. Trubek thinks we should abandon the old, outdated spelling rules and "let luce." But in his own piece, Wired copy editor Lee Simmons argued that "text talk" is exclusionary, and standards are what make communication possible.