FCC v. Fox

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

For more than 30 years, broadcasters have paid the price for things like wardrobe malfunctions and the seven dirty words. Now, a case before the Supreme Court could have a major impact on profanity during primetime. Today: the story behind FCC v. Fox Television Stations. Plus, a live performance from banjo player Jayme Stone.

Bleep No More?

The Supreme Court hears arguments today that the FCC's on-air indecency fines violate the U.S. Constitution – and the resulting decision could have a major impact on radio and TV broadcasters. Today, New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter joins us to discuss the events that have led up to the case (FCC v. Fox Television Stations) and the potential for primetime profanity ahead. And John Eggerton, Washington bureau chief for Broadcasting and Cable Magazine, tells us about this morning's arguments.

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In Studio: Jayme Stone

For Canada's Jayme Stone, the banjo isn't just an American folk instrument, it's a world folk instrument. On his latest album, Room of Wonders, the banjo virtuoso plays music from West Africa, the Balkans, Scandinavia and Brazil-- even Bach. Stone and his band join us today to play live.


Playlist: FCC v. Fox + Jayme Stone

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