UW-La Crosse free speech, Mental health care system

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Chancellor Gow stands in a crowd of people at an outdoor ceremony.
UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow attends a dedication for the sculpture “Effigy: Bird Form” on Friday, Sept. 15, 2023, at UW-Madison in Madison, Wis. Angela Major/WPR

A free speech expert joins to look at the First Amendment issues involving fired UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow. Then, we talk to the author of a new book that tells the story of a family struggling with the mental health care system.

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  • UW-La Crosse chancellor firing raises questions about pornography and free speech

    Last week, the UW System Board of Regents unanimously voted to fire UW–La Crosse chancellor Joe Gow after discovering that he had been making pornographic videos with his wife and posting them online. The story has made national news and sparked a debate about free speech. We take a look behind the headlines with a Wisconsin reporter and an employment rights expert.

  • One family's mental health journey in an age of silence

    Meg Kissinger spent her long career at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel exposing the shortcomings of the US mental health care system. We talk to her about her new memoir, where she dissects her own family’s internal struggle with mental illness at a time when stigma kept them silent.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Trina La Susa Technical Director
  • Richelle Wilson Producer
  • Beatrice Lawrence Producer
  • Kelly Meyerhofer Guest
  • Lewis Maltby Guest
  • Meg Kissinger Guest

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