James Kirchick: Who Benefits From Unrestricted Free Speech?
When James Kirchick was in college, someone he found deeply offensive spoke on campus. Rather than protest, James attended the talk. He says free speech benefits everyone, especially the powerless.
Elif Shafak: What Happens When Different Viewpoints Are Silenced?
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak has seen firsthand what can happen when a country restricts free speech. She says democracy depends on the right to openly exchange diverse, even oppositional, ideas.
Jeffrey Howard: Should A Culture Dedicated To Free Speech Limit Hate Speech?
Political scientist Jeffrey Howard says democracies should allow all types of speech — even if they're hurtful. The key, he says, is to respond with conversation rather than confrontation.
Zachary Wood: Why Should We Listen To Views We Find Offensive?
In college, Zachary Wood joined a group that invites provocative speakers to campus, hoping to spark dialogue. But he soon learned not everyone wants to hear from those with whom they disagree.
Anand Giridharadas: Do Hateful People Deserve Forgiveness?
Anand Giridharadas spent two years researching a man who committed a string of hate crimes after 9/11. Along the way, he uncovered a striking story of mercy from an unlikely source: the man's victim.
Dylan Marron: Why Should We Speak With People Who Hate Us?
Before starting his podcast, Dylan Marron thought the only way to fight hate was to shut down opposing viewpoints. But after calling several of his trolls, he realized conversation was more effective.
Sally Kohn: What Is The Opposite Of Hate?
Political commentator Sally Kohn wanted to understand why people hate. She traveled the world tracking down stories of hatred - but along the way, discovered an uncomfortable truth about her own past.
Christian Picciolini: How Do You Unlearn Hatred?
As a teenager, Christian Picciolini joined a violent neo-Nazi group. But he began to question his hateful beliefs when strangers offered him something unexpected: compassion.