On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court and what it might mean for the First Amendment. We also review Anthony Kennedy’s legacy, the free speech cases from this past Supreme Court term, and Justice Elena Kagan’s contention that some of her colleagues are “weaponizing the First Amendment.”
The guests on today’s show are:
Paul Sherman: Senior attorney, Institute for Justice
Bob Corn-Revere: Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
Walter Olson: Senior fellow, Cato Institute
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On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we take a trip down memory lane. We are joined by FIRE’s Greg Lukianoff, Samantha Harris, and Will Creeley to discuss memorable cases from FIRE’s 19-year history.
You can watch a video of this conversation on FIRE’s YouTube channel:
The United States is unique in its protection of what some might label “hate speech.” Of course, certain expression is unprotected, like incitement to imminent lawless action and true threats. But expression that is deemed merely offensive or hateful is generally protected.
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we welcome back to the show former ACLU president and New York Law Professor Nadine Strossen. She is the author of “HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship.” In this new book, she argues that America’s broad protections for hateful speech are [...] » Read More
In February, Princeton University President Christopher Eisgruber announced that he will distribute copies of “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech” to all Princeton students and faculty as part of the university’s annual “Pre-read” program.
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, our guest is Princeton professor Keith Whittington, who is the author of “Speak Freely.” We discuss the latest campus free speech news at Princeton and across the county.
We are also joined by FIRE Vice President of Policy Research Samantha Harris, who is a Princeton alumna and professor Whittington’s former [...] » Read More
So to Speak podcast: Debating ‘Is there a campus free speech crisis?’ with Sullivan, Haidt, Nossel, Sachs, & Foster
Is there a campus free speech crisis?
In March, FIRE staff discussed the question. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we put the question to others and feature audio from a live debate that occurred on May 8 in New York City.» Read More
Anthony Comstock is a name that has become synonymous with censorship in America.
In 1873, he founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and his career led to the confiscation or incineration of more than 3 million pieces of allegedly “obscene, lewd, or lascivious” material.
On this episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with Fashion Institute of Technology Professor Amy Werbel about her new book, “Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock,” and the legacy of Comstock’s “Comstockery.”
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In January, President Donald Trump called America’s libel laws “a sham and a disgrace.” Are they?» Read More
Is there a campus free speech crisis? On this episode Nico is joined by FIRE’s Will Creeley and Samantha Harris to discuss this simmering question.» Read More
In 2012, a same-sex couple entered Masterpiece Cakeshop and asked its owner, Jack Phillips, to create a cake for their wedding reception in Denver, Colorado. Phillips declined the request, reportedly telling the couple, “Sorry guys, I don’t make cakes for same-sex weddings.”» Read More