New “Counterspeak” Episode Available Now

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A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), is now available for download on BookWebSpotify, and iTunes. This installment features interviews with Columbia University President and First Amendment legal scholar Lee Bollinger and with Will Creeley, the director of legal and public advocacy for the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) — and a former Talking Leaves bookseller.

Columbia University president Lee Bollinger chats with ABA's Sydney Jarrard.
Columbia University President Lee Bollinger chats with ABA's Sydney Jarrard.

Counterspeak is co-hosted by American Booksellers Association Content Director Sydney Jarrard; Director of ABFE, Advocacy, and Public Policy Dave Grogan; and Advocacy and Public Policy Coordinator Maria Peroni. The podcast addresses issues pertaining to free expression and the First Amendment.

In this episode, Bollinger discusses his new book, The Free Speech Century (Oxford University Press), co-edited with Geoffrey R. Stone. The book includes essays tracing the history of First Amendment jurisprudence from the Supreme Court’s 1919 decision in Schenck v. the United States, which first invoked the phrase “clear and present danger.” Bollinger highlights the significance of early First Amendment decisions in protecting speech rights and considers the future of the First Amendment.

Creeley joins Counterspeak to talk about his work defending students’ First Amendment rights, why he is passionate about free expression, and his thoughts on the debate surrounding whether there is a campus free speech “crisis.”

Each month, Counterspeak features interviews with experts on the First Amendment and free speech, as well as discussions on relevant current events. A new episode is available on the first Wednesday of the month on BookWebSpotify, and iTunes. For more information, check out Counterspeak’short introductory episode. You can now follow Counterspeak on Twitter or contact the podcast at [email protected].