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All Episodes

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

How Beautiful We Were with Imbolo Mbue; Plus, Tough Questions on Big Tech, Antitrust, and the Supreme Court

On this edition of The PEN Pod, our Jared Jackson interviews author Imbolo Mbue, who’s new novel HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE reckons with big corporations and the fight for...

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