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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast takes an uncensored look at the world of free expression through personal stories and candid conversations.New episodes post every other Thursday.

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast takes an uncensored look at the world of free expression through personal stories and candid conversations.New episodes post every other Thursday.

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Amazing - such important issues and very thoughtfully explored

Fantastic podcast

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Fasinating guests and topics.

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66 Ratings
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61
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By IPhone 6+ User Houston - Jul 29 2018
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Amazing - such important issues and very thoughtfully explored

Fantastic podcast

By Vino821 - Jan 04 2018
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Fasinating guests and topics.
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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast

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So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast takes an uncensored look at the world of free expression through personal stories and candid conversations.New episodes post every other Thursday.

Rank #1: ‘The Grievance Studies Affair’

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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 revealing their hoax, seven were accepted, four published, seven were “still in play,” and six were retired. The result is what’s become known as the “Grievance Studies Affair.” 

But what does their experiment prove, exactly?

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we put this question directly to Jim Lindsay, Helen Pluckrose, and Peter Boghossian, who authored the controversial papers.

Show notes:

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Aug 08 2019
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #2: Glenn Greenwald On “Defending My Enemy”

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In discussions about free speech issues, you’ll often hear people say something to the effect of, “I disapprove of what you say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”

The quote is typically misattributed to the French Enlightenment thinker Voltaire. But proper crediting aside, the sentiment it expresses accurately reflects how many free speech advocates go about their work—including Glenn Greenwald.

Greenwald is best known as one of the journalists who coordinated the 2013 National Security Agency revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden. But before he became an award-winning journalist, he was a lawyer. And not just any lawyer: a First Amendment lawyer who, as a gay man of Jewish descent, defended the First Amendment rights of Neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

This episode kicks off a two-part series on the topic of “defending my enemy” that will explore why people who vehemently oppose certain ideas nonetheless staunchly defend the right of others to express them.

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May 19 2016
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Rank #3: Bret Weinstein, professor in exile

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Former Evergreen State College Professor Bret Weinstein describes himself as a “professor in exile.” The evolutionary biologist left Evergreen last September in the fallout from the controversy surrounding the school’s planned Day of Absence programming.

Weinstein’s objection to the programming led fifty students to disrupt his class and demand his resignation. The backlash became so intense that Evergreen’s chief of police told him she could not protect him from protesters. As a result, he had to hold his biology course in a public park.

On this episode of So to Speak, we speak with Weinstein about his experience and the state of free speech and inquiry in higher education and beyond.

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Mar 08 2018
1 hour 25 mins
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Rank #4: Debating ‘Is there a campus free speech crisis?’ with Sullivan, Haidt, Nossel, Sachs, & Foster

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Is there a campus free speech crisis?

In March, FIRE staff discussed the question. On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we put the question to others and feature audio from a live debate that occurred on May 8 in New York City.

New York magazine’s Andrew Sullivan and New York University’s Jonathan Haidt argue, yes, there is a campus free speech crisis.

PEN America’s Suzanne Nossel and Acadia University’s Jeffrey Sachs argue, no, there is not.

Freethink’s Kmele Foster moderates.

The debate took place at The Village Underground and was sponsored by FIRE and the Comedy Cellar as a part of “The Underground Debate Series.”

Who do you think won the debate? Share your thoughts on social media and tag the podcast using @freespeechtalk on Twitter.

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May 16 2018
1 hour 49 mins
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Rank #5: ‘The Coddling of the American Mind’

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Tribalism and group polarization are on the rise. So too are rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide. On campuses, professors and students are afraid to speak out. And on social media, outrage mobs rule the day.

How did we get here?

On today’s episode of So to Speak, we are joined by FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff to discuss his new co-authored book with New York University professor Jonathan Haidt, “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.”

It’s a social science detective story that seeks to explain “the growing inability of Americans to live, work, and cooperate across party lines” — and in this discussion, Greg points us toward all the clues.

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Sep 04 2018
54 mins
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Rank #6: ‘David French-ism’

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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 conservatives” over civil liberties.

Also joining us is FIRE’s current President & CEO Greg Lukianoff, author of The New York Times bestseller “The Coddling of the American Mind,” due out in paperback on Aug. 20.

Show notes:

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Jul 24 2019
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #7: Harvard professor Steven Pinker

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Harvard University professor and FIRE Advisory Council member Steven Pinker is a rockstar academic. He has written 10 books, many of which are bestsellers, including most recently “The Better Angels of our Nature” and “The Sense of Style.”

