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How Well Do You Understand Your First Amendment Rights?

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The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects the freedom of speech, the press and religion. It also protects the right to peaceful protest and to petition the government. 

The meaning of the First Amendment has been the subject of continuing interpretation and dispute over the years. How do these freedoms work and how are they protected?

What can we learn from major rulings on contemporary First Amendment issues? Are Americans’ attitudes toward these core freedoms changing?


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This interview aired on Thursday, December 20, 2018.

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Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.