The FCC and Obscenity

This week, both the FCC and Congress are taking a new look at obscenity over the airwaves, after decades of court cases and regulation have yet to arrive at a comfortable standard of decency. Join NPR's Neal Conan and his guests for a discussion of words we can't actually say on the radio.


Frank Ahrens
*Washington Post reporter

Rep. Lamar Smith
*Republican Congressman from Texas
*Co-sponsor of bill to ban eight words/phrases from broadcast, and signer of bill to increase FCC fines

Jeremy Lipschultz
*Professor of Communications, University of Nebraska at Omaha
*Author of Free Expression in the Age of the Internet

Ted Cordes
*Former vice president in charge of broadcast standards for NBC

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