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Banned Library Podcast

131 episodes - English - Latest episode: 4 months ago - ★★★★ - 21 ratings

Welcome to the Banned Library Podcast, the podcast that covers books that have been banned or challenged in schools, libraries, countries, and other strange places. Join librarian ST Harker as he reads banned books.

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My Teacher is an Alien by Bruce Coville

March 05, 2024 13:00 - 35 minutes - 35.5 MB

The library looks at a pre-YA classic about an alien invasion, talks about our favorite alien invasion movies, and discusses some potential ways to stop aliens in their tracks.

The Glove by Fritz Leiber

April 25, 2023 13:56 - 20 minutes - 19.7 MB

After a neighbor's assault, a young man must wrestle with the supernatural possibilities of a glove the attacker left behind.

The Island by Alice Brown

April 18, 2023 11:21 - 24 minutes - 24.8 MB

A man hears a tale of a shipwreck, a legendary island, and a lost love from a survivor of all three.

Square of Canvas by Anthony M. Rud

April 11, 2023 13:12 - 21 minutes - 21 MB

A female art student listens to artist Hal Pemberton tell his life story in an insane asylum.

Ruby Bridges Goes to School by Ruby Bridges

April 04, 2023 13:58 - 20 minutes - 20 MB

A little girl did a brave thing, and the world should remember to be kind.

Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl

August 16, 2022 14:19 - 27.7 MB

Mary kills her husband, and we go through her process.

Maus by Art Spiegelman

April 11, 2022 13:00

Author Spiegelman interviews his father, a Polish Jew and Holocaust survivor, while representing various groups in the story as animals.

Episode 3: Neon Gods and Writing Myth Takes

April 05, 2022 11:28 - 39 minutes - 40.1 MB

What would happen if you took the greek myth of Hades and Persephone and made them sex a lot? Neon Gods bursts forth in a spicy story meant for those with little need for plot and big need for sexy brooding waiting around.

Episode 2: Finna and the Quantum Immortality of Dale

March 01, 2022 13:22 - 33 minutes - 32.4 MB

A broken couple battles capitalism through the multiverse while our host talks about how his brother was lost in time and space. Special thanks to @gohomekiki for the recommendation.

Episode 1: F9 and Granny's Spanish Love

February 08, 2022 13:00 - 15 minutes - 15.3 MB

Starting the podcast fresh again, we talk F9: The Fast Saga and my Granny Wendy's lost love in Spain.

Banned TV - X-Files "Home"

May 18, 2021 12:58 - 51.5 MB

Mulder and Scully fight the Peacock fam and learn what motherhood is all about. Except really disturbing

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)

May 13, 2021 23:31 - 40 minutes - 41 MB

Mikael and Lisbeth come together to solve a decades old mystery while things get very dark for them.

Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and Varnette P. Honeywood (illus.)

April 20, 2021 07:06 - 27 minutes - 30.5 MB

Several lessons are learned including dealing with bullying, losing something you worked hard for, being a good sport, and not being a rapist.

Hunger Games (2012)

April 06, 2021 07:37 - 57 minutes - 60.1 MB

When a young girl is picked to fight to the death, she does to the detriment of the crazy dystopian society's leader.

Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (illus)

March 30, 2021 09:14 - 44 minutes - 48.6 MB

When two people who can stop time after having orgasms start a relationship, things get complicated when they also start robbing banks to save a library.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)

March 09, 2021 08:14 - 44 minutes - 48.6 MB

When platonic friends need money, the easiest way to get what everyone wants is to make pornography.

Sex is a Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth (illus.)

February 23, 2021 13:19 - 29 minutes - 31.5 MB

This episode we learn about sex and how people get so weird about their bits and bobs and why that matters.

Attack of the Vampire Weenies by David Lubar

February 18, 2021 04:55 - 33 minutes - 37.2 MB

We're talking short stories with bite that kill little kids in this episode that will make you believe mimes can be vampires.

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

February 09, 2021 11:00 - 19 minutes - 20 MB

This book is just utter nonsense, so I make a bunch of stuff up.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017)

February 02, 2021 14:59 - 54 minutes - 58.2 MB

A whole country hated this movie that Hard Rock Cafe strangely supported, a movie about spies fighting for drug use.

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

January 26, 2021 15:00 - 21 minutes - 21.9 MB

A kid loves this tree and the tree loves the kid back. Then the kid grows up, and the tree gets hacked to pieces.

The Sissy Duckling by Harvey Fierstein and Henry Cole (Illus.)

January 20, 2021 19:33 - 20 minutes - 21 MB

A small duck named Elmer does not fit in until a killing spree shows how special he really is.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd (illus.)

January 12, 2021 15:00 - 29 minutes - 31.5 MB

A rabbit says goodnight and outlasts the librarian who hated it.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle (illus.)

