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The Librarians Fighting Book Bans

“The whole point [of a library] is to provide a wide variety of viewpoints and let the reader decide.”

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Episode Notes

Carolyn Foote was furious when Republican lawmakers in Texas singled out hundreds of books about race or sexuality for removal from school libraries. So she and a group of other librarians stepped into the fray to push back against what they see as harmful censorship.

Guest: Carolyn Foote, former librarian for schools outside Austin, Texas.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, Anna Rubanova, and Sam Kim.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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