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“The Free Speech Wars”: Headspace #22 with Lionel Shriver, Afua Hirsch and Mary Beard

In this week's Headspace podcast, our guests talk freedom of speech, power and the new culture wars

By Prospect Team  

What is freedom of speech? Who has it? And how has it become a cornerstone of a new culture war?

In this week’s Headspace podcast, Prospect contributors Lionel Shriver, Mary Beard and Afua Hirsch discuss if free speech is being denied—or if the new “assault” on free speech is really just about finding space for different voices.

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Further reading


Lionel Shriver on how the new call-out culture is killing fiction.

Free speech isn’t about freedom, says Afua Hirsch—it’s about power.

Listen to all the episodes of Headspace here.

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