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Are you aware of the alarming rise in censorship and book bans in the United States? This episode features an eye-opening conversation with Kasey Meehan, the Read Program Director at PEN America, who shares her insights on how her organization is fighting to protect free expression and access to diverse and inclusive literature for all. Join us as Kasey walks us through the challenges and trends in book banning, and how PEN America is leading the charge against this growing threat.
Kasey highlights the prevalence of book bans in states such as Florida, Texas, Missouri, Utah, South Carolina, and Michigan, revealing that a small but vocal minority is responsible for most book challenges across the country. We discuss the targeted censorship of best-selling authors like Jodi Picoult and books that tackle subjects such as gender identity, race and racism, and school shootings. Listen in as we explore some of the most commonly challenged books, including 13 Reasons Why and The Hate U Give, and examine the broader implications of this censorship trend.
As we uncover the magnitude of book banning and its impact on our society, we also discuss the crucial role organizations like PEN America play in pushing back against these bans. We emphasize the importance of preserving the First Amendment and student freedom to read, and encourage listeners to get involved and challenge the evil of censorship. Don't miss this vital conversation about the future of censorship and the collective vision we must create for a world that values free expression and access to literature.
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What we talk about in this episode: First Amendment Rights, censorship, Jodi Piccolt, Amanda Gorman, PEN America, American Library Association, 13 Reasons Why, Judy Bloom, Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret, Forever, The Hate U Give, Jamie Gregory, Milk & Honey.
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