Last week David Schultz, a reporter for Washington DC public radio station WAMU, had his audio recorder seized by Veterans Affairs officials while recording an interview with an audience member in a hallway outside a public forum.

Under outcry, the VA backed down and agreed to return Shultz’s audio, and today WAMU aired a story including the tense audio leading up to the confiscation. You can listen to the report at WAMU’s site, or at Think Progress, which also has a helpful transcript.

Clint Hendler is the managing editor of Mother Jones, and a former deputy editor of CJR.