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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.

Feb 20, 2020

Do violent video games make people more violent?

Amid calls to censor or restrict access to violent video games because of their perceived contributions to violent events (such as school shootings), the question is as important as ever.

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino...


Feb 6, 2020

Is carrying a weapon during a political demonstration protected by the First Amendment?

What about intentionally creating an addictive video game? 

Does the First Amendment’s press clause require the existence of news outlets?

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore these three topics...


Jan 22, 2020

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, host Nico Perrino is joined by his FIRE colleagues Robert Shibley, Samantha Harris, and Will Creeley to discuss:

  • the firing of a faculty member at Babson College for a satirical Facebook post;
  • the punishment of two students at the University of Connecticut...


Jan 2, 2020

“Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

On today’s episode of So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast, we explore how America’s fear of communism in the early- to mid-20th century led to firings and blacklists in Hollywood, government, and higher education — and how these actions...