This has been an awkward time between Donald Trump and the U.S intelligence community, as the President-elect has very publicly questioned the competency of agencies like the CIA and FBI over their assessment that Russia was behind cyber-attacks which had the intent of helping Trump win the election.  Today, some of those intelligence officials appeared before the Senate Armed Services committee to discuss their findings, one day before they present them to Trump.  Republican senator John McCain initiated today's hearing.  Jim Braude (@jimbraude) gets insight on how this could play out from: Gregg Housh (@GreggHoush), a former member of Anonymous and the founder and CEO of Rebel News; Retired Brigadier General Kevin Ryan, who is now the Director of Defense and Intelligence Projects at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; and Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem), a former deputy director at Homeland Security and host of the Scif podcast.

While Donald Trump might down play the seriousness of cyber-attacks, that’s not the case with businesses which fear the devastating consequences of a security breach.  WGBH’s Cristina Quinn (@cristinatquinn) goes inside the IBM Security Cyber Range in a Cambridge, a new facility training workers how to deal with a cyber-attack in real time.

When Alabama and Clemson face off Monday in the 2017 College Football National Championship game, some of those collegiate players will be getting paid to play.  Jim talks to Northeastern University Athletic Director Peter Roby (@ADRoby) and Shira Springer (@ShiraSpringer), who writes for the Boston Globe and covers sports and society for WBUR, about the debate over whether college athletes should be compensated.

The concept is called Slow TV, shows that unfold very slowly and are meant to help us relax.  But they’re not having that effect on Jim and he explains why.