Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law, Accents And Politics

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Can political candidates’ accents affect their success at the polls? Our guest breaks down different regional accents, and how they can change during an election campaign. We also get a legal opinion on Indiana’s controversial new religious freedom law.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Galen Druke Producer
  • Kimi King Guest
  • William Labov Guest

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