There is a seemingly endless amount of media dedicated to exploring, explaining, and discussing freedom of the press. In this first edition of Media Minute, we focus on podcasts. Our team spent hours compiling the top eight episodes on this topic to teach you what you need to know and why you need to know it. Put in those earbuds and enjoy the best that scholars, lawyers, and historians have to offer.
From New Hampshire Public Radio comes Civics 101: a podcast designed to serve as a refresher course on the ins and outs of democracy. In their multiple-part series about the 1st Amendment, they created an entire dedicated to freedom of the press. Host Virginia Prescott and author/professor Elizabeth A. Skewes take a look at everything from the origin of freedom of the press to its application in today’s media-centered society. This is a great podcast for those looking to brush up on the basics.
Asia and the Pacific Policy Society created an episode that is perfect for those interested in freedom of the press on an international scale. National Security experts Rory Medcalf and Katherine Mansted give their audience a look at the subject beyond the border of the United States. By delving in to Australia’s foreign relations, they discuss how free press can impact national security in the 21st century.
Talk about timely! The German Marshall Fund of the United States’s Out of Order podcast focuses on the here and now of free press issues. The podcast is part of GMF’s Frontlines of Democracy initiative. Host Jonathan Katz analyzes the negative impacts of the pandemic on journalistic freedom with Drew Sullivan, publisher and founder of the Organized Crime and Corruption reporting project.
If there were ever a podcast for lovers of the First Amendment, it’s So to Speak: The Free Speech Podcast. If there were ever an internationally renowned expert on free press, it’s Laura Handman. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education has combined the two, creating a remarkably informative, well-timed episode for listeners. Along with host Nico Perrino, Handman examines the threats to free press and how they have evolved in recent years.
Don’t judge a podcast by its title. Forty-four minutes into the episode, producer Kevin Steele and the podcast’s namesake Dan Carpay discuss the aftermath of Rebel’s Media’s Keean Bexte’s aggressive exclusion from a press conference at the Trudeau cottage. Carpay talks about what qualifies as “media” and consequently who qualifies as a “journalist.” John Carpay is the president of the Justice Centre for Institutional Freedoms.
As if the title of the source didn’t give it away, Chandrika Kaul, Sue Mendus, and Peter Oborne take a philosophical approach to free press. The Forum for Philosophy brings its audience an educational debate about the role of free press in democracy and attempts to answer the question, “Where are the limits?” This is an educational listen for those looking to learn about distinctions between the right to free speech and the right to free press.
San Francisco’s KALW public radio station covers the relationship between free press and the two most recent presidents of the United States. The episode offers a compare and contrast look at how Barack Obama and Donald Trump have interacted with news media. Host Rose Aguilar and guests highlight the way changes in the executive branch can also change the state of free press in America.
In this episode of Charlotte Talks, host Mike Collins analyzes the current state of free press against the backdrop of riots, controversial policies, and general discontent. Collins is joined by Duke University professor Philip Napoli and Committee to Protect Journalists Advocacy Director Courtney Radsch. Together they explore various methods of censorship and discuss how to guarantee that free press is truly free.
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