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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: “Why Rely on... 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


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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


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Words, Violence, and Censorship at Williams College 

May 30, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak, we are joined by Williams College Professor of Biology Luana Maroja. Professor Maroja’s experience growing up under a dictatorship in Brazil led her to become an outspoken advocate for free speech at Williams... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Wen Fa of the Pacific Legal Foundation 

May 16, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Wen Fa, an attorney with the Pacific Legal Foundation who regularly litigates free speech cases. One of his most high-profile cases was the 2018 Supreme Court case... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
The fight to publish Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’ 

May 02, 2019

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness.” So begins Allen Ginsberg’s famous poem “Howl.” You might be familiar with Allen Ginsberg. You might be familiar with the poem. But chances are you don’t know about the efforts... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Mustafa Akyol on jailing journalists in Turkey, ‘re-educating’ Uyghurs in China, and cultural conformity in America 

Apr 18, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak, we sit down with Cato Institute Senior Fellow Mustafa Akyol to discuss threats to freedom of thought and expression around the world, with a particular focus on situations in Turkey and China. Akyol has been... Read more

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