The Briefing

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17 August 2015

Episode 983

30 minutes

As the Egyptian president says a series of new laws are aimed at countering the rising threat of terrorism, we ask whether they could also be used to silence those critical of the official regime. We also discuss Iowa’s State Fair, an irresistible honey pot for political preaching from just about any presidential hopeful. Plus: with on-demand options continuing to alter TV viewing habits, US networks are betting big on an inflating schedule of live programmes. Could it work?

17 August 2015

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