Category: When Banned Things Happen To Good People

Episode 45 – Of Mice and Men (Part Two)

Todd is once again joined by guest Dave Coalmine to wrap-up their discussion of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, a book that does indeed contain both mice and men, as well as copious amounts of bleakness, despair, desperation, and frustration. But does it contain a mention of pornographic magazines?...
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Episode 44 – Of Mice and Men (Part One)

Todd is joined on this episode by Dave Coalmine to begin their look at John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, a book filled with dread almost from page one. This novella has been frequently banned or challenged over the years and was the 28th most banned or challenged book from...
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Episode 43 – This Book is Anti-Racist (Live)

Todd Sullivan and guest host Carlo Sia (Half-Cut Conspiracies) wrap up their look at This Book is Anti-Racist in this recording of their live episode. They discuss the important differences between being not racist and being anti-racist, why one is probably better than the other, and tackle the question of...
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Episode 42 – This Book is Anti-Racist (Part Two)

This episode Todd and guest host Carlo Sia (Half-Cut Conspiracies) explore the second half of the controversial This Book is Anti-Racist which was led to a crackdown on certain books in the Southlake Texas school curriculum. This portion of the book is primarily focused on what you can do to...
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Episode 41 – This Book is Anti Racist (Part One)

This Book is Anti Racist has inspired a touch of controversy in Southlake, Texas recently as a complaint from a mother about the title led the school district to stamp down on similar books, asking teachers to ensure that any controversial topics be treated neutrally, which makes one wonder,...
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Episode 40 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Todd takes a crack at hosting the podcast solo with a look at the 1974 “video nasty” The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. This might be one of the most popular horror films of all time, but it’s also, surprisingly, probably tamer than you realize or remember. Email: bannedthingshappen@gmail.com Facebook: https://facebook.com/bannedthingshappen Web: https://blahblahblahmedia.com Patreon: https://patreon.com/blahblahblahmedia Support: https://buymeacoffee.com/blahblahblah...
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Episode 39 – The Little Prince

  It’s a week late, but we’re all relaxing for the summer anyway, right? This episode it’s The Little Prince that Oren and Todd are discussing as they finish up their summer reading program of children’s books. It’s actually a novella rather than a children’s book, so maybe the extra...
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Episode 38 – The Paper Bag Princess

  Things get silly this week  when Todd invites his 10-year-old daughter to join the podcast to talk about The Paper Bag Princess, a book that was challenged in the 80s for promoting anti-family messages. So how do we feel about this Robert Munsch story about a boy, a...
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Episode 37 – Prince & Knight

Our hosts continue to kick back with some easy-to-read children’s books, including the LGBTQ+ friendly Prince & Knight, an apparently simple fairy tale that features a prince and a knight falling in love and living happily ever after, which is apparently considered pornography now. Sure, it’s a shorter episode than...
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Episode 36 – The Adventures of Captain Underpants

Todd and Oren take a bit of a break from big, serious novels to spend a few weeks look at books intended for a younger audience — that still somehow manage to get themselves banned. This week we look at the adventures of a man who runs around fighting...
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