11/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Justice For All? The Patriot Act, Rape Victims and America's Youth Re-Assert Themselves

Just because the issue hasn't been in the public eye for the last couple of months, that doesn't mean that the Patriot Act and FISA and illegal wiretapping aren't still cause for concern to a lot of people on both sides of the aisle. Today, Jon Pincus, CEO of the Seattle startup QWORKY and the co-chair of the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy (CFP) 2010 Conference, joins us to talk these essential, nuts-and-bolts issues: Will Congress reauthorize certain parts of the Patriot Act before the end of the year? Will activism on Twitter and Facebook, like Pincus's notorious "Get FISA Right" group on during the election, make a difference? Will the conservative Tea Partiers go nutty and join the far-leftist liberals in fighting against government wiretaps? (Fingers crossed. Think of the signage!)

We also talk Roman Polanski's arrest and the immediate "rape apology" by half of Hollywood. What's with this, guys? Yeah, he's an artist, but the dude drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl and then fled his sentencing. This isn't a complicated issue if you believe in justice. We also kick the tires on those unemployment numbers for young people - over 50% ... wow... - and discuss whether or not these unemployed young'uns will end up taking up a noble cause because, ya know, there's nothin' good on TV and they're sick of internships. Finally, there's that ridiculous talking-heads reality TV-like competition on Washington Post, aiming to crowdsource their next columnist. While the process might be absurd, it's a job in journalism, right? I call dibs!

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Wilshire & Washington, the weekly Blog Talk Radio program that explores the intersection of politics, entertainment, and new media, features co-hosts Ted Johnson, Managing Editor of Variety; conservative blogger Teresa Valdez Klein (, and liberal blogger Maegan Carberry ( The show airs every Wednesday at 7:30am PST on