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When Tip­per Gore and the PMRC called rock and rap stars to tes­ti­fy in front of Con­gress about explic­it lyrics, did this affect col­lege radio? How could it not? Prof. Kate Jew­ell is exam­in­ing the rela­tion­ship between col­lege sta­tions and the cul­ture wars as part of a new book project.

Jew­ell is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at Fitch­burg State Uni­ver­si­ty and a Fel­low at the Uni­ver­si­ty Con­necti­cut Human­i­ties Insti­tute. She joins the show to talk about how col­lege broad­casts trig­gered con­ser­v­a­tive com­mu­ni­ty reac­tion and out­rage, and how sta­tions inter­nal­ized the cul­tur­al con­tro­ver­sies that dom­i­nat­ed the zeit­geist from the 1960s through the turn of the century.