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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.

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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. 135 Are education schools secretly driving campus censorship?

    Ep. 135 Are education schools secretly driving campus censorship?

    Are education schools secretly driving campus censorship? 

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Lewis & Clark Associate Professor of English Lyell Asher to discuss his 2018 article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, “How Ed Schools Became a Menace.”

    Also joining the conversation is FIRE President & CEO Greg Lukianoff, co-author of the bestseller “The Coddling of the American Mind.”

    • 1 hr
    Ep. 134 A cheerleader’s free speech case lands at the Supreme Court

    Ep. 134 A cheerleader’s free speech case lands at the Supreme Court

    Ninth grader Brandi Levy was frustrated when she didn’t make her high school’s varsity cheerleading team so she posted an intemperate video about it on Snapchat to her 250 “friends.”

    Four years later, that video, which led to her suspension from the junior varsity cheer team, will take center stage at the United States Supreme Court. 

    Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L. is a case that University of Florida Professor Frank LoMonte says will determine “the future of student free speech.”

    • 45 min
    [FIXED] Ep. 133 University of Wisconsin Professor Donald Downs

    [FIXED] Ep. 133 University of Wisconsin Professor Donald Downs

    Retired University of Wisconsin Professor Donald Downs is a legendary champion of free speech and academic freedom. But before he became one of the country’s preeminent defenders of these values, he wrote a book that challenged prevailing free speech arguments.

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Professor Downs to discuss his journey from somewhat of a free speech skeptic to one of its most fervent defenders.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep. 132 Academic Freedom Alliance with Keith Whittington

    Ep. 132 Academic Freedom Alliance with Keith Whittington

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss the newly formed Academic Freedom Alliance, which is a union of American college faculty members dedicated to protecting faculty expressive and academic freedom rights.

    Keith E. Whittington is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Professor Whittington is the chair of AFA’s Academic Committee. He also is a member of FIRE’s Board of Directors.

    • 58 min
    Ep. 131 ‘Incitement’ with David L. Hudson Jr.

    Ep. 131 ‘Incitement’ with David L. Hudson Jr.

    There are very few exceptions to the First Amendment, and “incitement to imminent lawless action” is one of them. In the wake of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial over his alleged incitement of the Jan. 6 violence at the U.S Capitol, this obscure legal doctrine has captured headlines.

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we discuss the incitement doctrine, and whether Trump’s Jan. 6 speech amounted to incitement, with First Amendment scholar David L. Hudso

    • 39 min
    Ep. 130 Stonewalling by the University of California

    Ep. 130 Stonewalling by the University of California

    We explore a multi-year public records odyssey at the University of California, Los Angeles involving former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a campus appearance, administrative stonewalling, and, finally, a successful lawsuit filed by FIRE.

    We learn about the challenges student journalists face accessing public records in the University of California system and why access to such records is important for democracy and for student journalists to fulfill their watchdog role.

    • 18 min

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