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Elon Musk, free speech, democracy, and the power of social media. Plus, another new season announcement on the Houston performing arts scene!

Experts discuss what will happen when Elon Musk takes over Twitter, the changes coming to the platform, and what will be the impact on free speech. And, we get a preview of Main Theater’s 47th season, including productions for children and families through their Theater for Youth series.

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Elon Musk's recent purchase of Twitter has made headlines this week, with many speculating on what changes might be coming and their impact on social media and free speech.

Concerns that come to the forefront center around what happens when the ability of a single individual influences public discourse and how tech companies negotiate monitoring speech vs. free speech. Some even wonder if this means Donald Trump will be allowed back on Twitter.

We hear from experts who talks about the power and influence of social media, which one cybersecurity expert who says freedom of speech is important, but so is telling the truth.

Also, the cornerstone of Houston's theater scene, Main Street Theater, just announced its 47th season! They share what’s in store for the holidays, which shows will spark conversation, and talk about one show that’s very different from anything they’ve ever done before.

Guests:

Rebecca Greene Udden

  • Main Street Theater's Founding (and current) Artistic Director

Dr. Chris Bronk

  • Cybersecurity expert and Associate Professor, University of Houston

Chris Labash

  • Associate Professor of Communication and Innovation at Carnegie Mellon University

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