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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.

    Ep. 179 Artificial intelligence: Is it protected by the First Amendment?

    Ep. 179 Artificial intelligence: Is it protected by the First Amendment?

    What does the rise of artificial intelligence mean for the future of free speech and the First Amendment? Who is liable for what AI produces? Can you own a copyright for works produced by AI? Does AI itself violate intellectual property rights when it uses others’ information to generate content? What about that Morgan Freeman “deep fake”? And is ChatGPT going to make all of our jobs irrelevant?
    Guests:
    Eugene Volokh, professor at UCLA School of Law David Greene, senior staff attorney and civil liberties director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Alison Schary, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Ep. 178 The costs of offending religious sensitivities

    Ep. 178 The costs of offending religious sensitivities

    A faculty member at Hamline University lost her job. Twelve staffers at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo were murdered. And Salman Rushdie was repeatedly stabbed. All of them offended certain people’s religious sensitivities.
    On today’s show, we are joined by Amna Khalid and Michael Moynihan to discuss the risks and costs of teaching, talking, writing, and creating art about religion, particularly Islam. We also discuss the recent #TwitterFiles reporting.
    Amna Khalid is an associate professor of history at Carleton College and host of the podcast “Banished.” Michael Moynihan is a writer, reporter, and co-host of “The Fifth Column” podcast.
    Show notes:
    Transcript New York Times: “A Lecturer Showed a Painting of the Prophet Muhammad. She Lost Her Job.” by Vimal Patel The offending image “Most of All, I Am Offended as a Muslim” by Amna Khalid “Hamline Student Newspaper (the Oracle) Removed Published Defense of Lecturer Who Showed Painting of Muhammad” by Eugene Volokh “We must stand up to Iran’s threats to free speech” by FIRE’s Sarah McLaughlin (reflecting on the anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo attacks) “Capsule Summaries of all Twitter Files Threads to Date, With Links and a Glossary” by Matt Taibbi www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 22 min
    Ep. 177 Are Ann Coulter’s words really ‘violence’?

    Ep. 177 Are Ann Coulter’s words really ‘violence’?

    Do Ann Coulter’s words equal “violence”? Does Emerson College care more about not offending the Chinese Communist Party than protecting student free speech rights? And are faculty political litmus tests back in vogue? FIRE’s Alex Morey and Zach Greenberg join the show to discuss the latest in campus censorship.
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    Show notes:
    Transcript “San Diego State University: University senate adopts policy imposing DEI requirement in reappointment, tenure, and promotion review process” “University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Faculty up for promotion and tenure must submit diversity, equity, and inclusion statements, affirm university views” “‘Your words are violence!’ Cornell students shout down Ann Coulter in latest heckler’s veto to roil campuses this semester” by Amanda Nordstrom “Penn State defends canceling controversial event over ‘threats of violence,’ as police stood by during assaults on students” by Aaron Corpora “UC Davis feces-flingers lose their shit over movie screening” by James Jordan “Emerson still ‘kinda sus’ on free speech — so we’ve alerted their accreditor” by Graham Piro “Arrest of student in Boston a grim reminder of the danger facing Chinese dissidents on campus” by Sarah McLaughlin “Tennessee Tech still investigating, enforcing event ban on LGBTQ+ and theater groups that hosted drag show” by Amanda Nordstrom “Federal court distorts First Amendment, upholds Tennessee Tech’s punishment of professors for ‘Game of Thrones’ parody flyers” by Zach Greenberg www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 52 min
    Ep. 176 Can a graphic designer be compelled to design a website for a same-sex wedding?

    Ep. 176 Can a graphic designer be compelled to design a website for a same-sex wedding?

