On the Media: September 9, 2011

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Ten years after 9/11, a look at the state of American civil liberties, growing up after the attack, and the evolution of 9/11 humor.

Civil Liberties Since 9/11

After 9/11, the nation’s focus became national security, which some feared would violate civil liberties like privacy and freedom of expression.  Bob spoke to Chicago University Law School Professor Geoff Stone, author of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime from the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism.  Stone says in the decade since the attacks, the nation's record on civil liberties was not as bad as some had feared.

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Arbitrary Restrictions on Photographers

At times during the last decade, authorities have arbitrarily stopped photographers from taking pictures in the name of national security. For example, University of Maryland student Reza Farhoodi was removed from his seat at a Washington Redskins game because he was using a 'professional camera' – even though there is no prohibition against using 'professional' cameras at football games. Brooke spoke with attorney Morgan Manning about being forbidden to photograph.

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Newly Released 9/11 Audio

This week, Rutgers Law Review published an archive of conversations between air traffic controllers on the morning of September 11, 2001. Jim Dwyer of The New York Times wrote about the newly released audio, and talks to Bob about what we can learn from them.

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Al Jazeera English in America

Since its launch in 2006, Al Jazeera English has had a lot of trouble breaking into American markets. Andrew Stelzer reports a cautionary tale about Burlington, Vermont, a town whose cable service picked up Al Jazeera English, inspiring intense local protests.

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Growing up in the shadow of 9/11

When WNYC's Radio Rookies–a program that teaches kids how to tell their own stories–put out a call for personal tales of 9/11, Brendan Illis answered. Illis was 6-years-old when the towers fell, after which he became a voracious news consumer.  He says 9/11 and the past decade of news have played a pivotal role in the direction of his life.

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Telling Jokes After September 11th

The week after the 9/11 attacks, Brooke hosted a call-in show with comedian Will Ferrell. In this rebroadcast, Brooke talks with Ferrell about the way comedians reacted directly after the twin towers fell.

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Telling Jokes about September 11th

Comedian and host of the WTF podcast Marc Maron was living in New York during the attacks of 9/11. Brooke talks to Maron about how comedians began to grapple with the tragedy in their acts and how he dealt with it personally.

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The acquiescent Media after 9/11

Bob looks back at the media's initial response to 9/11, when journalistic independence took a backseat to patriotism.  He says journalists performed their real patriotic duty when they stopped being compliant and started questioning authority once again.

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