So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 19 – Expert Opinion: Steven Nadler on Spinoza’s ‘book forged in hell” and the right to “think what you like and say what you think”

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Jan 03, 2019

Baruch Spinoza (also known as Benedict de Spinoza) was born in Amsterdam in 1632. While his given name means “blessing” in both Hebrew and Latin, Spinoza’s “Theological-political treatise” from 1670 was condemned as “a book forged in...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 18 - Colonial Dissent: Blasphemy, Libel and Tolerance in 17th Century America

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Dec 14, 2018

Americans are more supportive of free speech than any other people. 95 % of Americans think it’s “very important” to be able to criticize the government without censorship and 77% support the right to offend religious feelings. But in 17th...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 17 - Global Inquisition

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Nov 17, 2018

In the 16th Century Spain and Portugal globalized the inquisition by spreading the fight for religious orthodoxy and against heresy, blasphemy and apostasy to the Americas, Africa and Asia allowing inquisitors to pry into the souls of men on five...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 16: Expert Opinion - Michael Shermer

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Nov 02, 2018

In this episode, we join up with historian of science Dr. Michael Shermer to investigate the cross-fertilization between science and free speech. Michael Shermer is a prolific writer on science, philosophy and morality and has appeared in numerous...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 15 - Paper-bullets and the forgotten martyrs of radical free speech

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Oct 11, 2018

Episode 15 returns to Europe and formative events in 17th Century England, where a mostly forgotten group of radicals demanded a written constitution guaranteeing free speech, liberty of conscience, and democracy. But who were the Levellers? What was...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 14 - ‘Universal Peace’: Religious tolerance in the Mughal empire

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Sep 20, 2018

Episode 14 leaves the West and heads to 16th and 17th Century India and the Mughal empire. In particular, the rule of Akbar the Great. A century before John Locke’s “A Letter Concerning Toleration,” Akbar developed a policy of “Universal...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 13: Expert Opinion - Jonathan Haidt

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Sep 06, 2018

In this episode, we do a bit of time travel and leave the 17th century for a discussion of free speech on American college and university campuses today. Our guest is New York University professor Jonathan Haidt, who is a co-author with FIRE’s Greg...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 12: Expert Opinion - Teresa Bejan

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Aug 23, 2018

We enter the early modern age with an expert opinion featuring Teresa Bejan, associate professor at Oriel College, Oxford University and author of “Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration.” In this episode, Jacob and Teresa will...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 11: The great disruption - Part II

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Aug 09, 2018

In episode 11 we continue to survey the wreckage after hurricane Luther was unleashed on Europe with the Reformation. When the Reformation mutated and spread across the continent a burning question arose: Can people of different faiths live together...

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Episode 10: The great disruption - Part I, the printing press and the viral Reformation

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Jun 14, 2018

The disruptive effects of the internet and social media on the spread of information are unprecedented. Or are they?   In episode 10 of Clear and Present Danger, we cover the invention, spread, and effects of the Gutenberg printing press: ...

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