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Ira Glasser on Free Speech

Today, we’re talking about free speech with former longtime executive director of the ACLU, Ira Glasser.

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Freedom of speech is not always pretty, and it is rarely the speech that you agree with that needs protecting.

Today, we explore the issues facing free speech – especially in our politically divided world – and what we can learn from the past.

We spend the hour with Ira Glasser, one of the country's longtime champions of civil rights and liberties.

He served as executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union from 1978 – 2001.

He’s been at the forefront of defending the rights of all Americans, from civil rights leaders to neo-Nazis.

His life was the subject of the 2020 documentary Mighty Ira.

Ira Glasser also fields listener calls about free speech and discusses everything from the First Amendment to our fear of hate speech.

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, questions@townsquaretalk.org or @townsquaretalk.

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