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Controversy Over A Film about Black Gay Men.

Film maker Marlon Riggs. His documentary about the lives of gay black men in America "Tongues Untied," airs next week on the public television series, "P.O.V." However, many PBS stations will not be showing the film, citing the films strong language and imagery. We'll also talk with three public broadcasting executives involved in the controversy:

Jennifer Lawson, the executive vice president for programming at PBS,
Jesse Bowers, VP for programming at the South Carolina Educational TV network, and
Bob Larson, the president and general manager of station WTVS in Detroit.

Both Bowers and Larson have chosen not to air the show.


Other segments from the episode on July 11, 1991

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, July 11, 1991: Interview with Marlon Riggs, Jennifer Lawson, Jesse Bowers, and Bob Larson; Interview with Richard Linklater; Review of the film "Who's That Knocking on My…


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