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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


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


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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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Campus speech roundup: Art censorship, porn filters, speech restrictions abroad, and litigation victories 

Jan 24, 2019

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by four members of FIRE’s staff to discuss the latest campus free speech news, including two new FIRE initiatives to tackle art censorship and restrictions on free speech... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
From black armbands to the U.S. Supreme Court 

Jan 10, 2019

Her journey started with wearing a black armband to school and proceeded to the landmark United States Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District (1969). But it by no means stopped there: Mary Beth Tinker, namesake of the... Read more


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Against ‘Free Speech’ with Anthony Leaker 

Dec 27, 2018

Against ‘Free Speech’ with Anthony Leaker What does it mean to be “against ‘free speech?’” On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we speak with Anthony Leaker. Earlier this year he wrote an essay for Cato Unbound... Read more


So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast
‘The Half-Life of Facts’ with Samuel Arbesman 

Dec 13, 2018

Has every fact we’ve ever known undergone revision or reversal? It’s a provocative and consequential idea, and one that complexity scientist Samuel Arbesman argues has some truth to it — even if he wouldn’t state it that strongly. On today’s... Read more


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‘Uncensored’ with Zachary Wood 

Nov 29, 2018

Zachary Wood has become comfortable with uncomfortable conversations. He’s engaged in them his entire life — with his mom who suffers from schizoaffective disorder, with his neighbors in Washington, D.C.’s impoverished Ward 8 community, and with... Read more

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