Mississippi Public Radio Drops 'Fresh Air'
July 19, 2010 at 4:19 AM (PT)
MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC RADIO has pulled NPR's "FRESH AIR" from its schedule due to what the station called "gratuitous" sexual content.
The PEABODY AWARD-winning interview show, hosted by TERRY GROSS and produced by WHYY/PHILADELPHIA, last aired on MPR on JULY 7th, with an interview with comedian LOUIS C.K., and speculation that a segment in which C.K. discussed having sex with his shirt on was the trigger for MPB's action.
The station issued a statement from Exec. Dir. JUDITH LEWIS that said MPR "strives to deliver educational, informative and meaningful content to its listeners. After careful consideration and review, we have determined that FRESH AIR does not meet this goal over time. Too often FRESH AIR's interviews include gratuitous discussions on issues of an explicit sexual nature. We believe that most of these discussions do not contribute to or meaningfully enhance serious-minded public discourse on sexual issues. Our listeners who wish to hear FRESH AIR may find it online."