May 22, 2022

Listen Online: The Rise in Book Banning Discussed on WHYY’s “Radio Times” Program

From Radio Times/WHYY (Philadelphia):

There has been an increase in efforts to ban books from school libraries, classrooms and reading lists. Some conservative groups and individuals are pressing to remove books from shelves if they address certain issues of race, gender, sexuality, LGTBQ topics, social justice and history.

Source: WHYY


This hour, we’ll discuss the rise in book challenges around the country, what’s motivating them and the books and themes that are being targeted. We’ll also talk about the power of books to change the way people see the world.

Emily Knox, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and author of Book Banning in 21st Century America. @ejmknox

Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. @OIF

Carmen Maria Machado, author of the memoir In the Dream House, a book that is banned in some school district.

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