    Hot on the heels of oral argument in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, FIRE’s Ronnie London and David Hudson join the show to discuss the case, as well as other high profile free speech cases at the Supreme Court this year.
    Show notes:
    Transcript Watch the video of the podcast conversation 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis Shurtleff v. City of Boston  Kennedy v. Bremerton School District Gonzalez v. Google LLC Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc. v. VIP Products LLC www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ep. 175 Jawboning, book banning, and LeBron James thinks hate speech isn’t free speech (also Elon Musk … again)

    Ep. 175 Jawboning, book banning, and LeBron James thinks hate speech isn’t free speech (also Elon Musk … again)

    FIRE’s new Director of Public Advocacy Aaron Terr and the Cato Institute’s Will Duffield join the show to discuss a slew of recent free speech news. California gets it right on rap lyrics but wrong on coronavirus misinformation. One Texas school district repeatedly ventures into book banning. LeBron James spreads “hate speech” misinformation. Is government “jawboning” censorship? And, yes, Elon Musk . . . again.
    Show notes:
    Transcript  Watch the video of the podcast conversation “VICTORY: After FIRE lawsuit, court halts enforcement of key provisions of the Stop WOKE Act limiting how Florida professors can teach about race, sex” “Jawboning against Speech: How Government Bullying Shapes the Rules of Social Media,” by Will Duffield “Fact Sheet: Texas School District Bans 'Gender Fluidity' from Library Shelves” “California Restricts Use of Rap Lyrics in Criminal Trials After Gov. Newsom Signs Bill,” “The ACLU Says California's Ban on COVID-19 ‘Misinformation’ From Doctors Is Gratuitous and Unconstitutional,” LeBron James, via Twitter: “So many damn unfit people saying hate speech is free speech.” “Markey fires back after Musk mocks his Twitter complaint” “Biden asked whether Elon Musk is ‘threat’ to national security, says relationships ‘worth being looked at’” www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 174 Elon Musk, PayPal, and is New York trying to destroy Twitch?

    Ep. 174 Elon Musk, PayPal, and is New York trying to destroy Twitch?

    FIRE’s Will Creeley and Aaron Terr join the show to discuss a slew of recent free speech news: What do we make of Elon Musk buying Twitter? Is PayPal fining its users $2,500 for promoting “misinformation”? Is New York trying to destroy Twitch? And do public employees in Charlottesville, Va., need to shut their mouths to keep their jobs? Also, how’s FIRE’s off-campus expansion going?
    Show notes:
    Transcript Open letter to Elon Musk from Greg Lukianoff on preserving free expression on social media “Elon Musk’s business ties deserve more scrutiny” by Matt Yglesias “Welcome to geriatric social media” by Charlie Warzel “Silicon Values: The future of free speech under surveillance capitalism” by Jillian C. York “PayPal is no pal to free expression” by Aaron Terr “Did PayPal reverse course on proposed speech-chilling policies?” by Aaron Terr “Did PayPal quietly bring back its financial penalty for spreading ‘misinformation’?” by Aaron Terr “The Internet Is Not Facebook: Why Infrastructure Providers Should Stay Out of Content Policing” by Corynne McSherry and Jillian C. York New York attorney general report on the Buffalo shooting, social media, and livestreaming  “City’s new policy wrongly muzzles employees” by Will Creeley www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
144 Ratings

144 Ratings

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Great defenders of free speech

Free speech, due process, and academic freedom are vital to American society, and there are always powerful people (right, left, and center) willing to curtail them. The more defenders freedom has, the better, and this podcast is a great one.

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Highly recommended

FIRE is the leading pro-speech organization in the US now that the ACLU has wimped out. Each episode feature thoughtful interviews, often with lawyers, pertaining to topics around free speech.

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Amazing show!

This show is a solid gold mine. The guests and stories cover a remarkable range of subjects, some newsy, some obscure, and all engaging.

The host and creator, Nico Perrino, is extremely knowledgeable about both the black-letter First Amendment law and history of free speech. He brings out the best in the show's guests.

Whether you're a First Amendment newbie or experienced practitioner, you'll find fascinating episodes throughout.

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