The Consequences of Campus Speech Restrictions for Universities: A Lesson Learned

In this week’s The Reason Roundtable, editors Matt Welch, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, and Peter Suderman debate free speech on campus amid the fallout from a tense congressional questioning of elite university presidents last week.

02:35—University presidents face free speech questions during contentious congressional hearing

31:02—Weekly Listener Question

39:50—Another GOP debate

51:13—This week’s cultural recommendations

Mentioned in this podcast:

“Don’t Excuse the Hypocrisy of University Presidents When It Comes to Free Speech,” by Robby Soave

“Congress Shouldn’t Encourage College Presidents To Censor Even More Speech,” by Robby Soave

“Fight Hate Speech with More Speech, Not Censorship: ACLU’s Nadine Strossen,” by Nick Gillespie

“The Most Obnoxious Blowhard in America,” by Liz Wolfe

“DeSantis Returns To ‘Too Online’ Roots With Debate Comments About Trans Kids,” by Emma Camp

… and more

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Audio production by Ian Keyser; assistant production by Hunt Beaty.

Music: “Angeline,” by The Brothers Steve