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The Past -- and Future -- of the CIA

With the resignation of CIA Director George Tenet, the role of intelligence in U.S. policy has come to prominence again, as the CIA and other agencies seek to defuse terrorist cells and foil attempts to spread nuclear materials. NPR's Liane Hansen speaks with Amy Zegart , UCLA professor and author of Flawed by Design: The Evolution of the CIA, JCS, and NSC, about the prospects for the Central Intelligence Agency in the post-Tenet era.

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Liane Hansen
Liane Hansen has been the host of NPR's award-winning Weekend Edition Sunday for 20 years. She brings to her position an extensive background in broadcast journalism, including work as a radio producer, reporter, and on-air host at both the local and national level. The program has covered such breaking news stories as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the capture of Saddam Hussein, the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr., and the Columbia shuttle tragedy. In 2004, Liane was granted an exclusive interview with former weapons inspector David Kay prior to his report on the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. The show also won the James Beard award for best radio program on food for a report on SPAM.