January 05, 2021 16:00 - 28 minutes - 30.5 MB

We learn colors and animals and that Texas looks before they leap unless by reading this book you are an activated sleeper agent.

Bad Kitty for President by Nick Bruel

December 15, 2020 15:00 - 18 minutes - 19.1 MB

Bad Kitty runs for neighborhood president and learns a lot along the way including some ways to not say swear words.

Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack and Stevie Lewis (illus.)

December 02, 2020 22:27 - 25 minutes - 25.7 MB

A story of a brutal monarch who kills a dragon, but is also a very sweet LGBT+ love story.

Skippyjon Jones series by Judy Schachner

November 25, 2020 00:28 - 34.3 MB

A small cat decides he is a Mexican superhero and kills a bumblebee.

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Marlon Bundo and Jill Twiss, EG Keller (illus.)

November 17, 2020 15:00 - 43 minutes - 41 MB

Marlon Bundo, the BOTUS, lives a lonely life until he meets Wesley. Can their love remain when the stink bug decides same sex marriage is still allowed?

How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

October 13, 2020 15:00 - 52 minutes - 54.4 MB

When a boy is bet he can't eat worms, he does despite his friends not being his friends through the pure evil that is the male ego.

Call to Adventure

February 11, 2020 09:58 - 12 minutes - 12.1 MB

A wizard with a sword rides into town to find the chosen one.

Moving Baggage by ST Harker

January 08, 2020 19:59 - 14 minutes - 15.2 MB

An abandoned bag on a runway causes distress for several airplane passengers.

This Day in June by Gayle E Pitman and Kristyna Litten

October 29, 2019 06:18 - 30.5 MB

It's a parade in June that celebrates a great subculture as well as provides amazing information! Plus a pigeon.

Scarlet Street (1945)

October 16, 2019 00:27 - 27 minutes - 29.6 MB

When a painter gets involved with some criminals, things take a super dark turn in this gritty noir.

Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)

October 14, 2019 04:07 - 26 minutes - 27.7 MB

A movie so funny they banned it in Norway, we're covering the life story of a man who got super killed.

Dirty Harry (1971)

October 01, 2019 19:40 - 39 minutes - 42.9 MB

There's a crazy madman running around San Francisco, and he's chasing a serial killer.

Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)

September 24, 2019 18:38 - 34 minutes - 37.2 MB

For Banned Books Week 2019, we revisit a story of a deranged relationship born from the world of fanfiction and now a multimillion dollar movie.

The Devil and Tom Walker by Washington Irving

September 18, 2019 18:23 - 23 minutes - 24.8 MB

A miserly couple has a run in with a man in the woods with an ax and it goes about like you would expect.

Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

September 17, 2019 19:57 - 27 minutes - 37.2 MB

A collection of tales about humans making it to Mars and being pretty disappointed for the most part.

Color Out of Space by HP Lovecraft

September 17, 2019 19:29 - 26 minutes - 27.7 MB

A surveyor hears the story of a meteor blighting the land of a small New England farm and destroying a family.

Guts by Chuck Palahniuk

September 04, 2019 18:38 - 25 minutes - 26.7 MB

A young man tells us all about his adventure in a swimming pool.

I Saw Esau by Iona and Peter Opie

August 22, 2019 06:31 - 31 minutes - 32.4 MB

What happens when some folklorists gather together all the children's rhymes and have them illustrated by a master children's illustrator?

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

August 14, 2019 06:15 - 32 minutes - 15.3 MB

A woman told to rest for her own good goes slowly insane in a room with yellow wallpaper… or does she? She totally does.

The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar

August 06, 2019 19:02 - 36 minutes - 17.2 MB

David did a bad thing and gets cursed by an old lady while figuring out who his friends are and what middle fingers are for.

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

July 30, 2019 12:00 - 28 minutes - 13.4 MB

We follow the ups and downs and rapes of a Chilean family for several mystical generations.

Grendel by John Gardner

July 24, 2019 15:18 - 37 minutes - 17.2 MB

We learn that a monster known to be a crazy bloodthirsty tornado of violence is really just a bit of a thinker. With claws.

Voicemails (2019)

July 12, 2019 23:57 - 20 minutes - 8.58 MB

A librarian gets in trouble when he agrees to transcribe the voicemails of an older patron.

Shade's Children by Garth Nix

July 02, 2019 15:56 - 40 minutes - 18.1 MB

When all the adults have vanished and overlords have taken over, a bunch of superpowered kids have sex and save the planet.

Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger

June 25, 2019 18:06 - 18 minutes - 8.58 MB

A not-so-banned book describing a town obsessed with high school football.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

June 04, 2019 18:40 - 22 minutes - 10.5 MB

A young girl befriends wolves and makes her way across the tundra looking for where she belongs.

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

May 30, 2019 05:41 - 28 minutes - 13.4 MB

Moby navigates water and religion and abortion and all kinds of difficult topics that are way worse than the language for which it was challenged.