Series: The PEN Po‪d‬

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Special: Previewing the PEN World Voices Festival with Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf

On this special edition of The PEN Pod, we look ahead to this week’s PEN World Voices Festival of International literature, a global convening of writers and readers that will gather to celebrate the written word. Here to walk us through what’s up this week, PEN America’s own Clarisse Rosaz Shariyf. Tickets are on sale…

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Love Letters Across Los Angeles; Plus, Tough Questions on Protest Rights, Iran, and Local News

On this week’s edition of The PEN Pod, Leila Hamidi, Jerry Quickly, and Yesika Salgado discuss “Love Letters in Light,” a scrolling display of short love letters across the front of Los Angeles libraries. Then, PEN America’s CEO Suzanne Nossel talks about the crackdown on protest rights, human rights in Iran, and the ongoing local…

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Tough Questions on Facebook and Free Speech; Plus, an English Professor Fired for Speaking Out

What does the Oversight Board’s decision say about free speech on Facebook? How is adherence to disinformation becoming a litmus test in the Republican Party? Our CEO Suzanne Nossel weighs in on the Tough Questions of the week. Then, Professor Daniel Pollack-Pelzner blew the whistle on misconduct at his university—and was promptly fired. What his…

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Tough Questions on the Tough Calls in Publishing; Plus, Teens for Press Freedom

PEN America’s CEO Suzanne Nossel talks about the pressures facing publishing, especially when it comes to a Philip Roth biography and a Mike Pence book deal. Then, a new generation takes up the mantle of protecting a fair, independent, and free press. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

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The Freedom to Write; Plus, Tough Questions on Imprisoned Writers, Mike Pence, and the George Floyd Verdict

On this week’s episode, we explore the latest Freedom to Write Index from PEN America, outlining the number of writers imprisoned around the world; we walk through the findings with Veronica Tien and Karin Deutsch Karlekar. Then, PEN America’s Suzanne Nossel weighs in on impunity for imprisoning writers, Mike Pence’s book deal, and the impact…

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Futureproof with Kevin Roose; Plus, Tough Questions on AI, Turkey, and Protest Rights

On this edition of The PEN Pod, we talk to New York Times journalist Kevin Roose about his new book FUTUREPROOF. Then, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel fields tough questions about artificial intelligence, protest rights, and the status of free expression in Turkey. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

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Libertie with Kaitlyn Greenidge; Then, Tough Questions on Beijing, Corporate Free Speech, and Acts of Courage

On this edition of The PEN Pod, our Jared Jackson talks to Kaitlyn Greenidge about her second novel, LIBERTIE. Then, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel on the limits of corporate speech, a potential Olympic boycott, and a stunning act of courage in Minneapolis. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:

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No Excuse for Online Abuse; Then, Tough Questions on Myanmar, Anti-Trans Legislation, and Fighting Hatred Online

This week on The PEN Pod, a special edition focusing on the scourge of online abuse. PEN America is out with a new report on the impacts of online hate—and how platforms like Facebook and Twitter can do more to help blunt its worst effects. Then, on our weekly Tough Questions segment, PEN America CEO…

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Your Voice Is Your Superpower; Then, Tough Questions on Social Media, Police and Protests, and Saudi Accountability

On this week’s edition, we get to the bottom of Thursday’s big tech CEO hearing on Capitol Hill, discuss the police’s mishandling of last summer’s demonstrations, and examine a death threat issued by a top Saudi diplomat. Then, PEN America’s Jonathan Friedman speaks with children’s book author and lawyer Jessica Bohrer whose new book, YOUR…

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A Texas Professor Puts It All on the Line; Plus, Tough Questions on Saudi Arabia, Protest Rights, and Vaccine Hesitancy

For this week’s episode, PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel recounts the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia, the global crackdown on protest, and vaccine hesitancy among Republicans. Then, PEN America’s Jonathan Friedman speaks to academic Lora Burnett, effectively fired from her job for speaking out. — Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:…

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