It’s Banned Books Week! While diving into one of the many titles that landed on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books of the last decade is a great way to spend your free time this week, it’s also important to explore why the book community comes together every year to show support for easy access to information. Whether you are curious about the history behind book banning or want to explore how graphic novels fit into the world of banned books, listening to podcasts is a great way to learn something new. In honor of Banned Books Week, give these three podcast episodes a listen:
- The Story Behind Ep. 126: Banned Books
On this episode of The Story Behind, podcast host Emily Prokop takes listeners on a journey dating all the way back to 2010 BC detailing the origin of banned books. While the episode is only 12 minutes from start to finish, Emily was able to pack plenty of interesting information, and even a scene from “Parks and Recreation,” into the bite-sized episode.
- Part-Time Genius: Why Were These Banned?
Already know the history behind Banned Books Week, but want to hear more about why certain books have been challenged or banned? On this episode of Part-Time Genius, hosts Will and Mango cover many of the stories of banned books from the mystery behind the “Wicked Bible” to why Where’s Waldo is banned in prisons.
- Comics Are Great! Ep. 105: Banned Books
Did you know that every year at least one graphic novel makes the American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books List? On this episode of Comics Are Great!, listeners hear from cartoonist Jerzy Drozd and David Carter, librarian at the University of Michigan’s Comics and Video Game Archive, as they explore the complexities behind censorship in comics.
Looking for other great podcasts about reading? Check out the Professional Book Nerds podcast. Hosts Jill and Adam provide listeners with weekly book recommendations, chat about exciting new upcoming releases and interview an incredible selection of authors. The Professional Book Nerds podcast is available through iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and wherever you listen to podcasts.