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The Brian Lehrer Show

Has Freedom of Speech Run Its Course With the MTA?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Last week, the MTA voted to reject advertisements containing political viewpoints. WNYC reporter Kate Hinds discusses the MTA's attempt to eliminate controversial ads from subways.

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Transportation Nation

MTA Votes to Ban Political Ads

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Over the objections of some public speakers — as well as some board members — the MTA changed its policy so it could reject controversial ads.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

World Voices, Hate Speech?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The novelist Francine Prose discusses why she withdrew as a host from the PEN gala. Then, PEN's president Andrew Solomon talks about the state of free expression.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

PEN Writers Protest; Sen. Warren's Influence on Hillary; Food Industry Changes

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The (Senator) Warren effect; the novelist Francine Prose; big changes to the food industry & an exploration of the most controversial elements of the Quran. 

Transportation Nation

Court Ruling Leads MTA to Propose Banning Political Ads Altogether

Monday, April 27, 2015

In the past couple of years, the MTA has had as many court cases dealing with free speech as it has had fare hikes. Now, it wants to accept only viewpoint-neutral ads.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

Columbia's Lee Bollinger on Free Speech

Monday, March 09, 2015

Columbia University's President Lee Bollinger discusses the university's first freedom of speech awards.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Charges Coming Against Sen. Menendez; Lee Bollinger & Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Monday, March 09, 2015

Federal corruption charges against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez are imminent; Columbia's Lee Bollinger; affordable housing news; & NYC schools chancellor Carmen Fariña.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Future of Free Speech in America

Thursday, January 22, 2015

After Charlie Hebdo, American citizens and media institutions alike are reconsidering what "free speech" really means--and what it should mean. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

When Totally Free Speech Isn't Actually That Free

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Even as French leaders have spoken out in defense of free speech and in support of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, a French comic has been arrested for hate speech. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Limits Of: Free Speech; #SOTU2015; This Planet

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The State of the Union is tonight. Plus: one man looks for his childhood bully; last year was the planet's hottest on record; how the US and France defend free speech differently. 

WNYC News

Upper West Side Bookstore Finds Eager Buyers for Charlie Hebdo

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Book Culture quickly sold all 100 of its copies of the French satirical publication's most recent edition.

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The Takeaway

America's Game of Risk

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's been 13 years since the September 11th attacks, but terrorism remains one of the foremost threats facing the United States. How should the U.S. balance privacy and civil liberties?

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Considers Free Speech & the Internet

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court has agreed to consider the case Elonis v. United States in its next term, starting October 2014. The case examines the intersection between free speech and criminal behavior on the internet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Brendan O'Neill, editor of the British online magazine spiked,  says the U.S. should be wary of the kind of free speech limits Europe has imposed and why the magazine launched a "Free Speech Now!" campaign.

Then U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY8) from Brooklyn and co-sponsor of the "Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014," explains why it's time to update the 20-year-old congressional report on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes and what kind of speech could lead to hate crimes.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Matters: Fathers; Speech; Gangs

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After a huge raid at two Harlem housing projects, some residents are frustrated at how law enforcement is reacting to the problem of gangs. We’ll hear why. Plus: NJPR’s Matt Katz on the testimony Governor Christie’s chief of staff gave about Bridgegate; and how much do fathers matter biologically, economically, and socially? Plus: two takes on free speech and hate speech in the US and Europe.

On The Media

A Blogger's First Amendment Rights - and Responsibilities

Friday, January 24, 2014

A federal court ruled last week that a blogger who had lost a defamation suit in 2011 should have the same free speech protections as a traditional journalist, and as everyone else who publishes online. The blogger is Crystal Cox, who is notorious for creating domain names and blog posts tarring the online reputations of her targets and then offering to fix the problem for a price. Bob speaks to Ellyn Angelotti of the Poynter Institute about what the decision from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals means for First Amendment protections online, and whether it matters that Cox is the defendant.

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On The Media

Combating "Bad" Speech With More Speech

Friday, January 24, 2014

The blogger Crystal Cox has also targeted First Amendment lawyer Marc Randazza, his wife, and their toddler. Bob spoke to Randazza in the Spring of 2012 about how Cox's actions were testing his free speech values. Since then, Randazza decided to take her to court and won. (He told us this week that his legal strategy had nothing to do with the content of Cox's speech and were instead based on domain law. His court arguments are available upon request, for free, if you ever find yourself in Cox's cross hairs). Randazza also blogs at The Legal Satyricon.

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On The Media

A Retweet Can Send You to Jail, A Like is Free Speech

Thursday, September 19, 2013

So here's two strange stories from opposite sides of the world.

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On The Media

'The Deciders'

Friday, May 31, 2013

There's a small group of men and women - "Deciders" - at big tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter who make decisions everyday about what offensive speech is pulled from their sites. The huge scale of those sites gives those Deciders enormous influence over the state of free speech on the web. Bob speaks with George Washington University Law professor Jeffrey Rosen, who wrote about the Deciders and their many decisions in The New Republic.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What The Gun Debate Means for Free Speech

Friday, February 15, 2013

What's the 2nd amendment have to do with the 1st? Jim Sleeper, author and lecturer in political science at Yale University, argues in his recent writing that the debate over gun violence should also include a debate over violent speech and media.

 

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