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Free Speech Out Loud

Free Speech Out Loud is dedicated to releasing free speech recordings such as famous First Amendment court opinions and other primary source documents.

Feb 24, 2023

This is New York Times v. Sullivan (1964).

Legal Question: To what extent does the First Amendment protections for speech and press limit a state's power to award damages in a libel action brought by a public official against critics of his official conduct?


Action: The Court ruled in favor of The Times.



Sep 16, 2022

This article titled “Nature Human Misbehavior: politicized science is neither science nor progress” by Johnathan Rauch was published on FIRE’s Newsdesk on September 14, 2022. 

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May 10, 2022

O'Hare Truck Service, Inc. v. City of Northlake is read by Casey Mattox, the vice president for legal and judicial strategy at Americans for Prosperity.

Legal Question: Whether government retaliation against a contractor or regular provider of services for the exercise of rights of political association or allegiance...

Mar 30, 2022

This speech titled “Spirit of Liberty” was originally given by Judge Learned Hand in 1944 in celebration of I Am an American Day.

For this recording the speech is read by Don Murphy. 

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Feb 15, 2022

Keyishian v. Board of Regents is read by Don Murphy. 

Legal Question: Whether provisions of the Education Law and Civil Service Law requiring public servants to renounce Communism were overly broad and vague. 

Action: The Court ruled in favor of the employees and held that the provisions at issue were unconstitutional...