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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. 152 Banning critical race theory

    Ep. 152 Banning critical race theory

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by FIRE’s Joe Cohn and the American Enterprise Institute’s Max Eden to debate and discuss legislative efforts to ban critical race theory, or so-called “divisive concepts,” from being taught in schools. 
    Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s executive order on critical race theory “Ban Critical Race Theory now” by Max Eden “Legislative efforts to address teachings on race pose threats to academic freedom” by Joe Cohn “State legislatures continue efforts to restrict academic freedom” by Tyler Coward “13 important points in the campus & K-12 ‘critical race theory’ debate” by Greg Lukianoff et al. www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 151 Fighting words

    Ep. 151 Fighting words

    There are very few exceptions to the First Amendment. “Fighting words” is one of them. But since the Supreme Court first outlined this exception in 1942, it hasn’t shown much interest in revisiting the issue. 
    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we’re joined by First Amendment scholar and FIRE Legal Fellow David L. Hudson Jr., who argues the “fighting words” doctrine is still alive and well in lower courts and is used to justify punishing everything from toilet tirades to cursing in a canoe.
    Transcript Fighting words overview “The Fighting Words Doctrine: Alive and Well in the Lower Courts” by David Hudson “Can anti-profanity laws and the fighting words doctrine be squared with the First Amendment?” by David Hudson Chaplinsky v. New Hampshire (1942) FIRE’s TikTok video about Chaplinsky  Cohen v. California (1971) Gooding v. Wilson (1972) Lewis v. City of New Orleans (1974) City of Houston v. Hill (1987) Texas v. Johnson (1989) www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 45 min
    Ep. 150 George Orwell

    Ep. 150 George Orwell

    Who was Eric Arthur Blair, better known by his pen name “George Orwell?”
    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore the life and work of an author who died at the age of 46 but whose writings — namely “Animal Farm” and “1984” — still help to shape our understanding of the freedoms of speech and conscience.
    Joining us for the discussion is the author of Orwell’s authorized biography, Indiana State University professor Michael Shelden. Shelden’s biography of Orwell was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.
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    Ep. 149 Caitlin Flanagan and Greg Lukianoff

    Ep. 149 Caitlin Flanagan and Greg Lukianoff

    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by The Atlantic magazine Staff Writer Caitlin Flanagan and FIRE President and CEO Greg Lukianoff to discuss a wide range of topics, including Caitlin’s articles that touch on free speech, her growing up in Berkeley, Calif. the daughter of a professor, and newsroom orthodoxies and censorship.
    Show notes:
    Transcript: https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-transcript-caitlin-flanagan-and-greg-lukianoff/ Caitlin’s The Atlantic article archive “Can We Take a Joke?” documentary “That’s Not Funny!” by Caitlin Flanagan “The Dark Power of Fraternities” by Caitlin Flanagan Dave Chappelle’s “The Closer” Columbia University: Ideological litmus tests at Teachers College Emerson College: Conservative student group investigated for distributing “China Kinda Sus” stickers “Advancing Health Equity: A Guide to Language, Narrative and Concepts” by the American Medical Association and the Association of American Medical Colleges “Letters to a Young Contrarian” by Christopher Hitchens www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 148 University of Austin, a new university devoted to free speech

    Ep. 148 University of Austin, a new university devoted to free speech

    Pano Kanelos believes higher education is broken. But he isn’t waiting for colleges and universities to fix themselves. He’s starting his own.
    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Kanelos who is the inaugural president of the University of Austin, a new university devoted to free speech and open inquiry. Its initial programming, a Forbidden Courses summer program, aims to foster spirited discussion about the most provocative questions that often lead to censorship or self-censorship at many other universities.
    Kanelos is a Shakespeare scholar and the former president of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md. He co-founded the University of Austin with Niall Ferguson, Bari Weiss, Heather Heying, and Joe Lonsdale.
    Show notes:
    Transcript University of Austin website “We Can’t Wait for Universities to Fix Themselves. So We’re Starting a New One.” by Pano Kanelos New York Times: “They Say Colleges Are Censorious. So They Are Starting a New One.” “I’m Helping to Start a New College Because Higher Ed Is Broken” by Niall Ferguson www.sotospeakpodcast.com
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    • 46 min
    Ep. 147 ‘The Mind of the Censor’ with Robert Corn-Revere

    Ep. 147 ‘The Mind of the Censor’ with Robert Corn-Revere

    Censors almost never think they are censors. They often see themselves as heroes, saving the world from the destructive effects of rock ‘n’ roll, movies, comic books, pornography, video games, the internet, etc. 
    On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, author Robert Corn-Revere joins us to discuss how censors operate and why they never occupy the moral high ground. Robert is an attorney and partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and the author of the new book, “The Mind of the Censor and the Eye of the Beholder.”
    Show notes:
    Transcript https://www.thefire.org/so-to-speak-podcast-transcript-the-mind-of-the-censor-with-robert-corn-revere/
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