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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


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‘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


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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


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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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‘Can free speech be progressive?’ 

Apr 04, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak, we ask the question, “can free speech be progressive?” Our guest is Louis Michael Seidman. He is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law at Georgetown Law and the author of the much-discussed... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Techdirt’s Mike Masnick 

Mar 21, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with Techdirt.com founder and editor Mike Masnick. Since founding Techdirt in 1997, Masnick has written nearly 50,000 blog posts for the publication and covered many of tech’s... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech: 2019 

Mar 07, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, FIRE staffers discuss our 2019 list of the 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech. Participants in this show are: Nico Perrino, host of So to Speak, director of communications Will Creeley,... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
Former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith 

Feb 21, 2019

Former Federal Election Commission Chairman Bradley A. Smith is perhaps best known for opposing many campaign finance regulations on First Amendment grounds. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we talk with the former... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
LGBT equality and the First Amendment 

Feb 07, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with Rutgers Law School Professor Carlos Ball about his book, “The First Amendment and LGBT Equality: A Contentious History.” During this conversation, we explore the history... Read more

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