New Episode of “Counterspeak” Features NCAC’s Chris Finan, Media Coalition’s David Horowitz

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A new episode of Counterspeak, the monthly podcast of the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE), will be available for download on BookWeb, Spotify, and iTunes this Thursday, January 3. This installment features interviews with Media Coalition’s David Horowitz and the National Coalition Against Censorship’s (NCAC) Chris Finan.

Counterspeak, which launched in December, is co-hosted by American Booksellers Association Content Development 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.

This month’s episode features Chris Finan, executive director of NCAC, former president of the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, and author. He discusses his career defending free speech, from his work with ABA to resisting censorship at NCAC, and his latest book Drunks: An American History (Beacon Press). Finan also shares details about the Open Discussion Project, a reading group hosted by bookstores that aims to bring together readers from divergent points on the political spectrum.

David Horowitz, executive director of Media Coalition, an association of media groups that “defends the American public’s First Amendment right to access the broadest possible range of information, opinion, and entertainment,” also joins this month’s episode to offer insight into current legislative proposals that could have First Amendment implications.

Each month, Counterspeak will feature interviews with experts on the First Amendment and free speech, as well as discussions on relevant current events. A new episode will be available on the first Thursday of every month on BookWebSpotify, and iTunes. For more information, check out Counterspeak’s short introductory episode.