Republican bill would punish colleges for free speech violations

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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt and interim UW System president Tommy Thompson
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt, left, and interim UW System president Tommy Thompson, right, observe more than 100 members of the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Marching Band during a rally to encourage students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Rich Kremer/WPR

A Republican bill in the state legislature would punish public universities if they violate students’ free speech rights. We find out more about what the bill would change and hear about one group’s support of it.

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Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Rich Kremer Guest
  • Joe Cohn Guest