Make No Law: The First Amendment Podcast
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Ken White explores the background of important First Amendment cases and the personalities and history that led to them. Join Ken, First Amendment litigator and law blogger at Popehat.com, as he interviews some of the people behind America’s most important free speech cases.
||CleanBonus: The Mailbag Episode||While the idea of free speech seems straightforward enough, its execution can be a little messy. Current events especially have underscored the complexity of what is protected by law and what is a punishable offense. Luckily, there are First Amendment..||9/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFighting Faiths||Everyone loves a good redemption story. Maybe that's because it helps us believe it's never too late to change. But how does the same Justice who decided Schenck v. United States, a low point for First Amendment jurisprudence, become the ultimate...||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFire in a Crowded Theater||“You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” is one of the most commonly used First Amendment catchphrases -- but does it really support exceptions to free speech? The answer to this question can be found in the writings of Supreme Court...||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStreet||What pushes a 51 year-old decorated World War II veteran to burn the American flag? In June of 1966, Sidney Street heard the news that James Meredith, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement, had been shot on the second day of his March Against Fear....||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitCrush||The Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 was an animal cruelty prevention law aimed at videos showing women in high heels crushing small animals. While the law took aim at these videos, it ended up being used to target Robert Stevens instead....||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDisparagement, Contempt, and Disrepute||Simon Tam named his band “The Slants” as a way to fight back against racism and take back the word as a form of self-empowerment. But when he tried to register the name as a trademark, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) denied the..||3/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn The Job||When Richard Ceballos, a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County, expressed concern about the validity of a search warrant in 2000, he discovered the fuzzy line between free speech rights and the need for government entities to maintain...||2/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Schoolhouse Gates||In late 1965, a 13-year-old student named Mary Beth Tinker wore a black armband to Warren Harding Junior High School in Des Moines, Iowa, to support a truce in the Vietnam war. The school suspended Mary Beth Tinker for violating a a policy the...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitFighting Words||On April 6, 1940, a Jehovah's Witness named Walter Chaplinsky was arrested for yelling, “You are a God damned racketeer and a damned Fascist and the whole government of Rochester are Fascists or agents of Fascists” at a Rochester, New Hampshire...||1/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Thoughtful and challenging
Reading Popehat’s blog for years now, I’m more careful when considering matters of policy. The inclination to exercise state power against those who annoy me is an impulse I am better able to identify and resist and one I will readily caution others against. The podcaster makes a pointed argument that criminalizing and punishing speech does not protect the powerless, but rather the opposite. I’m very excited for the series to continue.
Citizens, I implore you to subscribe and listen.
Great first episode and looking forward to many more to come. A little jarring when listening to a speaker and background music takes prominence. Perhaps less overlap in those scenarios or less volume for the background. Otherwise, great informative content.