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Ep. 107 FIRE, the coronavirus, and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’

So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast

Release Date: 03/20/2020

Ep. 140 Free speech, psychology, and madness show art Ep. 140 Free speech, psychology, and madness

So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by Stetson University Professor of Psychology Christopher J. Ferguson for a wide-ranging conversation about the psychology of censorship, the role of madness and eccentricity in shaping history, the effects of social media, the growing polarization and politicization of modern institutions, including academia, and more.

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Ep. 139 Mahanoy v. B.L. Supreme Court ruling analysis show art Ep. 139 Mahanoy v. B.L. Supreme Court ruling analysis

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This week, the United States Supreme Court vindicated the First Amendment rights of a high school cheerleader who was punished for a salty Snapchat she sent outside of school. It was a resounding victory for free speech advocates and the first time the Supreme Court has considered a high school free speech case since its disappointing 2007 ruling in Morse v. Frederick.

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Ep. 138 A history of Western censorship with Eric Berkowitz show art Ep. 138 A history of Western censorship with Eric Berkowitz

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On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we are joined by lawyer and writer Eric Berkowitz to discuss his fascinating new book, “Dangerous Ideas: A Brief History of Censorship in the West, from the Ancients to Fake News.” 

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Ep. 137 The Constitution of Knowledge with Jonathan Rauch show art Ep. 137 The Constitution of Knowledge with Jonathan Rauch

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What differentiates Albert Einstein from a madman? How do we turn disagreement into knowledge? How do we know what’s true in a world filled with disinformation, conspiracy theories, trolling, and social media pile-ons?

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Ep. 136 Comic book panic! show art Ep. 136 Comic book panic!

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Rebellion! Crime! Juvenile delinquency!

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Ep. 135 Are education schools secretly driving campus censorship? show art Ep. 135 Are education schools secretly driving campus censorship?

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Are education schools secretly driving campus censorship? 

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

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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.”

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

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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.

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Ep. 132 Academic Freedom Alliance with Keith Whittington show art Ep. 132 Academic Freedom Alliance with Keith Whittington

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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.

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

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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.

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On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino sits down with FIRE President & CEO Greg Lukianoff to discuss how FIRE is adapting to the coronavirus outbreak. We also explore the ideas behind Greg’s new, widely discussed article, “Coronavirus and the failure of the ‘Marketplace of Ideas’.”

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