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We start with a look at the legal case of a Pennsylvania man who spent three years in prison for posting violent messages about his wife on Facebook. It goes before the U.S. Supreme Court today: what’s at stake? Then, we catch up on the controversy over the so-called HIV “miracle drug” Truvada. In our weekly TV roundup, we look at what’s coming to the small screen this holiday season, including NBC’s live action Peter Pan special. Next, independent producer Lu Olkowski gives Madeleine a preview of her original series Cargoland, airing on KCRW this week. And finally, Cyber Monday: Is it a day of great online bargains, or manufactured nonsense?

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Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

U.S. Supreme Court and the Limits of Free Speech on Social Media 9 MIN, 39 SEC

The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments today in the case of a Pennsylvania man, Anthony Elonis, who spent more than three years in prison for violent Facebook posts about his wife. Elonis argues that he was simply exercising his First Amendment rights. His wife, and a lower court, interpreted the posts as real threats. This is the first time the Supreme Court has considered the limits of free speech on social media. What’s at stake?

Guests:
Emily Bazelon, New York Times magazine (@EmilyBazelon)

More:
Do Online Death Threats Count as Free Speech?

Controversy Over an HIV/AIDS “Miracle” Drug 7 MIN

Today is World AIDS Day. The disease has killed almost 40 million people worldwide in the past 30 years. While the rate of new HIV infections is on the decline, young adults are still contracting the virus at alarming rates. A new drug called Truvada has proven effective in preventing HIV infections, but there’s controversy in the gay community about its use. We catch up on the conversation.

Guests:
Michelle Garcia, Columbia Journalism Review (@pistoleraprod)

“Peter Pan” and Other Holiday TV Highlights 10 MIN, 39 SEC

The Thanksgiving Day Parade floats have been put back into storage for another year, the N.F.L’.s holiday games are behind us, and Grumpy Cat has gone back to wherever grumpy cats go when they aren’t making Lifetime movies. But still, the holiday TV season is just getting started. We take stock of what’s coming to the small screen before the end of the year.

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Eric Deggans, NPR (@Deggans)

“Cargoland” Preview 12 MIN, 19 SEC

The twin Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach make up the biggest port complex in the country. If it’s in your house -- furniture, clothes, food, the car in your garage -- chances are it came through the ports. But getting all that stuff from the ships to the shelves to your hands relies on many, many people. All week, we’ll be hearing the stories of those people on Which Way, L.A?, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and UnFictional, in an original series called Cargoland. Madeleine gets a preview from producer Lu Olkowski.

Guests:
Lu Olkowski, Independent Producer (@luolkowski)

More:
CARGOLAND Behind the gates of America's busiest waterfront

Cyber Silliness 6 MIN, 38 SEC

It’s Cyber Monday, the day that online retailers offer deals hoping to lure consumers into spending a lot of time and money shopping on the Internet. Is it a day of great bargains, or a bunch of manufactured hype? Slate’s Will Oremus is firmly in the second camp. Two years ago he wrote a piece titled “The Unmitigated Inanity of Cyber Monday: The Dumbest Fake Holiday of the Year,” and today he explains why he stands by it.

Guests:
Will Oremus, Slate.com (@WillOremus)

More:
The Unmitigated Inanity of Cyber Monday

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