Free Speech

The Roundtable
11:35 am
Mon August 26, 2013

"Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" by Chris Kluwe

    Joe Donahue speaks with Chris Kluwe (author, gamer, nerd - and football player) about his book, Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon August 5, 2013

"Friend of the Court: On the Front Lines with the First Amendment" by Floyd Abrams

    

  Since 1971, when the Pentagon Papers were leaked to the New York Times and furious debate over First Amendment rights ensued, free-speech cases have emerged in rapid succession.

Floyd Abrams has been on the front lines of nearly every one of these major cases, which is also to say that, more than any other person, he has forged this country’s legal understanding of free speech.

WAMC News
5:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Some Vermont Parents Object to Vaccine Exemption Form

Vermont Health Department officials have rewritten rules designed to implement a new law on childhood immunizations, but some parents aren't satisfied with how those changes are being made.

An earlier draft of the rules said when parents want to exempt their child from vaccinations they need to sign a form implying they agree with the Health Department's assessment of the vaccines' risks and benefits. Parents who have expressed skepticism about vaccines say that's compelled speech, and that it violates the First Amendment.

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