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Banished explores past and present examples of *cancel culture*--and what happens when people, ideas and works of art get censored, silenced or banned.

It is one of five podcasts produced by Booksmart Studios

Fear and Scapegoating in the Time of Pandemics

The surprising connection between pandemics and cancel culture

November 17, 2021

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The Cancellation of Dorian Abbot

What's the future of academic freedom when campus climate overwhelms climate change?

October 20, 2021


The "Critical Race Theory" Hysteria

Why anti-CRT legislation is anti-American

September 29, 2021

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The Evolution of "Woke"

Lexicon Valley's John McWhorter tracks the shifting meaning of "cancel culture."

August 18, 2021

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If It's in the World, It's For Me

Interview with artist Dewey Crumpler


July 29, 2021

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Temptations of the West Reconsidered

Khalid reflects on leaving her homeland for the promise of intellectual freedom in the West. Has the West lived up to its promise?


November 3, 2021


Rethinking the Canon: What Makes a Classic?

On the enduring value of Plato,

St. Augustine and Gandhi

October 14, 2021


Expanding the Canon: Are "Great Books" Obsolete?

Is there value in reading the classics at a time when they are increasingly viewed as tools of oppression and white supremacy?

September 1, 2021

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Alice Walker Has Been Cancelled

In a rare interview, the Pulitzer Prize winning author discusses the repeated "cancellations" she has faced throughout her career.

August 4, 2021

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Whitewashing History?

It’s easy to remove works of art when people are offended by them. But how does erasing depictions of our history help us?

July 21, 2021

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