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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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O'Hare Truck Service, Inc. v. City of Northlake, 518 U.S. 712 (1996) 

May 10, 2022

O'Hare Truck Service, Inc. v. City of Northlake is read by Casey Mattox, the vice president for legal and judicial strategy at Americans for Prosperity.

O'Hare Truck Service, Inc. v. City of Northlake is read by Casey Mattox, the vice president for legal and judicial strategy at Americans for Prosperity.

Legal Question: Whether government retaliation against a contractor or regular provider of services for the exercise of rights of political association or allegiance violates the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee.

Action: The Court found that the independent contractor relationship between O'Hare and the City was sufficiently close to an employer-employee relationship to justify the recognition of a First Amendment right. 

Mr. Justice Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, at 00:35

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

For more on O’Hare, visit FIRE’s First Amendment Library.

For more episodes, visit thefire.org/outloud.

Free Speech Out Loud is a project of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

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Speech: “Spirit of Liberty” by Judge Learned Hand, 1944 

Mar 30, 2022

This speech titled “Spirit of Liberty” was originally given by Judge Learned Hand in 1944 in celebration of I Am an American Day.

This speech titled “Spirit of Liberty” was originally given by Judge Learned Hand in 1944 in celebration of I Am an American Day.

For this recording the speech is read by Don Murphy. 

For the text of the “Spirit of Liberty” speech visit FIRE’s First Amendment Library.

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Keyishian v. Board of Regents, 385 U.S. 589 (1967) 

Feb 15, 2022

Legal Question: Whether provisions of the Education Law and Civil Service Law requiring public servants to renounce Communism were overly broad and vague. 

Keyishian v. Board of Regents is read by Don Murphy. 

Legal Question: Whether provisions of the Education Law and Civil Service Law requiring public servants to renounce Communism were overly broad and vague. 

Action: The Court ruled in favor of the employees and held that the provisions at issue were unconstitutional as applied.

Mr. Justice Brennan delivered the opinion of the Court, at 00:58

Mr. Justice Clark, with whom Mr. Justice Harlan, Mr. Justice Stewart and Mr. Justice White join, dissenting, at 49:36

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

For more on Keyishian, visit FIRE’s First Amendment Library.

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FIRE Article: “QUIET CAMPUSES: America’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” (Feb. 2, 2022) 

Feb 04, 2022

This article titled “QUIET CAMPUSES: America’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” was published on FIRE’s Newsdesk on February 2, 2022.

This article titled “QUIET CAMPUSES: America’s 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech” was published on FIRE’s Newsdesk on February 2, 2022.

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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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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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Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969) 

Sep 01, 2021

Tinker v. Des Moines’ majority is read by Mary Beth Tinker, one of the students at the center of this case. The concurrences and dissents are read by Emma Camp, a rising senior at the University of Virginia.

Tinker v. Des Moines’ majority is read by Mary Beth Tinker, one of the students at the center of this case. The concurrences and dissents are read by Emma Camp, a rising senior at the University of Virginia.

Legal Question: Whether the wearing of armbands by public school students as a form of symbolic speech is protected by the First Amendment.

Action: The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the students’ right to wear the armbands, overruling the Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Justice Fortas delivered the opinion of the Court, at 00:58

Mr. Justice Stewart, concurring, at 26:49

Mr. Justice White, concurring, at 27:38

Mr. Justice Black, dissenting, at 28:10

Mr. Justice Harlan, dissenting, at 47:42

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

For more on Tinker, visit FIRE’s First Amendment Library.

For more episodes, visit thefire.org/outloud.

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