Should there be a reasonable expectation of privacy on public transportation? Should upskirting be protected under the Constitution?

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BPR: 'Upskirting,' The Year-Round Student, Black Panther Stokely Carmichael

March 6, 2014

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled Wednesday that "upskirting" is a constitutionally-protected act in the state. For those unfamiliar, upskirting is a sometimes surreptitious photo taken in a public place with a cellphone. The targets are most often women, and the photo is snapped underneath a dress or skirt.

Jim and Margery asked listeners how they felt about the SJC's ruling. Do you agree that photos taken in public places are necessarily permissible? Does this feel unnecessarily invasive? Does the SJC's ruling treat women unfairly? (Begins at 1:10)

Also on BPR:

  • Tufts professor Peniel Joseph joined Jim and Margery to talk about his new book about civil rights leader Stokely Carmichael. Carmichael began as an organizer of non-violent protests, but was also integral in the founding of the Black Panther party before leaving the U.S. entirely. (Begins at 28:48)
  • Bruce Marks is the executive director of the nonprofit Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. Marks talked to Jim and Margery about an unlikely alliance his organization has forged with Bank of America. (Begins at 55:30)
  • Should college-bound high school students spend their summers bolstering resumés instead of flipping burgers? Do trips abroad and service work reflect better on a student's long-term prospects than a regular job to make some summer cash? Jim and Margery asked listeners about the rise of the year-round student — those inveterate college applicants. (Begins at 1:19:37)
  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam talked about an astonishing case of self-censorship when publishers Springer and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers acknowledged they unwittingly published "computer-generated nonsense." What might this mean in other professions? (Begins at 1:36:53)

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