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Light On Light Through

You'll hear a little of this and lot of that on Light On Light Through - my reviews of great television series and movies, my interviews with authors and creative media people and their interviews of me, my media theory and political commentary, thoughts about my favorite cars and food and space travel, discussions of my music, and a few of my readings from my science fiction stories. In the first years, starting in 2006, I put up a new episode at least once a month.  More recently, it became more or less often than once a month, usually less often.  But in the Summer of 2020, I began getting more in the mood to podcast, and on 17 October 2023, I began publishing a new episode of the podcast every Tuesday at 12:01 pm -- a minute after Noon (New York time).  - Paul Levinson 

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May 13, 2010

Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 77, in which I discuss concerns that I and other civil libertarians have raised about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's views of the First Amendment, in particular her suggestion that objectional speech - such as hate speech and in pornography - can be restricted by government if it uses laws against physical abuse in hate crimes (which are indeed Constitutional and necessary for the government) to chill or limit the speakers.


  1. my Infinite Regress blog piece:  Concern about Kagan's First Amendment position
  2. my Daily Kos blog piece, with extensive commentary:  Concern about Kagan's First Amendment position
  3. James Doty's defense of  Kagan in Salon
  4. Jonathan Turley's critique of Kagan, with link to her article about combating hate speech and pornography
  5. Light On Light Through podcast interview with the Doningers about Sotomayor's decision in their case
  6. My 2005 Fordham University Keynote Address:  The Flouting of the First Amendment
  7. Huffington Post discussion of Obama's address at Hampton University
  8. my 2009 book, New New Media

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