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To The Best Of Our Knowledge

30 EpisodesProduced by Wisconsin Public RadioWebsite

To The Best Of Our Knowledge is a nationally-syndicated, Peabody award-winning public radio show that dives headlong into the deeper end of ideas. We have conversations with novelists and poets, scientists and software engineers, journalists and historians, filmmakers and philosophers, artists and a… read more


Filtering Free Speech

The line between free speech and hate speech isn't always clear. When college students shout down a campus speaker, when a woman yells racial slurs in a parking lot, or when HR calls with a reprimand — when does free speech violate safe space? When does sensitivity become censorship?

This weekend’s program "Filtering Free Speech" examines the difficult subject of censorship and free expression. In our first interview, acclaimed writer Walter Mosley uses the "N-word" four times to describe a very troubling experience when he was reprimanded for using this word in a Hollywood writers’ room. Mosley, who himself is black, was so angered by the exchange that he resigned from his job.

The "N-word" is intrinsic to his story — not gratuitous — so we have chosen not to bleep the word. On the broadcast our host provides a very clear warning to alert listeners to what they will hear.

If you'd prefer to listen to a censored version, you can listen to one here.

Original Air Date: September 28, 2019

**Guests: **

Walter MosleyJonathan HaidtDorothy KimAlissa QuartDavid Maraniss

**Interviews In This Hour: **

An Uncomfortable Conversation In The Writers' RoomWho Decides Who Should Speak On Campus?White Supremacists Are Embracing Symbols Of The Middle Ages. What's A Medieval Scholar To Do?So You've Been CancelledWhat Can We Learn About Today From The McCarthy Era Blacklist?Who Decides Who Should Speak? The Past And Present Of Free Speech On College Campuses

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