On this episode of So to Speak, we chat with professor Pinker about free speech, free inquiry, taboo, dangerous ideas, and, of course, his forthcoming book on the Enlightenment: “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.” Here is the recommended reading list provided by professor Pinker during the podcast:

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Nov 15 2017
40 mins
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Rank #8: The Daughters: Carlin, Pryor, and Bruce Speak Out

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Kelly Carlin, Rain Pryor, and Kitty Bruce are the daughters of the godfathers of comedy.

Their fathers, George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce, shaped the stand-up comedy you hear today. If you listen to any of their routines and none of them surprise you, it’s because they influenced every comedian who came later.

In this exclusive interview, the daughters speak out for the first time together about their fathers and the censorship fights that all three comedy legends combatted in their quests to stay true to their art.

Transcript: https://www.thefire.org/the-daughters-of-comedy-carlin-pryor-bruce/

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Jul 28 2016
1 hour 5 mins
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Rank #9: Former FEC Chairman Bradley Smith

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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 chairman about how political campaign activity is regulated in America and how this regulation implicates the First Amendment. We also explore some of today’s hot-button campaign finance controversies.

Smith is a professor of law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. From 2000 until 2005, he served as a FEC commissioner. He was FEC chairman in 2004 and vice chairman in 2003. In 2005, Smith founded the Center for Competitive Politics, now known as the Institute for Free Speech.

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Feb 21 2019
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #10: Welcome!

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"So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast" takes an uncensored look at the world of free expression through personal stories and candid conversations. Tune in on May 5 for the first episode of "So to Speak," featuring Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Jonathan Rauch and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education President & CEO Greg Lukianoff.

Apr 19 2016
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Rank #11: David Baugh on ‘Defending My Enemy’

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Why did a black defense attorney, who fought against segregation in high school and battled racism in the courtroom, volunteer to defend the First Amendment rights of an Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan?

David Baugh is a Richmond, Virginia-based attorney, who, while serving on the Board of Directors of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, volunteered to defend the Klansman Barry Elton Black’s right to burn a cross at a Klan rally. The case would eventually make its way up to the Supreme Court of the United States and set important First Amendment precedent.

Baugh believed Black’s ideas were repugnant. But he also believed strongly in the First Amendment and that the freedoms enshrined in that amendment needed to be protected.

“As I was growing up, my mother taught me that a principle or a moral isn’t really yours until it’s tested,” he told us.

This is the second episode in our two-part series on the topic of “defending my enemy,” which explores why people who vehemently oppose certain ideas nonetheless staunchly defend the right of others to express them.

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Jun 02 2016
37 mins
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Rank #12: Campus speech roundup: Art censorship, porn filters, speech restrictions abroad, and litigation victories

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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 and academic freedom abroad.

Participants in this show are:

Nico Perrino, host of So to Speak, director of communications

Will Creeley, senior vice president of legal and public advocacy

Adam Steinbaugh, director of FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program

Marieke Tuthill Beck-Coon, director of litigation

Sarah McLaughlin, senior program officer for legal and public advocacy

Show notes:

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Jan 24 2019
1 hour 1 min
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Rank #13: Campus free speech round table: spring 2017 semester in review

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FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff once declared 2014 the year of the heckler. But after high profile examples of mob censorship at the University of California, Berkeley, Middlebury College, and Claremont McKenna College, has 2017 become the new year of the heckler — at least on college campuses?

On this week’s episode of So to Speak, host Nico Perrino is joined by his FIRE colleagues Will Creeley, Samantha Harris, and Joe Cohn to help answer this and other questions about free speech on campus during the spring 2017 semester.

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Jun 01 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #14: Tyler Cowen on the complacent campus

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George Mason University Professor Tyler Cowen has spent the better part of the last 40 years on college campuses. That’s why when he wrote in his new book “The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream” that college campuses are “among the segments of American society where the complacent class exercises its strongest influence,” we wanted to learn more.

On today’s episode of So to Speak, we ask professor Cowen why he believes college campuses are complacent and what impact, if any, this has on recent campus debates about freedom of speech.

Joining host Nico Perrino in quizzing professor Cowen about the implications his thesis has for free speech is FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff, who is also curious about some of professor Cowen’s other areas of expertise — economics and food.

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Jun 15 2017
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #15: ‘Sex and the Constitution’ with professor Geoffrey R. Stone

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Sex and the Constitution are not two topics often thought of together.

But University of Chicago Law School professor Geoffrey R. Stone seeks to change that with the publication of “Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century.”

The newly released, 700-page book is 10 years in the making. Stone’s comprehensive review extends all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans to explain how sex came to be legislated in America.

Professor Stone is the guest on today’s episode of So to Speak. Fittingly, we met in New York City to discuss the portions of “Sex and the Constitution” dealing with the regulation of sexual expression. It was, after all, in New York City where the YMCA and Anthony Comstock began their campaigns in the 1800s to root out what they deemed obscene, sexually explicit material.

