Free Speech History Podcast


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Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 28 - Writing on Human Skin - Enlightened Despotism, part I, Russia 

Jul 12, 2019

The Enlightenment´s emphasis on science, progress, tolerance and rationality not only attracted philosophers. Even absolute monarchs dreamt of “Enlightenment Now.” But how do you combine enlightenment without undermining the traditions and ideas... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 27 - How Enlightening 

Jun 21, 2019

data-contrast="auto">After a brief detour into the present, we return to Ground Zero of the Enlightenment in 18th century Europe, with this recap of past episodes and a brief overview of the themes and countries to be explored in the upcoming... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 26 – Oslo Freedom Forum Special with Megha Rajagopalan and Yuan Yang 

Jun 04, 2019

June 4th, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the bloody culmination of the Chinese government´s Tiananmen Massacre of pro-democracy students and activists. But all public discussion and memories of the massacre have been erased within China itself.... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 25 – Oslo Freedom Forum Special with Larry Diamond 

May 28, 2019

Today´s episode is going to be a radical departure from the chronological timeline of the general podcast so far. I´m currently in Oslo for the annual Oslo Freedom Forum, organized by the Human Rights Foundation. The Oslo Freedom Forum is a unique... Read more


Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 24 – Expert Opinion: Stephen Solomon part two - The Sedition Act 

May 10, 2019

In 1787, the newly authored U.S. Constitution was sent out to the states for ratification. Despite fierce objections from Anti-Federalists, the Constitution did not include a bill of rights protecting freedom of speech and the press. The... Read more

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