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Free Speech Recordings

Free Speech Out Loud

Free Speech Out Loud is a podcast releasing recordings of free speech-related Supreme Court opinions, often read by famous First Amendment lawyers and scholars.

This reading series from FIRE is dedicated to increasing accessibility to the First Amendment jurisprudence that serves as the backbone of the free speech rights we enjoy today. We hope that these recordings will be useful for lawyers looking to refresh their knowledge, law students on the go, and other individuals looking to educate themselves using an audio medium.

Due to changes in citation styles over the years and for ease of listening, we have abridged some citations and removed string citations. For more information, visit our explanation.

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Recent Podcasts

Jan 14, 2022

This article titled “From protests to the Supreme Court: How the Civil Rights Movement advanced First Amendment legal protections” by Jordan Howell was published on FIRE’s Newsdesk on January, 14 2022. 

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Reason Magazine Article: “The Second Great Age of Political Correctness” by Greg Lukianoff (January 2022) 

Dec 21, 2021

This article, titled “The Second Great Age of Political Correctness” by Greg Lukianoff was published in the January 2022 issue of Reason Magazine. 

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Dec 21, 2021

This article titled “Yale’s treatment of psych lecturer another step in continuing retreat from academic freedom” by Adam Goldstein and Peter Bonilla was published as part of FIRE’s Eternally Radical Idea column on December 6, 2021.

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FIRE Article: “What does MIT stand for? Faculty, alumni want answers.” by Komi German (Dec. 1, 2021) 

Dec 10, 2021

This article titled “What does MIT stand for? Faculty, alumni want answers.” by Komi German was published to FIRE’s Newsdesk on December 1, 2021. 

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Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60 (1960) 

Oct 01, 2021

Talley v. California is read by David Keating, President of the Institute for Free Speech.

Legal Question: Whether a Los Angeles city ordinance forbidding distribution of anonymous handbills violated the First Amendment.

Action: The ordinance was ruled void on its face and overbroad.

Mr. Justice Black delivered the opinion of the Court, at 01:32

Mr. Justice Harlan, concurring, at 14:26

Mr. Justice Clark, whom Mr. Justice Frankfurter and Mr. Justice Whittaker join, dissenting, at 17:55

This opinion’s citations have been edited down for ease of listening. For more information, visit our explanation.

For more on Talley v. California, visit FIRE’s First Amendment Library.

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