California Wildfires, Aspiring Wisconsin Filmmaker, Suspension Of ESPN Host

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Rudy Habibe, from Puerto Rico, stands by the burning Hilton Sonoma Wine Country hotel, where he was a guest, in Santa Rosa, Calif., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California, sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

An ESPN host was recently suspended for violating the company’s social media policy after she spoke out about racial issues and urged a boycott of the Dallas Cowboys. We discuss the legal aspects of her suspension and how the current political climate is affecting what television personalities are allowed to say. We talk with a native of Sheboygan that was part of the first graduating class at the world’s only film school dedicated solely to comedy.

We also get an update on the deadly wildfires burning in California’s wine country. The map below, from the State of California’s website, shows general locations of the fire:

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  • Sheboygan Native Among First Graduating Class At Influential Chicago Film School

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  • The Legal And First Amendment Questions Raised By Suspension Of ESPN Anchor

    President Trump took a shot at recently suspended ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jemele Hill this week this week, suggesting she was behind bad ratings at the network.

    His tweet came a day after Hill was suspended by the network for a second violation of its social media policy within recent weeks. In recent tweets, she suggested that NFL fans could boycott vendors and advertisers for the Dallas Cowboys. The owner has ordered players to stand for the national anthem or face being benched.

    Hill previously made headlines in September when she tweeted that the president was a “white supremacist” and the White House’s press secretary called her remarks a fireable offense. Join us as we talk with a legal analyst about the role of the First Amendment in Hill’s comments and how that intersects with the workplace policies of her employer.

    Was ESPN wrong to suspend Hill, or is this the right move? Do you think she should be allowed to continue her commentary without repercussions from ESPN? You can be a part of the conversation by, posting on the Ideas Network Facebook page and tweeting at @centraltimewpr.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Veronica Rueckert Host
  • Amanda Magnus Producer
  • Karl Christenson Producer
  • Breann Schossow Producer
  • J. Carlisle Larsen Producer
  • John Hopewell Guest
  • Bethany Berg Guest