During our conversation, Stone explains how “obscenity” came to be regulated in America and why its legal definition constantly shifts. We also explore other First Amendment issues surrounding sexual expression, including nude dancing and the public funding of art with sexual themes.

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Apr 20 2017
51 mins
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Rank #16: Supreme Court review: Kennedy, Kavanaugh, and “weaponizing the First Amendment”

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Supreme Court review: Kennedy, Kavanaugh, and “weaponizing the First Amendment”

On this episode of So to Speak, we discuss President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court and what it might mean for the First Amendment. We also review Anthony Kennedy’s legacy, the free speech cases from this past Supreme Court term, and Justice Elena Kagan’s contention that some of her colleagues are “weaponizing the First Amendment.”

The guests on today’s show are:

Paul Sherman: Senior attorney, Institute for Justice

Bob Corn-Revere: Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine

Walter Olson: Senior fellow, Cato Institute

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Jul 11 2018
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #17: Is there a campus free speech crisis?

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Is there a campus free speech crisis? On this episode of So to Speak, Nico Perrino is joined by FIRE’s Will Creeley and Samantha Harris to discuss this simmering question.

Watch the video of this podcast recording: youtu.be/uoO6TCAQpaE

Additional reading:

The ‘campus free speech crisis’ is a myth. Here are the facts.” by Jeffrey Adam Sachs

Everything we think about the political correctness debate is wrong” by Matthew Yglesias

The skeptics are wrong: Attitudes about free speech on campus are changing” by Sean Stevens and Jonathan Haidt

White House forum discusses free speech on campus” by Robert Shibley/FIRE

Gallup/Knight survey sheds light on changing student attitudes about free speech” by Nico Perrino/FIRE

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Mar 27 2018
49 mins
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Rank #18: Judge Richard Posner on the First Amendment

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Last week, Judge Richard Posner suddenly retired from the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after nearly 36 years on the bench. The 1981 President Reagan appointee authored over 3,300 judicial opinions during his tenure and is widely considered one of the most vocal, provocative, and influential appellate court judges of all time.

On today’s episode of So to Speak, we hear Judge Posner’s candid thoughts on the First Amendment as we play for you a conversation he had with Professor Geoffrey Stone on May 16, 2016, at the University of Chicago Law School.

In this wide-ranging and candid dialogue, Judge Posner discusses his views on executive power in wartime, including why he believes President Franklin Roosevelt was justified in interning Japanese-Americans during World War II and why President Abraham Lincoln was right to ignore the Supreme Court’s decision in Ex Parte Merryman. He also addresses Citizens United v. FEC (“terrible”), the Supreme Court in general (“a mediocre institution”), McCullen v. Coakley, the Pentagon Papers, flag burning, and much, much more.

This podcast is presented as part of So to Speak’s exclusive partnership with the First Amendment Salon. The First Amendment Salon is a quarterly gathering of members of the First Amendment community for a 90-minute discussion with leading thinkers concerning a timely topic related to freedom of expression.

VIDEO: youtu.be/bhLJliXX848

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Sep 05 2017
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #19: “After Charlottesville” w/ former ACLU President Nadine Strossen

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Nadine Strossen knows the dangers of Nazism. Her father was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp one day before he was scheduled to be sterilized. If American soldiers arrived a day later, Strossen would never become the first female president of the ACLU. She wouldn’t even be alive.

After Charlottesville, there has been vigorous debate about the so-called limits of free speech. Should white supremacist and neo-Nazi ideologies enjoy full First Amendment rights? And if so, should civil liberties groups, like the ACLU, defend them?

On today’s episode of So to Speak, Strossen discusses the fallout from Charlottesville and argues forcefully that, yes, even neo-Nazis deserve free speech and assembly rights ― and yes, the ACLU should defend those rights. She believes the best way to preserve a free society is to not compromise the rights guaranteed by a free society. She is authoring a book on this very topic due out next year titled, “HATE: Why we should resist it with free speech, not censorship.”

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Aug 22 2017
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #20: Exploring threats to a free press with Laura Handman

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What are the greatest threats to a free press in America, and how have they changed in recent years?

On this episode of So to Speak, we speak with Laura R. Handman, who is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine and a co-chair of the firm’s appellate practice. For 30 years, she has worked on free press issues ranging from defamation to reporter’s privilege. Her media clients include National Public Radio, Atlantic Media, Dow Jones, The Economist, Amazon, Bloomberg, and many more.

Don’t forget! Join us on May 8 at the Comedy Cellar in New York City for a live debate: “Is there a campus free speech crisis?” Tickets are now available from comedycellar.com.

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Apr 19 2018
1 hour 9 mins
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