Free Speech

Can't Take a Joke?: The Power of Editorial Cartoons

Mar 16, 2016
Signe Wilkinson / NH Humanities

Way back to the times when corrupt party bosses like William Tweed of New York's Tammany Hall, American politicians have known to beware of cartoonists lampooning their greed and missteps. And while nowadays, constituents are more literate and able to read probing newspaper articles than they were in the nineteenth century, the power of editorial cartoons remains: as proved by routine imprisonment of cartoonists in some places of the world, as well as the grim killings at the French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last January.  And since then, there's been greater global attention and awareness to the role political cartoons still play and the controversy they spark.  And this week in the Granite State, New Hampshire Humanities is taking up the topic this week at an event called "Can't Take a Joke?" that explores editorial cartoons, and the subjects of artistic freedom, first amendment rights, and censorship.

7.1.15: Tabloid Journalism, Oddball News, & Owls

Jul 1, 2015
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Here's an odd story for you: an Evangelical Christian from a TV show that celebrates traditional family values is accused of sexually molesting five young girls. That is, of course, Josh Duggar. And who broke the story? Not CNN, or the Huffington Post, but the tabloid magazine In Touch. On today's show we talk about tabloid journalism and follow it up with the idea of a monument dedicated to free speech ... you'd think it would be a welcome endeavor. Then, Man Who Allegedly Licked Toad Arrested For Trespassing, and Guy Wakes Up To Find Bear Nibbling At His Ankle: a conversation about oddball news. And finally, from the Owl and the Pussycat to Hedwig, a life with Mumble the Owl in a London apartment.

Charlie Hebdo & The Future Of Free Expression

Jan 15, 2015
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Last week’s violence in France linked to depictions of Mohammad in a French satirical magazine, has sparked a global conversation about speech, art, satire, free expression and what the limits are.  We’ll look at that discussion as it’s unfolding in this country, from our leading news outlets, to local community groups.

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New Hampshire's highest court has ruled the state violated the free speech rights of a man who wanted "COPSLIE" on his license plate.

From demanding access to employee Facebook profiles to soliciting job applicants via Twitter, the disparity in company policies surrounding social media are a marker of both its newness and its influence in our lives.

Roger Wood / NHPR

Today, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched a political action committee with a goal of countering the influence of the gun lobby. the new PAC leverages public calls for stricter gun controls following the Sandy Hook shooting last month.

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case involving the arrest of a Colorado man who was thrown in jail after telling Vice President Cheney in 2006 that the Bush administration's policies in Iraq were "disgusting."