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Citizens Band Radio: Michael Schudson

March 1, 2016

Best-selling author, sociologist and historian Michael Schudson joins host Coy Barefoot on Citizens Band Radio to discuss his book, The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency 1945-1975. This conversation was originally recorded in the fall of 2015.

“The American founders did not endorse a citizen’s right to know. More openness in government, more frankness in a doctor’s communication with patients, more disclosure in a food manufacturer’s package labeling, and more public notice of actions that might damage the environment emerged in our own time. As Michael Schudson shows in The Rise of the Right to Know, modern transparency dates to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s—well before the Internet—as reform-oriented politicians, journalists, watchdog groups, and social movements won new leverage. At the same time, the rapid growth of higher education after 1945, together with its expansive ethos of inquiry and criticism, fostered both insight and oversight as public values.”