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Pornography and the First Amendment
Last Featured: 3/24/2008

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The U.S. Supreme Court has struggled over the years to define where the First Amendment ends and obscenity begins. The pressure to answer that question is intensifying as pornography moves onto the Internet and as public concerns increase about child pornography. Several moves to regulate porn are testing the limits of the First Amendment. But the porn industry has some civil rights groups in its corner, arguing that there is a real risk the government will go too far. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we examine pornography and the law.

Anti-Porn Activist Takes a Stand
Kristin Espeland reports on one man's anti-pornography effort in Kentucky.

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A Porn Star Speaks Out
Host Margot Adler speaks with performer and educator Nina Hartley, who defends the adult entertainment industry.

Nina Hartley has been an adult film actress for over 20 years. She is also a sex educator and a registered nurse.

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Does COPA Protect or Censor?
Host Margot Adler discusses the Child Online Protection Act with lawyers Jay Sekulow and Nadine Strossen.

Jay Sekulow is chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), a law firm and educational organization that specializes in constitutional law.

Nadine Strossen is the president of the American Civil Liberties Union and is the author of Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights.

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Fake Child Pornography, Real Jail Time?
Joan Biskupic talks to host Margot Adler about the U.S. v. Williams case before the Supreme Court this term.

Joan Biskupic is the Supreme Court reporter for USA Today. She is also the author of Sandra Day O'Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice and is currently working on a book about Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Just Another Small Business?
Reporter Keith Brand speaks with an adult video producer about the day-to-day challenges of running what he says is an honest business.

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The Threat of Over-Regulation
Host Margot Adler speaks with lobbyist Diane Duke about why new record-keeping regulations for porn producers may be unconstitutional.

Diane Duke is the executive director of the Free Speech Coalition. She previously worked for Planned Parenthood and the YMCA.

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Safeguarding Through Record-Keeping
Host Margot Adler speaks with lobbyist Robert Peters, who says strict regulation of porn producers is a necessity.

Robert Peters is president of Morality in Media, Inc. He has written and spoken extensively on obscenity and decency in the media.

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Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America
by Laura Kipnis
Child Pornography: An Internet Crime
by Ethel Quayle
Online Pornography (Opposing Viewpoints)
by Emma Bernay and Emma Carlson Berne
Prostitution and Pornography: Philosophical Debate About the Sex Industry
by Jessica Spector (editor)
The Invention of Pornography, 1500-1800: Obscenity and the Origins of Modernity
by Lynn Hunt (editor)
Regulation of the Entertainment Industry
The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
Pornography and the First Amendment