It’s Banned Books Week, so expect an even more provocative, hilarious, outrageous and scandalous show than usual! Why are books banned? Should it ever happen? Do we self-censor – and should we? Described by the Danish Prime Minister as the worst international crisis the country had faced since since the Second World War II, the furore over the the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons illustrates society’s dilemma over this issue. There is little doubt that the cartoons were calculated to give grave offense to Muslims: and over 100 people have since died in consequence of their publication. So what price free speech?
Leading lawyer Donna Ballman directs a thouthtful debate on this topic, and she’s joined by newcomer to our panel Nic Alderton who blends in with disturbing familiarity. Cath Murphy is back to ponder the magical art of book titles, and Dave Bartram puppies are in excellent voice, too. Also, many thanks to exemplary Emma Shortt for covering the chatroom tonight – Eve was away attending a high-powered publishing meeting!
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Other topics on tonight’s show include:
- A slip of the tongue on French television
- Lead a whore to culture – can you make her think?
- Mister Bean says spend, spend, spend!
- By George, she’s got it!
- Emma Thompson goes insane
- Why today’s Science Fiction isn’t classic
- Joe Haldeman writes at 5am on his porch in longhand, so should you
This week’s titles for the Commissioning Meeting are:
“The Genus Pinus”
George Russell Shaw, 1848-1937
“Pinocchio in Africa”
Angelo Patri, 1877-1965
“The Planet Strappers”
Raymond Z. Gallun, 1911-1994
“Adenoids: What They Are, How To Recognize Them, What To Do For Them”
United States. Public Health Service
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