Podcast

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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. 

The Cartoon is Mightier Than the Sword

All revolutions start somewhere. The artist Badiucao asks: "Why not start from me?"

February 23, 2022

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Common Sense, Unmasked

What happens when a state chooses politics over science?

February 5, 2022

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Why the Seuss Estate Pulled Six of Its Own Books

They will not sell them here or there. They will not sell them anywhere.

January 12, 2022

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Should More Colleges Drop the ACT and SAT?

Not in the name of equity and social justice

December 22, 2021

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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

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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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Does Free Speech Discriminate?

A brief, turbulent history of speaking your mind.

February 10, 2022

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The Subversiveness of Humor

Pakistani artist and activist Salima Hashmi talks about the extent to which freedom of expression is eroded under authoritarianism. Americans should pay attention.

January 27, 2022

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The Bother With Baby

An annual holiday staple, "Baby It's Cold Outside" has been called misogynistic, sexually aggressive and just plain creepy.

December 30, 2021

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Out of Darkness, Into the Fire

Why is a 2015 book about segregation suddenly being banned throughout Texas?

December 8, 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

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Rethinking the Canon: What Makes a Classic?

On the enduring value of Plato,

St. Augustine and Gandhi

October 14, 2021

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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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