Democracy Forum -- Book Banning: The Tip of the Iceberg?

WERU 89.9 FM
Blue Hill, ME
Friday, September 15, 2023
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

LWV-Downeast hosts a monthly radio program on democracy in cooperation with WERU FM. 

This month, we'll talk about book banning in an historical and political perspective: tensions between First Amendment rights and rights of parental control; whether and how book bans reflect the tip of the iceberg of other coercive ambitions: controlling ideas, controlling culture, controlling people, etc. What is happening in Maine and around the country?

Special Guests:

  • Lindsay Decker, Science Reference Librarian at the Fogler Library at the University of Maine, Orono. Lindsay is also an active member of the Maine Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC).
  • Kasey Meehan, Program Director, Freedom to Read, PEN America.
  • Jason Stanley, Jacob Urowsky Prof of Philosophy, Yale University

This show will be pre-recorded; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line. Learn more here.

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