Active Listening, Eavesdropping, and Surveillance

Mike asks, “When I am actively listening to a conversation that I am not involved in, am I not eavesdropping and is eavesdropping not at least somehow a subclass of surveillance activities?”  You’ll hear Mike navigate the streets, subways, and pizza shops of NYC and wonder whether listening to this episode makes you an active listener, eavesdropper, surveillant, all, none, and more importantly, whether or not that is okay…you decide.  Then hear Mike ponder whether the presence of a microphone and/or a recorder can make you hear differently.

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