"On Liberty" Premieres on NightSide with Dan Rea

On September 27, Wendy Kaminer and I appeared together on WBZ 1030's NightSide with Dan Rea for the inaugural broadcast of our soon-to-be-recurring "On Liberty" segment--a project that has been brewing for many years. During the show we discussed the violent protests in the Muslim world supposedly incited by the "Innocence of Muslims" YouTube video, and then opened up the phone lines for callers. The calls led us to an array of First Amendment issues, from flag burning to students' free speech rights to the infamous "shouting fire in a crowded theater," which has become a kind of slogan for would-be censors in recent years.

It was a gripping conversation, and is well worth a listen. You can find it as a podcast on the CBS Boston/WBZ website.

The next installment of "On Liberty" will be on air during the rapidly-approaching holiday season, and will focus on religion in the public sphere.
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NightSide with Dan Rea

Last Wednesday, July 18, I appeared on CBS Boston's NightSide with Dan Rea, to discuss the plight of former Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives Sal DiMasi. DiMasi was convicted in 2009 of committing "honest services fraud," a vague and dangerous law, and is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence. As I discussed in a column in the Boston Phoenix earlier this month, DiMasi's treatment at the hands of the Federal Bureau of Prisons has been unconscionable. And, in light of his recent delayed cancer diagnosis, DiMasi's treatment amounts to a type of torture, with the sole purpose of softening him up to give testimony more favorable to the government before a grand jury sitting in Worcester.

My NightSide interview is a wide-ranging discussion of the DiMasi debacle, and can be found on the CBS Boston website.
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