29 episodes

Why have kings, emperors, and governments killed and imprisoned people to shut them up? And why have countless people risked death and imprisonment to express their beliefs? Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall.
Stay up to date with Clear and Present Danger on the show’s website at freespeechhistory.com

Clear and Present Danger - A history of free speech Jacob Mchangama

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8, 29 Ratings

Why have kings, emperors, and governments killed and imprisoned people to shut them up? And why have countless people risked death and imprisonment to express their beliefs? Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall.
Stay up to date with Clear and Present Danger on the show’s website at freespeechhistory.com

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Mark on the Lower East Side ,

Interesting, covers a lot of ground, yet nuanced

This show has an amazing scope, starting with ancient Greece, progressing to medieval Christian & Islamic realms, and onward to (so far) the late eighteenth century and, eventually I assume, up to today. With occasional episodes devoted to interviews with academic experts on the period or culture just discussed.

I’ve learned a lot, and come away with a better sense of the changing shape and extent of restrictions on expression over time and under different regimes.

Most recently, I really loved the interview with Steven Nadler about Spinoza’s ideas regarding expression, and political and religious freedom more generally, and the reaction to those ideas within the Netherlands (which was then at the forefront of such liberty) and by other philosophers and thinkers. Very nuanced.

Some of the sound effects—e.g., those used for transitions—can be a little hokey, but at least in the earlier episodes, which are devoted to antiquity, they do suggest an ancient setting.

nicmart ,

Challenging

Each episode is rich in content. Also, something of a challenge to listen to since everything is at a fever pitch and the quote method is eccentric. Certainly worth the time, but I’d prefer to read it.

JPthr33 ,

Vitally important

Now more than ever a program like this needs to reach as many people as possible. The freedom of expression is a finite resource, it seems. It needs a history and protection. Both needs are met here in his show. Thanks!

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