The birth of modern American censorship

Fantastic take on the First Amendment and the evolution of censorship.

Because of the ironclad protection of the First Amendment, it has proved very difficult for government to control what we can read, listen to or see. A few curbs have been put up, though, notably by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the regulations of which largely determine what kind of material is bleeped out of radio and television broadcasts.

There’s discussion of the 1873 Comstock Laws, the first radio censorship, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin (and his 7 words), Madonna on Letterman, Arrested Development, and much more. Brilliant.