The “I’m Ok Without Friends” Edition
We’re going to stalk our former Rational Security hosts. We’ll talk about this feed and what we should do with it. And, we’ll chew over how the first hearing of the Jan. 6 commission went. Sort of.
The "LinkedOut" Edition
This week, Alan, Quinta and Scott were joined by Lawfare cyber fellow Alvaro Marañon! They sat down to discuss:“Some Professional News”: LinkedIn is leaving China over the challenges of complying with its strict regulations on social media. Will other companies follow—and should they?“Diamond Joe’s Decryption Key Party”: Last week the White House hosted a summit on combating ransomware—but Russia wasn’t invited. What does it tell us about international efforts to combat cybercrime?“How Do You Stop a Schoolyard Brawl?”: What should the Department of Justice do about violent threats against school principals and other public employees responsible for enforcing masking policies?For object lessons, Quinta celebrated the return ofSuccession; Alan rejoiced at the long foretold coming of Mel Brooks'sHistory of the World Part II; Scott recommended listeners binge the very podcast-oriented new showOnly Murders in the Building; and Alvaro drew our attention to therecent purchaseof soccer team Newcastle United by Saudi Arabia's public investment fund, and its apparent widespread acceptance just two years after that country's involvement in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Be sure to visit our show page atwww.lawfareblog.comand to follow us on Twitter at@RatlSecurity.And Rational Security listeners can now get a committed ad-free feed by becoming a Lawfare material supporter atwww.patreon.com/lawfare!
The "Choosy Spies Choose JIF" Edition
This week, Alan, Quinta and Scott were joined by Rational Security forefather andWashington Postreporter Shane Harristo discuss:“The Hunt for Bread October”: Which country did a U.S. Navy employee and his wife attempt to smuggle nuclear secrets to inside a peanut butter sandwich? And why did that country turn them over to FBI instead?“Turn After Leaving”: Is the intelligence community executing its own pivot to Asia—and will the post-withdrawal collapse of Afghanistan stymie its effort?“You Got Served”: Will the January 6 committee get the testimony and documents it is demanding, over former President Trump’s open direction not to cooperate?For object lessons, Alan steered listeners to do some self-guided learning via theGreat Courses Plusprogram; Quinta brought some attention to the unique items former White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham chose toput in her backgroundduring her recent appearance onMeet the Press; Scott encouraged D.C. residents to run and get thecocomotion, rum distilleryCotton & Reed's incredibly delicious rendition of a fermented piña colada, before temperatures get too chilly; and Shane doubled down on theQueen's endorsement of her new favorite show,Line of Duty.Be sure to visit our show page atwww.lawfareblog.comand to follow us on Twitter at@RatlSecurity.And Rational Security listeners can now get a committed ad-free feed by becoming a Lawfare material supporter atwww.patreon.com/lawfare!
The "What's In The Box?!?" Edition
This week, Alan, Quinta, and Scott were joined by special guest and Lawfare associate editor Bryce Klehm to discuss:"The Problem with Nosy Neighbors": How concerned should we be about the Chinese military getting up in Taiwan’s business—and airspace—over the weekend?"If You Want to be Popular, Don't Go to Law School": Does the Supreme Court’s declining popularity mean it is headed for a legitimacy crisis? And finally:"Now That's Outside-the-Box Financial Planning": What do the recently unleashed Pandora Papers tell us about the world’s wealthy elites—and the people leaking information about them?For object lessons, Quinta encouraged listeners to check out pictures and other remembrances of theCOVID memorial exhibiton the National Mall that ended this past weekend; Scott endorsedthe YouTube channel of his favorite online bartenderas well as his new favorite drink,the Trinidad Sour; Alan sang the praises of his favorite open source operating system, Linux, andurged others to convert; and Bryce spoke of his love for Ken Burns andhis latest documentary on Muhammad Ali.And if you have questions for our forthcoming mailbag segment, be sure tosend them to us!Be sure to visit our show page atwww.lawfareblog.comand to follow us on Twitter at@RatlSecurity.And Rational Security listeners can now get a committed ad-free feed by becoming a Lawfare material supporter atwww.patreon.com/lawfare!