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Counterspeak is a monthly free speech podcast hosted by American Booksellers Association Content Director Sydney Jarrard and ABA Director of ABFE, Advocacy and Public Policy Dave Grogan. 
Each month, First Amendment experts discuss their research and relevant current events. The title of the podcast is derived from the concept of speech and dialogue as a powerful tool of resistance. 
Previous guests include:
• Nadine Strossen, former president of the American Civil Liberties Union and author of the book Hate: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship
• Columbia University President Lee Bollinger
• Daphne Keller, director of intermediary liability at Stanford’s Center for Internet and Society
• Deputy General Counsel for the New York Times David McCraw
• Jonathan Hamilt, co-founder of Drag Queen Story Hour
• National Coalition Against Censorship Executive Director Chris Finan
• Katherine Young, translator of Farewell, Aylis: A Non-Traditional Novel in Three Works by Akram Aylisli, which has been banned in Azerbaijan

Latest Episode:

Is the Government Spying on Free Speech Groups? In this episode, Patrick Eddington and host Sydney Jarrard discuss Eddington’s ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) project; the project is trying to determine the extent to which FBI domestic surveillance is collecting national security or intelligence records on domestic organizations such as media outlets, organizations dedicated to the Bill of Rights, and immigration policy groups. One such organization is the Campaign for Liberty, a political organization founded by Congressman Ron Paul.

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The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily that of the American Booksellers Association or the American Booksellers for Free Expression. The podcast launched in December 2018, and new episodes drop the first Wednesday of every month.


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