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Eric plays lots of cool twin fiddle music!

Near v Minnesota: How a local rag ignited a First Amendment firestorm

When Minneapolis politicians censored small time scandal sheet publisher, Jay Near, it sparked the country’s first debate on whether the government can control people’s speech and punish them for publishing unpopular ideas. Called the first great press case, the surprising 1931 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Near vs. Minnesota is a landmark of First Amendment law, and continues to guide our democracy today. KFAI producer Susan Gray talks to media and legal experts, who describe the characters that played a role in creating this important jurisprudence.

Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock stopped by the show today along with Sweet Mama J.  They're appearing tonight at the Cedar Cultural Center as The Flatlanders.  What an honor to have these legends across the board from me.  We chatted, played a couple tracks from an advance CD they brought in and had a good time with these great guys from Texas.  Okay, let's be honest.  They're Texas royalty.  

Latin beginnings with highlight of upcoming show Fri. 6/15 at the Dakota with Ceu’ & Curumin. Another feature of Fela in the second hour – in celebration of the Broadway visit of “FELA !” at the Ordway this week !

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