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Abrams' initial interest was in English law, which is less protective of free speech. As he learned more about the role that journalists can play at their best—and about the need to be critical of government—he became more enamored with the First Amendment.

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Our understanding of the First Amendment is in flux. According to Abrams, these five cases have deeply shaped how freedoms of speech, press, and religion have come to be defined.

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Abrams, who worked on the Pentagon Papers case, talks about how Julian Assange's exposés about U.S. policy are different from Daniel Ellsberg's revelations about Vietnam.

Politics & Current Affairs

The U.S. has an "astonishing" and "breathtaking" degree of freedom for people, organizations, and institutions to have their say. Abrams talks about where this freedom meets its limits.