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Fifty years ago this month, a San Francisco municipal court judge ruled that Allen Ginsberg's poem "HOWL" was not obscene.

Last week a public radio station chose not to broadcast a 1959 reading of the poem due to fear of an FCC fine.

You can listen to an online broadcast of the poem at HOWL Against Censorship.

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king_chiron
Oct. 7th, 2007 11:25 pm (UTC)
Lame on the part of the radio station, they should have just read it and then challenged the issue in court, they'd have an army of civil liberties lawyers standing behind them for free.
clearmind
Oct. 7th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
I figure they're making sure and identifying and signing on each of these lawyers first by saying they won't broadcast. Once they have a commitment of enough resources to go up for the FCC, then they may make the broadcast.

Challenges like this are best when you have all your ducks in a row first.
king_chiron
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:09 am (UTC)
Right, like they'd have trouble find lawyers to take the case?! The ACLU would obviously throw everything they have behind the case, I think the station is just being cowardly.
clearmind
Oct. 8th, 2007 12:14 am (UTC)
Better to know than to assume.
oddharmonic
Oct. 9th, 2007 03:47 am (UTC)
I'm glad it was available online since my local NPR affiliate takes the safe middle path.

Would have loved to hear it aired on the radio somewhere. Vogon's taken up listening to talk radio and arguing with the radio. I feel very mommy-voiced when I tell him the same thing I tell Laurel when she yells at a movie or TV show -- it's a one-way medium, they can't hear you.

Someday when I am a benevolent tyrant, public radio will air readings of "HOWL", "America" and my favorite Ginsberg poem, "A Supermarket in California".
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