Speech Week

Speech WeekDevoting 8 days to discussions of free speech, hate speech, responsible speech, racist and phobic speech and related topics.

Details and Schedule of Programs

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Sunday January 17th
6:00 to 8:00 AM
  “The Curse of the Golden Turnip” Alan LePage and former host of Woman Stirred Radio, Merry Gangemi will wander the back alleys of language use, bringing light to the dark places. As always, your calls will be the sparks that ignite the fires of illumination”.

Mon. 7:00 – 8:00 AM
“In the Weeds” Erica DaCosta interviews Librarian, right on blogger and library consultant, Jessamyn Charity West.
More info at: https://www.reddit.com/user/intheweedsWGDR

Mon. 9:00 – 10:30
”House at Pooh Corner” with Jim Hogue

Mon. 11:00- 12:00 AM
“Free Acces-ories” Loona Brogan discussing censorship in libraries and banned books.
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/loona.brogan?fref=ts

Mon. 12:00 – 2:00
“Personal and Political” Stephanie Fraser

Tues. 9:00 – 10:30 AM
“Gathering Peace” Joseph Gainza I will have on my Ben Scotch, former ED of Vermont ACLU, Jules Rabin, anthropologist and peace activist, some interviews of people who were at the Trump gathering in Burlington, pro and con, and discussing whether Trump should be allowed to speak. I will have my recorded interview with Allen Gilbert, current ED of VT ACLU

The first is an article by Prof. Jeremy Waldron, one of the leading supporters of laws restricting hate speech. The link is at: http://www.law.nyu.edu/sites/default/files/ECM_PRO_063312.pdf

Nearly as good (and much shorter) is a review of Waldron’s thesis by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The link is at: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2012/06/07/should-hate-speech-be-outlawed/

A broader discussion of the subject is found in a New Yorker Magazine article. The link is at: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/08/10/the-hell-you-say

Wed. 9:00 – 10:30 AM
“Quilting Hour”

Wed. 7:00 – 9:00 PM
“They Only Come Out at Night” Dave Zendron

Thurs. 7:00 – 8:– AM
‘Bellyfeel Radio” David Parvey Debunking the Myths of Responsible Speech, Political Correctness and Dog Whistle Politics”.
More info at: https://www.facebook.com/bellyfeelradio/?fref=ts

Thurs. 9:00 – 10:30 AM
”Relocalizing Vermont” with Carl Etnier

Fr. 9:00PM – midnight
“Surface Planet Radio” Surface Planet Radio with Eriksson will be featuring audio from the film (From Freedom to Fascism by Aaron Ruso) on Friday night 1/22/16 from 9pm to midnight. Eriksson will be taking calls about how listeners have lost freedoms because of the war on terror and other ranting’s. Additional supporting material will be aired time permitting.


Fr. 9:00 – 10:30 AM
“The Magical Mystery Tour” Tonio and local pariah and provocateur David Parvey, who will be bound and gagged with a funnel down his throat taking all that our callers can dish out. On occasion he will be allowed to say something to his discredit to stimulate more caller abuse.
All that to prove that sticks and stones and words . . . well, we’ll find out. And just how far we can take free speech.

Fr. 7:00 – 9:00 PM
“Spaning the Chasm” with Peter Goreau

Sunday Jan.24th
To be announced. 

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About Speech Week at Goddard College Community Radio

WGDR/WGDH Goddard College Community Radio is devoting eight days and nights to discussions of free speech, hate speech, responsible speech, racist and phobic speech and related topics.

With political speech on the loose across this country and some candidates making extreme statements, the issue of the limits to free speech is looming. Goddard College Community Radio, WGDR/WGDH will be airing up to 20 hours of programs on the topic the from January 17th -24th  2016.

“This is a time of terrorist fear, racial injustice, police violence, government spying on citizens, and a lot of anger in our nation. How do we protect free speech in that context?” asks Joseph Gainza, one of the station programmers participating in the week.

From Jan.17 through Jan. 24 public affairs programmers will dedicate programs to speech, exploring it from different angles with different political perspectives. The week will be an exercise in free speech even as some may question whether there are legitimate limits to the First Amendment. Experts in several areas related to public and personal speech will join us to share their knowledge and opinions. Listeners will be encouraged to call-in with their thoughts and questions.

Questions will be explored, such as: “what is the role of news media generally and community radio specifically in protecting speech; are or should there be levels of protection; what is political correctness and how does it affect speech?” Listeners will be asked to send in their own questions.

“Each programmer is designing his or her own show. Formats and topics will vary widely”.  Jim Hogue, host of The House at Pooh Corner on Mondays at 9:00am provides a sample of the spectrum of programs which will discuss speech. He says: “To start a war you have to lie. To stop one you have to tell the truth. Are governments free to say what they want, even if what they say is a lie? Is it responsible journalism to report lies as truths?”

For information about what shows will be participating, what their topics will be, and when they will be aired and webcast, go to Home Grown Radio on Facebook.    https://www.facebook.com/homegrownradiowgdr/                   






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