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Brooklyn Public Library

BPL's new podcast series Borrowed and Banned tells the story of America's ideological war with its bookshelves. In seven episodes, we'll talk... more

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The Challenge

Student activists in York, Pennsylvania organized a silent protest when hundreds of books were banned from their classrooms,... more

14 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
On the Frontlines

Library workers often risk their livelihoods when they speak out against censorship, spurring community members to pick up... more

07 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
An Interview with Maia Kobabe

Maia Kobabe's debut memoir, Gender Queer, was the most frequently banned book in 2021 and 2022. We talked with em about... more

30 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Beloved Blues

Despite being one of the most frequently banned authors, Toni Morrison’s work has inspired countless others to tell... more

22 Nov 2023 · 24 minutes
An Interview with George M. Johnson

George M. Johnson talks about their debut Young Adult memoir All Boys Aren't Blue, the support of their family, their love of Toni... more

16 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
Battle of the Classics

09 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
An Interview with Mike Curato

Mike Curato talks about his award-winning graphic novel Flamer, his writing practice, and how it feels to have his story... more

02 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
Of Parents and School Boards

Over the past few years, school board races have become more heated and more political — and books have become... more

26 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
This Day in Esoteric Political History: United States vs One Book Called Ulysses (1933)

It’s an off-week for Borrowed and Banned, but we do have something special to share. We’re doing a... more

19 Oct 2023 · 20 minutes
Seen and Obscene

The birth of obscenity laws in the 1870s provides a cautionary tale for the present moment, when far-right... more

12 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
The Challenge