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Rap on Trial: How An Aspiring Musician's Words Led To Prison Time

Olutosin Oduwole was a college student and aspiring rap star when he was charged with "attempting to make a terrorist threat." Did public perceptions of rap music play a role?
Olutosin Oduwole at his home in New Jersey in 2016. Source: Shankar Vedantam

Olutosin Oduwole was in his dorm room at Southern Illinois University when police knocked on his door one day in 2007. They were there to arrest him.

"In my mind I'm

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