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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


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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


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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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Episode 23 – Expert Opinion: Stephen Solomon part one - The First Amendment 

Apr 17, 2019

The First Amendment of the US Constitution was adopted as part of the Bill of Rights in 1791. This “Great bulwark of liberty” provides that  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free... Read more


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Episode 22 - Fighting Words - Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part II 

Mar 08, 2019

In the second half of the 18th Century American, Patriots showed that freedom of the press was a potent weapon against authority. Not even the world´s most formidable empire could stop them from speaking truth, lies and insults to power. In 1765 the... Read more


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Episode 21 - The Bulwark of Liberty - Free Speech in 18th Century America, Part I 

Feb 14, 2019

18th century America was impacted and influenced by the so-called Glorious Revolution in the Motherland. And no-one had a bigger impact on American attitudes towards freedom of speech than Cato’s Letters written by the Radical Whigs John Trenchard... Read more


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Episode 20 - The Seeds of Enlightenment 

Jan 25, 2019

1685 was a watershed year for events that would lead to what we call the Enlightenment. France´s Sun King Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes and initiated a policy of religious persecution of Protestants. In England, the Catholic James II assumed... Read more


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... Read more


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Episode 18 - Colonial Dissent: Blasphemy, Libel and Tolerance in 17th Century America 

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... Read more


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Episode 17 - Global Inquisition 

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... Read more

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