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In this series, Sanford Ungar, the director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, speaks with thought leaders and major players in the Free Speech drama unfolding in America. These episodes are audio highlights from video interviews, which can be found on our website freespeechproject.georgetown.edu.

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In this series, Sanford Ungar, the director of the Free Speech Project at Georgetown University, speaks with thought leaders and major players in the Free Speech drama unfolding in America. These episodes are audio highlights from video interviews, which can be found on our website freespeechproject.georgetown.edu.

    Episode 4: Social Media and Misinformation

    Episode 4: Social Media and Misinformation

    This week from The Free Speech Project at Georgetown University: the final episode of a four-part Speaking Freely podcast series concerning Free Speech issues during 2020. We look at the effect of misinformation as COVID-19 spreads across the country. How should social media balance Free Speech with the need for truthful speech during a pandemic?

    Music used in this podcast is from the artist Broke for Free and licensed under the creative commons.

    • 27 min
    Episode 3: Religious Freedom

    Episode 3: Religious Freedom

    The third episode examines the objections that some religious communities have raised to lockdown orders imposed by state and local governments. We speak with NPR religion correspondent Tom Gjelten, Notre Dame sociologist Kraig Beyerlein, and lawyer Steve Crampton from the Thomas More Society. Crampton represented a Mississippi church burned down by a suspected arsonist after it violated its city stay-at-home guidelines. 

    Music used in this podcast is from the artist Broke for Free and licensed under the creative commons.

    • 17 min
    Episode 2: Essential Workers

    Episode 2: Essential Workers

    In part two of our series, we turn to workers who have been deemed “essential” to keeping the economy running during the pandemic.  Some essential workers worried about working while the virus was spreading and have spoken out about working conditions, including the lack of social distancing and safety equipment, such as masks. Some have faced retaliation, bringing into question whether they should be free to speak even as the country battles a pandemic that is causing widespread deaths. 

    Music used in this podcast is from the artist Broke for Free and licensed under the creative commons

    • 14 min
    Episode 1: Lockdown and Protests

    Episode 1: Lockdown and Protests

    Today, in the first episode of this series, we look at two contrasting waves of protest that dominated the news beginning in the spring of 2020, and look at how people affected by the pandemic balanced individual versus community rights. 

    Music used in this podcast is from the artist Broke for Free and licensed under the creative commons

    • 20 min
    Trailer: The State of Free Speech During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    Trailer: The State of Free Speech During the Coronavirus Pandemic

    From face masks to Facebook posts, Free Speech plays an important role in how we navigate the novel coronavirus pandemic. Join us for this four part series as we examine the intersection of societal restrictions and individual expression. 

    • 1 min
    Episode 21: A Perspective From Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan

    Episode 21: A Perspective From Washington Post Media Columnist Margaret Sullivan

    Listen to her interview with FSP Program Director Sanford Ungar

    • 17 min

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