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Free Speech: The Challenge of Our Times

Next Airing: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019 at 4:00 AM on UEN-TV

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Free speech is a fundamental element to a democracy. In America, it's sometimes taken for granted. Free Speech: Challenge of Our Times, presented by Arizona State University's School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership and Arizona PBS, takes a deep look into this constitutional right and how we as Americans can protect it. The programs pull a diverse spectrum of viewpoints from academics, politicians and free speech thought leaders.


  • Professor Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago, who authored the school's statement of principles on free expression, discusses the appropriate limits on free speech in institutions of higher learning.

    Next Airing: Tue, Oct 22nd, 2019 at 4:00 AM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/6/2019 to 6/5/2020
  • Experimental psychologist and Harvard University Professor Steven Pinker explores the fundamental right of free speech.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 24th, 2019 at 8:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/13/2019 to 6/12/2020
  • Steven Hayward of Powerline and University of California, Berkeley, presents the intellectual suicide of American universities and the causes and remedies associated with it.

    Next Airing: Thu, Oct 31st, 2019 at 8:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/20/2019 to 6/19/2020
  • Former U.S. Senators Tom Daschle, D-S.D., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., discuss the role of disagreement and civil dialogue in American politics and civic culture.

    Length: 00:27:34
    Usage rights: 4/18/2019 to 4/17/2020
  • First Amendment lawyer and author Floyd Abrams, who represented The New York Times in the landmark Pentagon Papers Supreme Court case, explains why free speech must be protected.

    Length: 00:25:59
    Usage rights: 4/25/2019 to 4/24/2020
  • Jonathan Haidt, author of "The Righteous Mind" and co-founder of Heterodox Academy, explores "America's Escalating Outrage" and its impact of universities in America.

    Length: 00:26:17
    Usage rights: 5/2/2019 to 5/1/2020
  • Scholars Robert P. George and Cornel West discuss the importance of open dialogue in pursuit of civil discussion and the serious and respectful exchange of ideas, on university campuses and in American society.

    Length: 00:26:15
    Usage rights: 5/9/2019 to 5/8/2020
  • Middlebury Professor Allison Stanger and Reed Professor Lucia Martinez Valdivia examine issues that surround free speech on campus when protests turn extreme.

    Length: 00:26:09
    Usage rights: 5/16/2019 to 5/15/2020
  • Arizona State University Dean of Students Nicole Taylor leads a discussion with students from across the country on why free speech on campus is critical.

    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 5/23/2019 to 5/22/2020
  • Bret Weinstein, evolutionary biologist; Heather MacDonald, the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute; and Ulrich Baer, professor of German and Comparative Literature at New York University; talk about negotiating controversial speakers on campus.

    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 5/30/2019 to 5/29/2020