Author Justin Peters discusses his book, The Idealist.

His Suicide Grabbed Headlines. What’s the Rest of His Story?

His Suicide Grabbed Headlines. What’s the Rest of His Story?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
July 8 2016 6:42 PM

The Life and Death of Aaron Swartz

Author Justin Peters on the impatient child prodigy of the free culture movement.

Aaron Swartz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in August 2007.

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Listen to Episode 535 of Slate’s The Gist:


On The Gist, Slate correspondent Justin Peters on the life and death of “free culture” crusader Aaron Swartz and the history of copyright in the U.S. Peters wrote The Idealist: Aaron Swartz and the Rise of Free Culture on the Internet.

In the Spiel, reflecting on recent shootings of black men by police and of police by a black man.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.