Free speech and disinformation, Senators support removing wolf protections

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The free exchange of ideas is a core piece of American democracy, but what can be done when debates are driven by lies and misinformation? We talk with the author of a new book on how to preserve free speech and get people reliable information. Plus, we talk about protections for the wolf as both of Wisconsin’s senators back legislation to let states manage the species.

Featured in this Show

  • Election law expert on how 'Cheap Speech' has changed American politics

    Election law expert Richard Hasen joins the show to talk about the 2020 election, its aftermath and his new book “Cheap Speech: How Disinformation Poisons Our Politics―and How to Cure It.”

  • What's behind a bill to delist gray wolves from federal protection

    Wisconsin senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin have introduced a bill to remove federal protections for gray wolves. We talk with a wildlife biologist and current Chair of the Timber Wolf Alliance Advisory Council to talk about what a return to state control would mean for wolves in Wisconsin.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Lee Rayburn Technical Director
  • Rachael Vasquez Producer
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Richard Hasen Guest
  • Adrian Wydeven Guest