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Ep. 102 Cultural sites, slurs, antisemitism, and Title IX 

Jan 22, 2020

On today’s episode of , host Nico Perrino is joined by his FIRE colleagues Robert Shibley, Samantha Harris, and Will Creeley to discuss: of a faculty member at Babson College for a satirical Facebook post; of two students at the University of...

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino is joined by his FIRE colleagues Robert Shibley, Samantha Harris, and Will Creeley to discuss:

Recorded on Jan. 15.

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Ep. 101 McCarthyism and The Red Scare 

Jan 02, 2020

“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”On today’s episode of , we explore how America’s fear of communism in the early- to mid-20th century led to firings and blacklists in Hollywood, government, and higher...

“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore how America’s fear of communism in the early- to mid-20th century led to firings and blacklists in Hollywood, government, and higher education — and how these actions compromised America’s treasured principles of free speech, free conscience, free association, and due process of law.

We are joined by Ellen Schrecker, a former professor at Yeshiva University and the author of Many Are the Crimes: McCarthyism in America and No Ivory Tower: McCarthyism and the Universities.

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The 100th episode: The state of free speech in America 

Dec 12, 2019

On today’s edition of , we celebrate 100 episodes by bringing back on the show popular past guests for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of free speech in America. Joining us are: Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow, Brookings Institution Nadine...

On today’s edition of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we celebrate 100 episodes by bringing back on the show popular past guests for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of free speech in America.

Joining us are:

  • Jonathan Rauch, senior fellow, Brookings Institution
  • Nadine Strossen, professor, New York Law School, past president of the ACLU (1991-2008)
  • Bob Corn-Revere, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Greg Lukianoff, president & CEO, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Ep. 99 John Stuart Mill’s ‘On Liberty’ 

Nov 26, 2019

On today’s episode of , we are joined by professor to discuss the life and philosophy of the English philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose 1859 essay “On Liberty” is a classic text — maybe the classic text — defending the principles of free...

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by professor Dale E. Miller to discuss the life and philosophy of the English philosopher John Stuart Mill, whose 1859 essay “On Liberty” is a classic text — maybe the classic text — defending the principles of free expression.

Miller is a professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies at Old Dominion University. He is the author of J.S. Mill: Moral, Social, and Political Thought.

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Ep. 98 ‘The First Amendment in the Trump Era’ w/ Professor Timothy Zick 

Nov 14, 2019

On today’s episode of , we are joined by William & Mary Law School Professor to discuss his new book, “.” Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Email us:

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by William & Mary Law School Professor Timothy Zick to discuss his new book, “The First Amendment in the Trump Era.”

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Ep. 97 There’s no such thing as free speech, argues Stanley Fish 

Oct 31, 2019

Does free speech exist?  According to Cardozo Law Professor Stanley Fish, it does not. On today’s episode of , we dig into what the colorful professor means by this assertion and discuss his forthcoming book, “.” Show notes: by...

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Ep. 96 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...

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 responsible for much of the First Amendment doctrine we take for granted today. Who was this man — and why have most free speech scholars and activists never heard of him?

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss the life and legacy of Hayden C. Covington, who for many years was legal counsel for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We are joined by distinguished First Amendment scholar and recurring So to Speak guest Ronald K.L. Collins. Collins is the author of the Florida International University Law Review article “Thoughts on Hayden C. Covington and the Paucity of Litigation Scholarship.” 

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Ep. 95 Twenty years of FIRE with co-founder Harvey Silverglate 

Oct 03, 2019

In 1999, criminal defense attorney joined with University of Pennsylvania Professor Alan Charles Kors to found the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. On today’s episode of , we connect with Silverglate at his office in Cambridge, Mass....

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 connect with Silverglate at his office in Cambridge, Mass. to discuss FIRE’s founding, the origins of his interest in campus civil liberties, and what he sees for his creation’s future.

Join FIRE in celebrating our 20th anniversary in New York City on Oct. 24. The event will feature a keynote address from author Salman Rushdie. Tickets and sponsorships are available at thefire.org/anniversary.

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Ep. 94 Kevin Williamson’s ‘The Smallest Minority’ 

Sep 16, 2019

On today’s episode of , journalist joins us to discuss his new book, “.” Williamson is the roving correspondent for National Review and co-host of the podcast . Show notes: “” by Kevin Williamson Follow us on Twitter: Like us on...

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 National Review and co-host of the podcast Mad Dogs & Englishmen.

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Ep. 93 ‘Coddling’ one year later 

Sep 05, 2019

One year ago this week, was published. On today’s episode of , we sit down with FIRE President & CEO Greg Lukianoff, who co-authored the book with Jonathan Haidt, to reflect on what’s changed — or hasn’t changed — in the intervening...

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 & CEO Greg Lukianoff, who co-authored the book with Jonathan Haidt, to reflect on what’s changed — or hasn’t changed — in the intervening year.

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