Clear and Present Danger - A history of free speech
About This Show
Why have kings, emperors, and governments killed and imprisoned people to shut them up? And why have countless people risked death and imprisonment to express their beliefs? Jacob Mchangama guides you through the history of free speech from the trial of Socrates to the Great Firewall.
Stay up to date with Clear and Present Danger on the show’s website at freespeechhistory.com.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 6: The Not So Dark Ages: Medieval Intellectuals and Freethinkers
In episode 6 we’ll get “medieval on yo asses”! Find out why the Middle Ages were as much a period of reason and inquiry as inquisition and persecution. Why was the famous medieval intellectual Pierre Abelard both castrated, forced to burn his works and condemned to silence by the church? How did the combination of Aristotelian philosophy and the development of universities create a “killer app” institutionalizing reason and science? What are the parallels between clashes over academic freedom in the 13th and 21st Centuries? All this and much more in Clear and Present Danger Episode 6! Stay up to date with Clear and Present Danger on the show’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or visit the podcast’s website at freespeechhistory.com.