Graduation Date

Fall 12-13-2020

Grading Professor

Peter Beinart

Subject Concentration

Arts & Culture

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


In January 2020, congress passed the PIRATE Act into law, expanding the legal consequences for operating pirate radio tenfold. Although the FCC claims that the reason they are cracking down on pirate stations — that is, stations broadcasting on regulated airwaves without an FCC license — is that they could interfere with emergency messaging, the pandemic has proven otherwise; there is no evidence of pirates interfering with official safety warnings. In fact, most pirate stations are run by immigrants speaking in their native tongue and they have been able to provide vulnerable and underserved communities with the information they need to stay safe and healthy during this crisis.



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