Posts Tagged ‘Language & Censorship’

Jason Q. Ng

August 19 . 2013

Internet regulation in China is rarely either obvious or straightforward and this was the inspiration for China specialist Jason Q. Ng to write Blocked on Weibo, an innovative computer script that would make it possible to deduce just which terms are suppressed on China’s most important social media site, Sina Weibo.

Greg Lipper and Marcy Wheeler

July 30 . 2013

Fighting the battle over birth control coverage with Greg Lipper, Sr. Litigation Counsel at Americans United. Later, will the Obama administration attacks on a free press succeed where Nixon failed? Marcy Wheeler (aka “emptywheel”) is a noted blogger on legal issues who writes at

Dave Barry, Paul Krassner

February 7 . 2013

Insane City is a dark comic masterpiece—the first solo adult novel in more than a decade from the Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times–bestselling author, Dave Barry. Later, satirist Paul Krassner talks about the state of political humor.



Geoffrey Nunberg

August 17 . 2012

Prominent linguist, Geoffrey Nunberg talks about his new book, Ascent of the A-Word, which implicitly expresses our deepest values about class, relationships, authenticity, and fairness.

Maggie Nelson

July 26 . 2012

Maggie Nelson’s The Art of Cruelty looks at representations of violence in art by poets, playwrights and novelists with an eye to the question of whether or not focusing on depictions of cruelty actually makes us cruel.

Mickey Huff

October 26 . 2011

Project Censored, under the leadership of Mickey Huff—has produced a list of under reported news stories and a book, Censored 2012, dedicated to the stories that ought to be top features on the nightly news, but that are missing because of media bias and self-censorship.

Joan Del Fattore

January 13 . 2011

How free are students and teachers to express unpopular ideas in public schools and universities? Not free enough, Joan Del Fattore suggests in Knowledge in the Making. She investigates battles over a wide range of topics that have fractured school and university communities—homosexuality-themed children’s books, research on race-based intelligence, the teaching of evolution, the regulation of hate speech, and more.

Stefan Kanfer, Dr. Barbara Bastien

January 12 . 2011

When is it ever okay to use the “N” word?  Is it a mistake to remove it from Huck Finn? Stefan Kanfer, contributing editor at City Journal tells us what he thinks and later Dr. Barbara Bastien will discuss the first anniversary of the earthquake that hit Haiti. She is the author of A Day In January.

James Foster, J W Rinzler

December 22 . 2010

In January 2002, for the first time, the Olympic Torch Relay visited Alaska on its way to the Winter Games. When the relay runner and accompanying camera cars passed, high school senior Joseph Frederick and several friends unfurled a banner reading BONG HiTS 4 JESUS. The book by James Foster is an  in-depth look at student rights within a public high school. Then, JW Rinzler has collected the celebrated sounds from Star Wars and put them in a new book-and-audio collection, The Sounds of Star Wars.

Mark Feldstein, Wayne Grudem

September 28 . 2010

Mark Feldstein’s book, Poisoning the Press recounts not only the disturbing story of an unprecedented White House conspiracy to assassinate a journalist, but also the larger tale of the bitter quarter-century battle between the postwar era’s most embattled politician, Richard Nixon and its most reviled newsman, Jack Anderson. Then, Politics According to the Bible with theologian and author Wayne Grudem.