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Many readers of Original Jurisdiction, who subscribed to this newsletter because of my coverage of free-speech controversies at law schools, are deeply interested in—and firmly committed—to the First Amendment and free speech. If you’re one of these readers, then you’ll enjoy my latest podcast episode: a conversation with Professor Nadine Strossen, one of our country’s leading scholars—and staunchest defenders—of civil liberties, including but not limited to free speech.
From 1991 to 2008, Nadine served as President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She taught constitutional law for many years at New York Law School, where she was the John Marshall Harlan II Professor of Law, and she is the author of Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (2018). Her latest book, Free Speech: What Everyone Needs to Know, will be published this fall.
In our conversation, Nadine and I discussed her fascinating family background, including the fact that her father was a Holocaust survivor; her early legal career, which included time at Sullivan & Cromwell; and her assessment of the state of free speech in the United States today, which faces threats from both the right and the left. We also engaged in a debate in which I played the role of devil’s advocate, presenting what I think are the strongest arguments for speech restrictions—and Nadine eloquently defended free expression and open discourse, as she has done for decades.
I’m so grateful to Nadine—for joining me on the podcast, and for all her work over the years in defense of free speech and other core civil liberties. You can listen to the podcast via the embed at the top of this post or your podcasting platform of choice.
Nadine Strossen bio, New York Law School
Nadine Strossen profile and recent writings, Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE)
The First Amendment Is the Greatest Defense for the Powerless and Marginalized, by Jacob Mchangama and Nadine Strossen for the Daily Beast
Make Freedom of Speech Liberal Again, by Tunku Varadarajan for the Wall Street Journal
Prefer reading to listening? For paid subscribers, a transcript of the entire episode appears below.
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