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In The Know-It-Alls, former New York Times technology columnist Noam Cohen chronicles the political rise of Silicon Valley.

Defending the Constitution's First Amendment: The Freedom of Speech Clause protecting free speech, both literal and symbolic -- the 70th Anniversary of the Hollywood Movie Industry's Blacklist hearings and today's professional athletes' right to kneel at the playing of the national anthem. Guests: Mike Farrell, a civil rights activist (formerly of "Mash" TV); Christopher Morales, a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law; Novella Coleman, a staff attorney with the ACLU; and Marshall Krause, a former ACLU attorney. Questions for Chuck's guests? Please call toll-free 866-798-8255.

'Free speech week' an expensive, provocative bust at UC Berkeley

Sep 26, 2017
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Carol Christ called this a "free speech" year when she took over as the UC Berkeley chancellor. But a conservative student group called Berkeley Patriot co-opted that language in advertising a "free speech week" – which was supposed to be taking place right now.


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Wednesday marks the first day of classes at the University of California, Berkeley, which means it’s also the first day of classes for new Chancellor Carol Christ.

Is hate speech protected by the Constitution?

Aug 23, 2017
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The National Park Service today has decided to issue a permit to right-wing group Patriot Prayer for a rally on Saturday in San Francisco’s Crissy Field.

Your Call: Free speech on college and university campuses

Jun 14, 2017
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What’s the right way to do free speech on campus?

Your Call weekly kudos: February 26th, 2016

Feb 26, 2016


On the February 26th edition of Your Call, it’s our Friday media roundtable.

Philosophy Talk asks: Should satire have its limits?

Jul 24, 2015

Are there topics we should never satirize? Is there a well-defined line between satire and hate speech? 

The unexamined year is not worth reviewing:

The Year in Race and Justice with Chris Lebron, Professor of African-American Studies at Yale University and author of The Color Of Our Shame: Race and Justice In Our Time

The Year in Academic Freedom with Katherine Franke, Professor of Law at Columbia University and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law

Liza Veale

Earlier this fall San Francisco Muni buses displayed an ad that may have upset you. Or angered you. Or made you feel threatened. The Muni ad was part of an anti-Islam campaign calling itself the American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI. It wasn’t the first time AFDI’s ads ran on Muni buses and it probably won’t be the last.

From April 15, 2011.



50 years beyond the dream

Aug 28, 2013

It was 50 years ago today that over 250,000 people gathered in Washington for the Jobs and Freedom March. On that day, Martin Luther King JR made one of HISTORY’S most famous speeches: “I Have a Dream.”


On today's Your Call, we’ll talk about the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. What would these bills actually do?   The issue has been pitted as Hollywood versus Silicon Valley.  How will this affect the rest of us?  Join us at 10 or email  How do you think intellectual property should be protected on the internet?  And how do we balance that with free speech?  It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.