36 episodes

Enter the controversial pages of banned and challenged books, of censorship and culture wars. Join Nicolle Okoren and Eden Wen twice a month as they read, discuss and understand the books and authors that communities across the United States have historically tried—and are still currently trying—to keep out of the hands of children and teenagers.

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Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club Nicolle Okoren & Eden Wen

    • Arts
    • 4.5 • 22 Ratings

Enter the controversial pages of banned and challenged books, of censorship and culture wars. Join Nicolle Okoren and Eden Wen twice a month as they read, discuss and understand the books and authors that communities across the United States have historically tried—and are still currently trying—to keep out of the hands of children and teenagers.

burnthisbook.substack.com

    29. Where's Waldo? by Martin Handford (1987) feat. kids

    29. Where's Waldo? by Martin Handford (1987) feat. kids

    Listen and subscribe to Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a rating and review on Apple Podcast. This helps others find us, which will promote our mission to make banned books more accessible to all readers.
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    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit burnthisbook.substack.com

    • 13 min
    Bonus: What does a librarian even do? feat. Linea Kemsley

    Bonus: What does a librarian even do? feat. Linea Kemsley

    References
    * https://www.ala.org/united/friends
    Listen and subscribe to Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a rating and review on Apple Podcast. This helps others find us, which will promote our mission to make banned books more accessible to all readers.
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    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit burnthisbook.substack.com

    • 52 min
    28. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987)

    28. Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987)

    References
    * Laura Plantation
    * “My Grandmother’s Hands” - Spotify
    Listen and subscribe to Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a rating and review on Apple Podcast. This helps others find us, which will promote our mission to make banned books more accessible to all readers.
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    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit burnthisbook.substack.com

    • 51 min
    Bonus: Sex Education feat. Katie Workman, LAC, MAPC

    Bonus: Sex Education feat. Katie Workman, LAC, MAPC

    Books recommended by Katie Workman, LAC, MAPC - Counselor of Psychology:
    * Who Has What
    * Where Willy Went
    * 30 Days of Sex Talks
    * The Care & Keeping of You
    * Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys
    * C is for Consent
    * Vaginas & Periods 101 Pop-Up Book
    * What’s In There?
    * I Said No!
    * My Body Belongs to Me
    * A Family is a Family is a Family
    References
    * http://www.jstor.org/stable/4120840
    * https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(18)30284-2/abstract
    Listen and subscribe to Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a rating and review on Apple Podcast. This helps others find us, which will promote our mission to make banned books more accessible to all readers.
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    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit burnthisbook.substack.com

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Rekindling: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (1884)

    Rekindling: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (1884)

    Today’s episode is a rerun from Season 1. We’ll be back with another book soon!
    In the meantime, check out our friends at Banned Camp who just finished reading Huck Finn aloud on their podcast.
    Listen and subscribe to Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a rating and review on Apple Podcast. This helps others find us, which will promote our mission to make banned books more accessible to all readers.
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    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit burnthisbook.substack.com

    • 35 min
    27. Where Did I Come From? & It’s Perfectly Normal, by Peter Mayle & by Robie Harris (1973 & 1994) feat. Dominique Dizon-Thomas

    27. Where Did I Come From? & It’s Perfectly Normal, by Peter Mayle & by Robie Harris (1973 & 1994) feat. Dominique Dizon-Thomas

    References
    Listen and subscribe to Burn This Book: A Banned Books Book Club. If you like what you hear, please consider giving us a rating and review on Apple Podcast. This helps others find us, which will promote our mission to make banned books more accessible to all readers.
    Follow us on Instagram to see what we’re reading next. Read along with us!


    This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit burnthisbook.substack.com

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

<3Gram+Em ,

Love this podcast!

I love reading along with this podcast and finally reading a lot of classic books that I’d never read before then hearing their commentary in the show. It’s like a book club with two great friends. Amazing! :)

BT603 ,

Fun, educational and timely!

A fun, educational, and timely podcast! With book bans spreading across the country, everyone should be paying attention and actually reading challenged books. This podcast is already one of my regulars.

Hot Knit ,

Doesn’t Deliver

The description promises a podcast that discusses and understands banned books and authors, but I don’t feel like they made much effort to understand Shel Silverstein. They mentioned his 2 Grammy’s but didn’t know that one of them was for Where the Sidewalk Ends, which is actually one of his banned books. The amount of speculation and judgement about Silverstein and his personal life (and his feet?) felt disrespectful and gossipy. It took up more time than the actual discussion of why his book was banned. I don’t mind chatty podcasts; I enjoy them if the chat has some substance and I felt like that was missing here.

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