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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Who was Hayden C. Covington? 

Oct 17, 2019

He brought 45 First Amendment cases to the United States Supreme Court between 1939 and 1955. His success rate before the court was second only to future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He handled as many as 50 major cases a year and is... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
20 years of FIRE with co-founder Harvey Silverglate 

Oct 03, 2019

In 1999, criminal defense attorney Harvey Silverglate joined with University of Pennsylvania Professor Alan Charles Kors to found the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Kevin Williamson’s ‘The Smallest Minority’ 

Sep 16, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, journalist Kevin Williamson joins us to discuss his new book, “The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of Mob Politics.” Williamson is the roving correspondent for... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
‘Coddling’ one year later 

Sep 05, 2019

One year ago this week, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure” was published. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we sit down with FIRE President... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Free speech, privacy, and President Trump’s Twitter account w/ Alex Abdo 

Aug 22, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Knight First Amendment Institute Litigation Director Alex Abdo to discuss free speech, privacy, and President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Show notes: Podcast... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
‘The Grievance Studies Affair’ 

Aug 08, 2019

Last fall, three writers and scholars announced they had submitted 20 fake papers to academic journals to test whether  — as they suspected — certain fields of study lacked scientific and academic rigor. Of the 20 papers they submitted before... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
‘David French-ism’ 

Jul 24, 2019

National Review senior writer and former FIRE President David French has become an “-ism.”  On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, French joins us to discuss “David French-ism” and “the battle dividing... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Prof. Samuel Abrams wrote an op-ed encouraging viewpoint diversity. Then came the fallout. 

Jul 11, 2019

His office door was vandalized. He was accused of causing “harm” to his “college community.” There was even a demand — supported by dozens of his faculty peers — to review his tenure.Why? Because he wrote an op-ed in The New York Times... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Defending libraries with James LaRue 

Jun 27, 2019

Community libraries have always been a target for would-be censors — and the past few months are no exception. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore past and present challenges to library content, and the unique... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Intellectual property 101 

Jun 13, 2019

The Constitution grants Congress the power “[t]o promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” However, figuring out how... Read more

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