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Free Speech History Podcast
Episode 30 - Northern Lights, The Scandinavian Press Freedom Breakthrough 

Aug 23, 2019

In the 1760s and 1770s, Sweden and Denmark-Norway shortly became the epicenter of press freedom protections in Enlightenment Europe.  In 1766, the Swedish Diet passed the Press Freedom Act, making Sweden the first country in the world to provide... Read more


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Episode 29 - The Philosopher King - Enlightened Despotism, part 2, Prussia 

Aug 02, 2019

In his famous essay “What is Enlightenment?” the Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant declared: “[E]nlightenment requires nothing but freedom … to make public use of one’s reason in all matters. Now I hear the cry from all sides: ‘Do not... Read more


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


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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


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


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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


Free Speech History Podcast
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


Free Speech History Podcast
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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