How I got into the CIA

By Michele RigbyEveryone wants to know, “How do you get hired to work for the CIA?”  I remember looking at a large pile of resumes—there were literally hundreds of them—and throwing mine on the top.  I had never met a CIA agent, and I had no idea what they were looking for, but I was pretty sure it wasn’t me.  I desperately needed a job, so I threw my resume into every possible pile hoping something would work out....more

"Zero Dark Thirty" and the New Female Face of the CIA

The film Zero Dark Thirty, which just received a total of five Oscar nominations (including Best Picture), tells the saga of the search for Osama bin Laden while shining a spotlight on the increasing role of women in the American espionage game. Although she was overlooked for directing honors this year, Kathryn Bigelow builds the film around Maya, played with understated skill by Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain, a CIA analyst unerringly focused on the hunt for bin Laden....more

Controversial Columnist Robert Novak, Dies at 78

Robert D. Novak died Tuesday morning at the age of 78. He is known as a pundit and political commentator, but he was, first and foremost, a journalist. ...more

The Company You Keep

One of the Snapper’s friends (we’ll call him Max) showed up at our house last night, just in time for dinner.  I said sure—with Wally at college we usually have enough food left over to feed a small army.  ...more

Former CIA Agent Valerie Plame Wilson Talks To BlogHer About "Fair Game" & Postpartum Depression

Today I'm thrilled to share the podcast of an interview I just conducted, in partnership with Blogher, with former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson.  ...more
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