It’s been 50 years since the federal Freedom of Information Act was signed into law. A lot’s happened since then – not all of it good for the press. We’re calling this bonus episode “The State of the FOIA” because, over the next 30 minutes, we’ll be talking to three experts to figure out what our open records law looks like today and where we go from here. Media law scholar Jonathan Peters will provide some context on changes to the law, and reporters Philip Eil and Jason Leopold will help prepare us for our next FOIA battle by sharing stories of their hard-fought cases.

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EPISODE NOTES

Looking for links to the stories and resources we discussed on this week’s podcast? We’ve collected them for you.

 

CREDITS

Riley Beggin reported this story. Blake Nelson illustrates our episode artwork. Daniela Vidal is our host. IRE Web Editor Sarah Hutchins edits the podcast. We are recorded in the studios of KBIA at the University of Missouri.

 

MUSIC

Day Bird (Broke for Free) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Almost Alright (Noveller) / CC BY-NC 4.0

Enthusiast (Tours) / CC BY-NC 4.0