Aired: March 28, 2015

Secrecy in the “Sunshine Era”


Electronic health records can save billions of dollars and increase patient safety. But in the United States, they can also put individual privacy at risk, more so than in the European Union. Janine Hiller (Virginia Tech) spent a semester in Sweden studying Europe’s approach to balancing patient privacy and health rights.

Image via Flickr user stevendepolo

  • Ideology in Textbooks (10 min.)

    With: Emile Lester, University of Mary Washington

    Last year, a commission of experts found new history textbooks approved by the Board of Education in Texas were pushing a specific ideology. One of the experts says parts of the textbooks weren’t just misleading; they were false.

  • Interpreting the Magna Carta (8 min.)

    With: Thomas McSweeney, College of William and Mary

    Has the Magna Carta’s 800-year legacy been a snowball of misinterpretations? One scholar doesn’t think its authors intended it to be the foundational text for common law that it became.

  • Secrecy in the Sunshine Era (10 min.)

    With: Jason Ross Arnold, Virginia Commonwealth University

    In the 1970s, a series of laws ushered in a new “sunshine era” of unprecedented government transparency. Secrecy in the Sunshine Era investigates how, despite these reforms, government officials developed new workarounds, including overclassification, concealment, shredding, and burning.

  • Accessible Government (12 min.)

    With: Waldo Jaquith

    Jaquith is a pioneer in using the web to foster more open and accessible government. His projects include for the White House, States Decoded, and a website that allows users to watch video of floor action in state capitols and even vote on what they’d like to see in a bill.

  • Wikipedia in the Classroom (6 min.)

    With: Kyle Nicholas, Old Dominion University

    Wikipedia has been viewed with skepticism or worse in the academic community. But one professor has his students edit Wikipedia pages to develop their critical thinking skills and media literacy.




2 Comments on “Secrecy in the “Sunshine Era””

  1. Betty Johnson

    Hi, i would like to share this show with some friends, how do I do that?

    i cllcked on the link and only brought up info about the presenters, what am i missing?

    thank you
    Betty Johnson

  2. Kelley Libby

    Hi Betty,

    Thanks for listening and for sharing the show with your friends. Just below the show’s description on this page, you’ll see a blue “comment” button, along with three icons (for facebook, twitter, and email). Click on the email icon (looks like an envelope) and pick the email service you use. A link to the show will automatically be inserted into an email. You can then add your friends’ email addresses and send away!

    If you need help, give a call: 434-924-6895

    Very best,
    Kelley Libby

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