Free Speech and Why it Matters: Andrew Doyle and Stephen Blackwood

Podcast 30th March 2021

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Our Guest Andrew Doyle

Andrew Doyle is a playwright, journalist, and satirist. He is the author of many articles, several plays—including Borderland, The Second Mr Bailey, and Reacher’s Point—as well two books of satire under the name ‘Titania McGrath’: Woke, A Guide to Social Justice, and My First Little Book of Intersectional Activism. He holds a doctorate in renaissance poetry from the University of Oxford.

Ralston College presents a lecture with Andrew Doyle followed by a discussion and audience Q & A with Stephen Blackwood. Doyle discusses his new book, Free Speech and Why it Matters, and offers trenchant examples of recent curtailment of the freedom of speech and thought. He provides a lively account of why free speech and free expression are vital for a thriving culture and describes the kinds of degradation that result when a wide array of ideas are not examined in the public square.

The event took place online on March 4th, 2021.

Links of possible interest

Andrew Doyle’s recent book Free Speech and Why It Matters,  Titania McGrath on Twitter, and Andrew Doyle at Spiked Online.


  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 3:24 Andrew Doyle on free speech
  • 44:45 Conversation with Stephen Blackwood
  • 1:16:30 – Q & A session

Image: Photographer(s) Unknown, Japanese, Protests Surrounding the Construction of Narita Airport Date:, c. 1969, Art Institute of Chicago.


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