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Ep. 107.1 "Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’" 

Mar 20, 2020

"Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’" by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President & CEO Greg Lukianoff, as read by Susan Kruth. Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Email us:  

"Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’"
by Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President & CEO Greg Lukianoff, as read by Susan Kruth.

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Ep. 107 FIRE, the coronavirus, and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’ 

Mar 20, 2020

On today’s episode of , host Nico Perrino sits down with FIRE President & CEO Greg Lukianoff to discuss how FIRE is adapting to the coronavirus outbreak. We also explore the ideas behind Greg’s new, widely discussed article, “.” Show...

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino sits down with FIRE President & CEO Greg Lukianoff to discuss how FIRE is adapting to the coronavirus outbreak. We also explore the ideas behind Greg’s new, widely discussed article, “Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’.”

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Ep. 106 ‘Free speech and justified true belief’ w/ prof. Joseph Blocher 

Mar 19, 2020

Why is it important that we protect freedom of speech? On today’s episode of , host Nico Perrino speaks with Duke University School of Law professor , who argues that one of the most common justifications for free speech — creating a...

Why is it important that we protect freedom of speech?

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino speaks with Duke University School of Law professor Joseph Blocher, who argues that one of the most common justifications for free speech — creating a “marketplace of ideas” in our search for truth — rests on unstable ground in our “post-truth” era. In his article, “Free Speech and Justified True Belief,” Blocher argues for a reframing of this epistemic theory of free speech around knowledge, rather than truth.

Nico and Blocher are joined in their discussion by frequent guest and First Amendment News Editor Ronald K.L. Collins.

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“Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’” by Greg Lukianoff

“Bans” by Joseph Blocher

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Bacerra (2018)

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Ep. 105 ‘Rap on Trial’ 

Mar 05, 2020

At a time when artistic expression has never enjoyed greater First Amendment protection, rap music has seemingly been left behind. Rap lyrics are routinely used as evidence by police and prosecutors to justify arresting and charging suspects for all...

At a time when artistic expression has never enjoyed greater First Amendment protection, rap music has seemingly been left behind. Rap lyrics are routinely used as evidence by police and prosecutors to justify arresting and charging suspects for all manner of alleged crimes.

In their new book, “Rap on Trial: Race, Lyrics, and Guilt in America,” authors Erik Nielson and Andrea L. Dennis identify approximately 500 cases where the violent and aggressive themes within rap lyrics were used against defendants in court.

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino speaks with Nielson and Dennis about their book, in which they argue that no other form of creative expression — or genre of music — is treated the same way as rap by the law. “That’s why we call this book ‘Rap on Trial.’ It’s not art on trial. It’s not music on trial. It’s rap on trial.”

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Ep. 104 Violent video games with Villanova Professor Patrick M. Markey 

Feb 20, 2020

Do violent video games make people more violent? Amid to censor or restrict access to violent video games because of their perceived contributions to violent events (such as school shootings), the question is as important as ever. On today’s...

Do violent video games make people more violent?

Amid calls to censor or restrict access to violent video games because of their perceived contributions to violent events (such as school shootings), the question is as important as ever.

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino explores this question. He is joined by FIRE’s resident video game expert (and FIRE staffer) Ryne Weiss and Villanova University professor Patrick M. Markey. Markey is the co-author with Christopher J. Ferguson of Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong.

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Ep. 103 Guns, addiction, and the press 

Feb 06, 2020

Is carrying a weapon during a political demonstration protected by the First Amendment? What about intentionally creating an addictive video game?  Does the First Amendment’s press clause require the existence of news outlets? On today’s...

Is carrying a weapon during a political demonstration protected by the First Amendment?

What about intentionally creating an addictive video game? 

Does the First Amendment’s press clause require the existence of news outlets?

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore these three topics and more with First Amendment scholar Luke Morgan, who has written three fascinating articles that examine the scope of the First Amendment’s protections:

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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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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
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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